Institute for Young Dramatic Voices

July 19 – August 7, 2016
University of Nevada, Reno

Created in 2006 by world renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick  as a response to the acknowledged shortage of voices suited to opera’s dramatic repertoire such as Wagner, Verdi, and Strauss,  the mission of the Institute is to identify and nurture young dramatic and unusual voices as well as guide those unique talents so that they reach the world’s great opera stages.

The program structure is innovative and comprehensive, including supporting students as they move into their professional stage careers through a collaborative network with opera companies and advanced young artist programs. Approximately 30 participants are accepted into the annual 3-week intensive program for young singers through a rigorous application process.  Training is personalized to the level of the singer, with the goal of forming the whole singer through a program of voice lessons, music fundamentals, diction (Italian, German, and English), acting, fitness, and professionalism. Faculty members represent professionals from the top of their field who offer students a level of instruction and guidance that would otherwise be beyond their financial means.

MJC works with the Institute to develop promotional materials and offers a seminar to the participants on professionalism, public relations, and social media.

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