Vocal Artist Information
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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 2022 season, for which artists will be in residence May 25-July 23, will include three double-cast, fully staged productions of Così fan tutte, La rondine and A Little Night Music in seven or eight performances each. The Studio Artist outreach opera will be Pinocchio and will be presented in numerous performances in venues in Northwest Arkansas, the pandemic situation permitting. Back in 2022 will be our popular Broadway Cabaret evenings.
In addition to extensive performance opportunities, OIO artists benefit from offerings in acting, movement, stage combat, and career development, taught by resident, guest and OIO alumni artists. Resident voice instructors offer weekly lessons, classes and attend the final rehearsals of productions to offer insights to assure artists’ best performances. Morning movement/stage skills class is a warm-up and sets the tone for long, productive days. Yoga for performers is another daily offering, popular with singers, staff and orchestra members.
Hear distinguished OIO alumni speak of their experience at Inspiration Point and how it helped shape their lives and careers.
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Emerging Artists Program
Emerging Artists are cast in the principal roles of the three mainstage productions and sing three to four performances of each role over the course of the four-week festival season. Many have the opportunity to perform multiple roles. 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 publicity programs with early rehearsals beginning mid-May (pandemic permitting in 2022).
Studio Artists Program
OIO Studio Artists are the younger, not-yet-as-experienced company members, usually undergraduate vocalists. By the end of the summer, they are no longer without significant experience. They are featured in the very popular, one-hour outreach production (Pinocchio in 2022) 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 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. 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 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, chamber orchestra, practice and relaxation abound. See the ORCHESTRA page for details and employment opportunities for 2022.