Summer Conservatory | Opera Memphis

Summer Conservatory

Opera Memphis presents the 16th 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 for 2019 Sessions I & II have passed. Auditions for 2020 will take place next spring and dates will be posted below.

Session I

Up to 25 students spend two weeks preparing a complete production with a performance on the last evening. In 2018, students performed the operetta Once Upon a Hamster with music by Arthur Sullivan and words by Renee Davis Brame and Sarah Squire. 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 various aspects of performance production. The rehearsal process concludes with a fully staged performance in the evening of the final day of the Conservatory session.

Dates:         June 10-21, 2019
       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 the 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 as well as music history and diction. The session concludes with a fully staged performance of scenes in the evening of the final day of the Conservatory Session.

Dates:         July 8-19, 2019
       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 in late March or early April 2019.


Clark Opera Memphis Center


Youth ages 12 – 19


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.