Opera Orlando Announces its 4th Annual Summer Intensive ‘SINGS!’

By OperaWire

Opera Orlando is now accepting applications for its next cohort of singers for the 2024 Summer Institute for the Next Generation of Singers “SINGS!”

The SINGS! program is designed specifically for young singers, ages 15 to 20, interested in pursuing a classical singing career. This program provides professional-level training to help young singers navigate and prepare for college auditions, while also providing insight into how best to build a lifelong career in classical music. Opera Orlando’s program overs acting workshops, masterclasses, yoga sessions, vocal health, anatomy seminars, and individualized vocal training and coaching. Singers will also have the unique opportunity to work with Opera Orlando artistic director Grant Preisser to create a complete branding package for themselves including new headshots, a professional bio, resume, and the start of a website.

The Company’s annual summer training course for Young Artists will take place July 20-26 at the Opera Orlando offices in downtown Orlando. The week-long intensive culminates in a showcase concert on July 27 at the Timucua Arts Foundation. Admission for the concert is free and open to the public.

“I am looking forward to welcoming returning and new singers this summer for SINGS!,” said education director Sarah Purser in a press release. “It is always exciting for me to see what our participants can achieve in a week, and this summer we have a great line-up of faculty and staff to help guide these emerging young professionals including the Opera’s general director and Grammy Award-winning baritone Gabriel Preisser, acting coach and theater teacher Erin Michelson, and acclaimed tenor Alex Mansoori. We really focus on the individual with this program, equipping them with the best training and tools possible for them to continue their classical singing career be it opera, musical theater, or choral.”