Summer Conservatory

Summer Conservatory

Opera Memphis presents the 14th annual



Opera Memphis Conservatory is a performance training program for talented Mid-South youth ages 12-19. Acceptance into the program is by audition only, and students are placed into either Session I or Session II based on vocal development.  Auditions will be held on April 18th and April 19th from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, and April 22nd from 10:00 PM to 12:30 PM at the Clark Opera Memphis Center.  Auditions are by appointment only and places for the program are limited.


Session I

Up to 25 students spend two weeks preparing a complete production with a performance on the last evening. In 2016, students performed the The Impressario: Dueling Divas, an original production by Morgan Beckford, using the music of Mozart’s famous opera.  Each student is given a role or roles within the show, and the two weeks are spent in vocal coaching and staging sessions. Workshops are presented on aspects of production. The rehearsal process concludes with a fully staged performance.

Dates:         June 12 – 23, 2017
       9:00AM – 2:00PM weekdays
   Clark Opera Memphis Center
          $300 per student
     12 – 18


Session II

Designed for aspiring opera singers who are considering pursuing voice performance in college, Session II enables up to 18 students to hone their craft under the tutelage of talented instructors. Session II students are assigned at least two roles in various opera, operetta, and musical theatre scenes. Participants rehearse the scenes in an atmosphere similar to an opera workshop, giving them a taste of a college level workshop process. They receive vocal coaching from a talented staff of voice instructors. Special workshops include acting, training the voice, and pursuing a career in opera. The session concludes with a fully staged performance of scenes.

Dates:         July 10 – 21, 2017
       9:00AM – 4:00PM weekdays
   Clark Opera Memphis Center
          $400 per student
         15 – 19


Scholarship Information


Auditions are by appointment only
and will be held at the following times:

Tuesday, April 18 (3:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
Wednesday, April 19 (3:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
Saturday, April 22 (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM)


Clark Opera Memphis Center


Youth ages 12 – 19

contact TO SCHEDULE:

Vernon Di Carlo: (901) 202-4537  


Students are asked to prepare one selection in classical vocal music style (aria, art song, or musical theatre). Please bring sheet music to the audition for the accompanist.  Other components of the audition will be script reading and vocal exercises. Auditions are free and open to potential students ages 12 – 19.  Auditions are required in order to be accepted into Session I or II. If open audition attendance is not possible, a video audition is acceptable if received BEFORE the audition dates.

Summer Conservatory Audition Information Form.
Please print and complete this form, and bring it with you to the audition.