Central City Opera Fact Sheets

Established in 1932. Celebrating 90 Years in 2022.

About the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist Training Program

Established in 1978 by the late artistic director emeritus John Moriarty, the annual summer-long Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist Training Program is a national model of opera training and performance, assisting new artists between the ages of 21 and 30 in launching their careers.

Every year, around 1,000 applicants compete for 20 – 30 slots (depending on the season) each year. Those who are selected enrich their artistry through a rigorous schedule of classes, rehearsals and individual coaching. Graduates of the program continue on to perform throughout the world and receive critical acclaim.

The program is split into two levels of training: apprentice artist and studio artist. Apprentice artists have earned their undergraduate and, usually, graduate degrees. They are selected not only for their singing ability, but also for their suitability for specific roles, as they will understudy the principal singers. Apprentice artists sing secondary roles for mainstage performances and principal roles for the Family Matinee. Outstanding apprentices are often invited back for another year. The studio artists are younger singers who show talent and potential and are ready for training beyond academia. They sing in the chorus, play secondary roles in family performances and perform in the many festival events.

The 10-week program includes daily opera training in diction and movement, stage combat, makeup and costuming, individual vocal coaching and sessions in career management, such as how to write a resume and maintain a performance portfolio, how to audition to succeed, combined with rehearsals and performance opportunities. In addition to receiving training and apprentice opportunities, the young artists perform during the summer performance season.

Opera House Address

124 Eureka Street
Central City, CO 80427

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(303) 292-6500 (Admin Offices)
(303) 292-6700 (Box Office)