Vocal Artist Information
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Emerging Artists Program
OIO Emerging Artists are cast in the principal roles of the three mainstage productions and sing three to four performances of each role during the four-week festival season. Many artists perform multiple roles but because roles are only double cast, artists are assured of the opportunity to grow into their roles through multiple performances. Emerging Artists also sing in the chorus (but are involved in only two of three productions) and the Broadway Cabaret. Many contribute to OIO outreach activities. A trio of singers may be invited to participate in pre-season outreach programs with beginning early/mid-May.
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Studio Artists Program
OIO Studio Artists are the younger, not-yet-as-experienced company members, undergraduate vocalists but by the end of the summer, they no longer lack lots of significant performance experience. Studio Artists are featured in the very popular, one-hour outreach production (TBA for 2023) which is performed for hundreds of children and families throughout Northwest Arkansas. Previous productions have included Monkey See, Monkey Do, The Magic Flute, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Opera Games, When Toys Talk (adaptation of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges) and The Pirates of Penzance.
Studio artists are often cast in secondary or featured-chorus roles in the mainstage productions, sing in the chorus and are featured in the Broadway Cabaret. They partake fully in lessons, classes and all other enrichment activities at The Point.
Fees & Transportation
The cost of the 8-week program is $5000 for the Emerging Artist program, $4000 for the Studio Artist program. Scholarship assistance is available. The tuition covers accommodations and meals. Transportation to Opera in the Ozarks is the responsibility of participants.
The Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra consists of young professional musicians from across the country. The instrumentalists enter fully into the artistic and social life at The Point. After the intense preparation period and the three main stage operas have opened, opportunities for chamber music, practice and relaxation abound. See the ORCHESTRA page for details and employment opportunities for 2023.