Applications open for San Francisco opera programme

San Francisco Opera Guild’s ‘opera camp’ is now open for applications.

The Summer Conservatory Program gives 30 students aged between 10-18 the chance to experience the world of opera through workshops and performances.

Over the course of three weeks, workshops will cover voice, theory, movement, improvisation, language, acting and music theatre history.

The guild selects applicants through auditions, but no prior training is necessary to participate.

The programme will be led by its creator, Caroline Altman, and the guild’s music director John-Elliott Kirk.

The guild’s director of education programmes, Andrew Berger, said: ‘The Summer Conservatory is an exciting opportunity for young people to have a hands-on experience with the magic of opera. They will be working and learning in the midst of San Francisco’s vibrant downtown arts district, developing artistic skills and discovering new aspects of their creative capacity. It’s a program that deeply embodies the Guild’s mission to give voice to potential.’

The non-profit organisation reaches more than 50,000 young people annually through its extensive education programmes, and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

More information can be found on the San Francisco Opera Guild website.

Photo: Summer Conservatory students, courtesy of SFO