Vocal Artist Information
Click here for information about our 2021 Season in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: 2021 OIO “Jelly Donut”
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony (IPFAC), often referred to as “The Point,” is an intensive eight-week summer training and performance program for young singers, selected from competitive national auditions. Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point has a venerable, continuous history of training young artists since 1950. No other training institute for young people offers the scope and depth of this total immersion into the process of preparing and performing opera.
Alumni of this program now sing in the major opera houses of the world; many others teach at prestigious colleges and universities. Artists are trained, conducted, coached and encouraged by a supportive, professional staff. Included is all training, coaching, workshops, and nurturing required to present opera in full productions—scenery, lights, costumes, wigs—accompanied by an orchestra.
The 2021 season, May 26-July 24, will include two double-cast fully staged productions of Cendrillon and Lucia di Lammermoor in twelve performances. For this mid-COVID year the Studio Artists’ traveling children’s opera production will be replaced with a one-hour ecology-themed adaptation of The Magic Flute on our IPFAC stage. period. We will again offer a Broadway/Opera Scenes evening. Our artists enjoy additional enrichment offerings in acting, movement, musical preparation, and career development by resident and OIO Alumni artists safely contributing virtually in 2021. Throughout the program resident and remote voice teachers offer weekly lessons and yoga for performers is a daily offering.
Emerging Artists Program
Information about our 2021 season will be available soon
The 70th Season, May 20-July 17, 2020, was to have featured productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (in Italian), Cendrillon (in French) and Robert Ward’s The Crucible (in English). The Studio Artist outreach opera is TBA.
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony (IPFAC), often referred to as “The Point,” is an intensive eight-week summer training and performance program for young singers, selected from competitive national auditions. Emerging Artists Program: Emerging Artists study, rehearse and perform three operas in fully staged productions with orchestra. Many have the opportunity to perform multiple roles.
Because roles are usually only double cast, artists are assured of growing through multiple performances. Emerging Artists also sing in the chorus and participate in outreach events and the Broadway Cabaret. A trio of singers may be invited to participate in pre-season publicity programs with early rehearsals beginning mid-May.
Artists are trained, conducted, coached and encouraged by a supportive, professional staff. Included is all training, coaching, workshops, and nurturing required to present opera in full production—scenery, lights, costumes, wigs—accompanied by an orchestra.
The season includes 4 weeks of rehearsal, 3 main stage operas in more than 20 performances, numerous performances of the outreach opera and other events –all presented over a 30-day period. In addition, singers participate in special events such as the program at Crystal Bridges Museum and A Taste of Opera at the historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.
Once the productions have opened, guest artists come to The Point to offer master classes, workshops and classes important to an opera singer’s development. Planned for 2020: vocal master classes, yoga for performers, stage combat, career development, recitative style, role preparation, and more. Additional daily classes and workshops in acting, movement, diction and more are a feature of the final weeks of the program.
Studio Artists Program:
This program is designed for younger, usually undergraduate vocalists. They are cast in the one-hour outreach production, performed before hundreds of children and families throughout Northwest Arkansas. The 2019 outreach production was Monkey See, Monkey Do. In previous seasons it has been Jack and the Beanstalk, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Opera Games, When Toys Talk – an English adaptation of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and The Pirates of Penzance.
Studio artists often are cast in secondary roles in the mainstage productions, sing in the chorus and are featured in the Broadway Cabaret.
Fees & Transportation
The cost of the 8-week program is $4750 for the Emerging Artist program, $3750 for the Studio Artist program. The tuition covers accommodations and meals. Transportation to Opera in the Ozarks is the responsibility of participants. If you choose to fly, Northwest Arkansas (Airport code is XNA) is the nearest airport. OIO will make arrangements to pick you up and transport you to The Point.
The Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra consists of professional and advanced student 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, chamber orchestra, practice and relaxation abound. Click here for full details