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Community :: Resident Artists


"Syracuse Opera's Resident Artists Program allows us to reach parts of the community we've not been able to reach in the past. Our education and outreach programs have a dynamic edge and our artistic vision is accessible and meaningful."
- Director of Music Douglas Kinney Frost

Syracuse Opera launched its Resident Artists Program during the 2008-09 season. Designed to bring opera to the broader community, the program is the cornerstone of Syracuse Opera's education and outreach programming. Three to four singers and one pianist are "in residence" in Syracuse at varying points during the mainstage season. They perform at numerous venues including schools, senior living facilities, and other civic and community organizations.

Selected through national auditions, the Resident Artists work to perfect their craft through training sessions with leaders in the performing arts including soprano Diana Soviero and stage director Bernard Uzan, who serve as artistic advisors to the program. A recent participant, tenor Nathaniel Peake (SO Resident Artist 2008-09), was selected as a 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Winner.

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Community :: Education Programs

Opera Up Close - Focused to inspire grades 7-12, Opera Up Close offers groups an intimate opportunity to converse with talented, rising opera stars. The discussion focuses on issues of career and life coaching with an emphasis on the performing arts. Topics include education, mentorship, arts in the 21 st century, connecting to technology, balancing career and family, and professional conduct. Truly a living classroom, the presentation includes performance opportunities from both sides of the footlights and can be further focused to meet specific group needs.

Presentations can be tailored to suit community center, retirement community, and church group audiences. Please call (315) 475-4915 or e-mail education@syracuseopera.com.

Open Dress Rehearsal

Syracuse Opera opens the dress rehearsal - held the Wednesday evening before each mainstage production - to educators and students interested in a real-world pedagogical experience. Music, theater, theater tech, literature, and foreign language students alike will benefit from this special access to the dress rehearsal. Generally offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a short program is presented by a member of Syracuse Opera's staff followed by the first act of the opera. You are, of course, welcome to stay until the rehearsal's conclusion. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain insight to the professional opera rehearsal process. For more information, please call (315) 475-5915 or e-mail education@syracuseopera.com.

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Community :: Aria Society

The Syracuse Opera Aria Society is a group devoted to promoting opera education for today and tomorrow, encouraging the appreciation of opera by new audiences, and supporting Syracuse Opera through membership dues.

The Aria Society:

  • promotes education by bringing opera to students of all ages;
  • provides funding for opera tickets to students who might not have the financial means to explore opera;
  • creates community awareness of opera as an art form; and,
  • helps sustain key Syracuse Opera programs and supports the company's commitment to artistic excellence.

As a member of the Aria Society you will be invited to three luncheons featuring keynote speakers each year, meet others interested in opera, learn more about opera as an art form, and help support Syracuse Opera's educational programs through membership dues - $35 per individual and $50 per couple.

For more information regarding membership and this season's events, please call (315) 475-5915 or e-mail info@syracuseopera.com.

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