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UVAA Summer Opera Festival, formed in 2011 and new and improved for 2023, gives aspiring opera singers role experience in full opera productions with orchestra, while providing world-class training in role preparation, vocal technique, acting and language. Former participants are currently performing on stages across the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and more. They include national winners of the Met's Laffont Competition, Domingo's Operalia, The Lotte Lenya, among others. 

Program features:

  • Performance of a full role with orchestra or cover of a full role with a piano cover run. 

  • Performance at Death By Aria Competition.

  • Possible performance at Opera Goes to the Movies scene show.

  • Regular vocal coaching and/or voice lessons.

  • Acting classes.

  • Master classes with world-renowned artists, agents, and teachers. Confirmed masterclasses this year will include Deborah Voigt and Frank Lopardo with more-soon to be announced. Past seasons have included Jennifer Laramore, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Darrell Babidge, Peter Randsman, Mark Verzatt,  Stanford Olsen and others.

  • Professional quality videos and photos of each main stage production included at no extra charge.

  • State of the art performance facilities at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts. ​​​


Repertoire and roles 2023

(Each role will be double cast and have one cover)

Così fan tutte by Mozart- sung in Italian with orchestra:

Fiordiligi – Soprano

Dorabella – Mezzo-soprano

Despina – Soprano

Ferrando – Tenor

Guglielmo – Baritone

Don Alfonso – Bass-baritone

Cendrillon by Massenet- sung in French, with orchestra:

Cendrillon (Cinderella)- Soprano

Madame de la Haltière- Contralto

Le Prince Charmant - Falcon or Soprano

La Fée - Light Soprano

Noémie - Soprano

Dorothée - Mezzo-soprano

Pandolfe - Bass or Baritone

The following roles will be single-cast, performed by chorus:

Le Roi - Baritone

Le Doyen de la Faculté - Tenor

Le Surintendant des plaisirs - Baritone

Le Premier Ministre - Bass or Baritone

1st spirit - Mezzo-soprano

2nd spirit - Soprano

3rd spirit - Soprano

4th spirit - Mezzo-soprano

5th spirit - Soprano

6th spirit - Soprano

Voice of the royal herald (off-stage) -Spoken

Serse by Handel - Sung in Italian, semi-staged: with small ensemble

Serse (Xerxes) - Countertenor or Soprano

Arsamene - Contralto

Amastre - Contralto

Romilda - Soprano

Atalanta - Soprano

Ariodate - Bass

Elviro - Baritone

Opera Goes to the Movies (Scenes production with Piano):

Featuring scenes from: La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d'Hoffmann, La traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Lakmé, Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Die Empfürung aus dem Serail, Les pêcheurs des perles, and Turandot.

Death By Aria:

Each participant will present up to three opera arias for a live crowd and judges in this cross between Survivor and American Idol. 

Program Cost:

(Tuition is non-refundable under any circumstance)

$3,250* (Includes a role in a main stage opera, participation in master classes and acting classes, weekly private coachings, other performances as scheduled)

  • Work study opportunities available

  • Limited scholarships available

Chorus only: $2,000* (Includes choral assignment in main stage operas, weekly private coachings, master classes, acting classes)

Auditor: $1,000* (Attendance at all master classes, acting classes, performances)

*Housing, transportation, and food costs for out of state participants are not included. UVAA has an agreement with a nearby apartment complex that is very affordable. The cost usually ranges from $450-650 (not including refundable deposit) depending on the particular accommodations and utilities desired. 

Off-book policy:

All UVAA participants are expected to arrive on the first day 100% memorized in all their role assignments.  We will run the operas that day and establish who is off-book.  All those not completely off-book will automatically be moved to cover status. Singers who had previously been assigned a cover status will then be moved into active role assignments. 

Off-night chorus policy:

All singers will sing in the chorus on their off-night in one or both operas. 

CFAR Travel Insurance: 

Since program tuition is non-refundable, we strongly recommend that each participant purchase (before paying tuition or booking travel) Cancel For Any Reason travel insurance in the amount of UVAA tuition plus housing and airfare.  ​​


Please arrange to fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, or possibly Provo Municipal. All airfare and travel costs are the sole responsibility of the participant. Specific arrival and check-in dates should be cleared with the apartment complex management. You should be in Orem by 9am on July 5th. Departure should be July 30th. 

Questions? Contact UVAA Company Manager, Lauryn Moscon:


Nozze di Figaro 2021

Dates: July 5-29, 2023

Location: Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Utah Valley University Campus

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Jonah Hoskins, tenor (UVAA 2011-16)

Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Debuting as Nemorino at the MET in April 2023

2nd Place winner, Operalia 2022

(Student of Isaac Hurtado 2011-2017)


Eric Taylor, tenor (UVAA 2014-15)

Semifinalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Santa Fe Opera 

Houston Grand Opera

(Student of Isaac Hurtado 2014-2018)

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