SING with professional orchestra

PERFORM roles in fully staged scenes

IMPROVE your acting technique

EXPAND your art song repertoire

ENHANCE your career skills

Location: Cal State Los Angeles
Check In: July 5, 2017
Final Performance: July 29, 2017

Our month-long summer OPERA INTENSIVE is designed to develop career skills of the collegiate level singer (no age limit). Advanced high school singers may also be considered.

Participants receive coaching, focused on operatic style, performances techniques, dramatic presentation, body awareness, yoga, meditation, acting, stage combat, resume and career building.

The Cal State LA campus is located in the heart of Los Angeles, a thriving multicultural metropolis with beautiful beaches and ideal summer weather. The campus is easily accessible by metro/bus for SoCal residents; housing available for out-of-town artists.

Artistic Director Kristof Van Grysperre leads the program with faculty members Dr. Susan Kane, Victoria Kirsch, Anne Marie Ketchum, Suzan Hanson, Dr. Linda Zoolalian and other professionals in the field of opera.

All participants take part in:

  • Two evenings of fully staged opera scenes with professional chamber orchestra and conductor (July 28-29). 
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  • Art song recital project “Impressions & Expressions” (July 19).
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  • Professional photos will be available for students


  • Music & staging rehearsals for opera scenes
  • Vocal coaching by world-class faculty
  • Hatha yoga & meditation  
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  • Interactive master classes
  • “The 21st Century Singer” workshop focusing on:
  1. How to Make a Living as a Singer 21st Century
  2. The Value of Music in Other Fields
  3. Music Business and Entrepreneurship
  4. 21st Century Music Leadership
  5. and most importantly, developing YOU into a Successful Artist 
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  • Acting & Movement for the stage: Finding the personal connections to the characters, the words, the story, in conjunction with the driving force of the music, is a huge task for the singer! This course provides fundamental tools and approaches that can become part of the singer’s lifelong “toolbox” for all genres and styles of music and production.  This summer we’re adding Commedia dell’Arte and Stage Combat classes. 
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  • 10:00 am     Morning self-care for artists (yoga, morning warm-up)
  • 11:00 am     The 21st Century Singer workshop
  • 12:30 pm     Lunch break
  • 1:30 pm       Acting & movement for the stage
  • 2:30 pm       Opera scene music rehearsal
  • 3:30 pm       Recital coaching
  • 5:30 pm       Dinner break
  • 7:00 pm       Opera scene staging rehearsal
  • 9:00 pm       End of day



Send your application through email (

  • Please, provide the following information:
    1. name, date of birth, phone number, email address, mailing address, voice type, name of school and name of voice teacher
    2. resume
  • Live auditions ongoing in Los Angeles
  • Video auditions accepted

→ Audition information

  • Please prepare two contrasting classical selections: one piece must be in a foreign language + one piece must be an opera aria
  • An accompanist will be provided for all auditions
  • You will receive more details about your audition after emailing your application materials

TUITION/FEES (payable by check, PayPal, credit card and cash):

  • Application fee: $75
  • Tuition: $2,200. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program. The full tuition is due by June 1st.
  • Partial scholarships available
  • On-campus room rentals (optional): $1,550 (single occupancy, shared bath); $1350 (double occupancy, shared bath); we can provide linens for $50. Housing fee is due June 15th.
  • A partial tuition refund of $1,000 will be given if notified in writing and received by June 15th. After June 15th, no refunds will be given for any reason on any portion of the fees (tuition, housing), including the non-refundable $500 deposit.

Ready for a wonderful summer program? Just send us an email:

“I’m leaving inspired, full of passion with new skills to share with the world.”
– Angela Zúñiga

“It was the most positive operatic experience I have ever had.”
– Jenny Ahn

“The experience was eye-opening and life changing.”
– Joann Wyse


Co-sponsored by the Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters and the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance.