Voice Program

Singers will perform in performances of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by the legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, one of the most recorded American opera singers in history, and the most celebrated baritone of his generation. In addition to performing in Figaro, singers will also have the opportunity to sing in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, participate in a fully staged scenes program and perform in an art song recital.

All singers in the program will have coachings with Sherrill Milnes, and all will have lessons and coachings with members of the music staff & faculty. Singers will participate in staging rehearsals and performance preparation, and receive Italian diction coaching

  • Voice Program
  • Voice Program
  • Voice Program

Performance Opportunities:

  • Principle roles in Le nozze di Figaro. The opera will be double cast, and each cast will sing two performances
  • Covers of principle roles for Figaro
  • Principal roles and covers in Die Zauberflöte.
  • Chorus for Figaro and Zauberflöte.
  • Song recital at a historic venue in Prague.
  • Principle roles in the opera scenes program

Program Highlights:

  • Coachings with Sherill Milnes and Maria Zouves
  • Voice lessons and coachings with voice faculty
  • Italian and German diction coachings
  • Masterclasses with guest faculty from leading opera companies in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria
  • Performance preparation & career development workshops
  • Chances to sing for European casting directors, theater directors and conductors. These individuals are invited to performances throughout the festival.
  • Opportunities to attend rehearsals at the Czech National Theatre, the Prague Symphony or the Czech Philharmonic.

Limited spots are also available for:


Conductors will act as assistant conductors for full opera productions, the opera scenes program, and the full orchestral programs. Conductors will have the opportunity to lead the orchestra in rehearsal and conduct in staging rehearsals, and may have concert opportunities. They will work closely with the music director and festival conductors, receive individual lessons, and participate in career development seminars.


Stage directors will work with Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on the elements of stage directing, and assist them in all aspects of fully staging Le nozze di Figaro in a major theatre, in addition to working on Die Zauberflöte. Stage directors will also work with the directors on the opera scenes program, and may have the opportunity to direct their own scenes in the scenes program, or within the fully staged operas.


Arts Administrators will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes on the planning and artistic operations as they relate to the festival. Each participant will be given important responsibilities related to producing operas, orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, touring, and other elements of running a major international festival. These may include orchestra management, music library, theatre production assistant, festival coordinator, personnel manager, tour manager, and stage director’s assistant.


Coaches will have the opportunity to work with leading opera coaches, voice teachers and stage directors on Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, the opera scenes program, as well as an art song performance and cabaret. Pianists will also have opportunities to play chamber music with the orchestral musicians, and the opportunity for piano lessons from faculty at the Prague Conservatory, or conducting lessons from festival faculty.