2023 Festival Season to be announced soon!

Coach any role of your choice with our incredible staff of coaches, including Maestro Nicolas Giusti and Jeffrey Price. 

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2022 Guest Artists


Isaac Hurtado
General Director


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Nicolas Giusti
Artistic Director


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Timothy Cheek
Czech Coach


Gayla Blaisdell
Stage Director

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Marc Verzatt

Acting Instructor

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Lauryn Moscon
Company Manager


Program Overview

Since 2011, UVAA has been providing singers the valuable opportunity to build their resumes outside of academia by performing full operatic roles with orchestra, while coaching and training with our excellent musical and acting staff and world class guest artists. The program provides instruction, networking, and experience geared towards career development within the field of opera. Many of our past participants have gone on to have successful careers. 

Program Details


Dates: July 5-30, 2022

Location: Orem, UT (Noorda Center for the Performing Arts on Utah Valley University campus and other local locations)

Applications: Priority deadline is February 10th, 2022, however we will accept applications until all roles are filled. 

Utah Vocal Arts Academy is using Yaptracker for our applications this season. Applications will be available shortly. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to Yaptracker to use the application form, though you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).  Registration can be completed at http://www.yaptracker.com.

Application requirements: Applicants should prepare (2) contrasting opera arias for online video submission. Please make sure that the audio and video are of a good quality. Video should be close enough to see facial expressions if possible. Studio recorded (mixed and sound engineered) videos are not acceptable. We are looking for live, unmixed singing. 

Repertoire and roles 2021: 

Dvorak's Rusalka - sung in Czech:

Rusalka – Soprano

Foreign Princess – Soprano

Turnspit – Soprano

1st Sprite – Soprano

2nd Sprite – Soprano

3rd Sprite – Mezzo or Contralto

Jezibaba – Mezzo

Prince – Tenor

Gamekeeper – Baritone

Water Gnome – Bass


Puccini's Gianni Schicchi - sung in Italian:

Lauretta – Soprano

Nella – Soprano

La Ciesca – Soprano or Mezzo

Zita – Mezzo

Rinuccio – Tenor

Gherardo – Tenor

Gianni Schicchi – Baritone

Marco – Baritone

Betto – Baritone or Bass

Simone – Bass

Spinelloccio – Bass

Notario – Bass


Purcell's Dido and Æneas - sung in English:

Dido – Soprano or Mezzo

Belinda – Soprano

2nd Woman – Soprano

Sorceress – Mezzo or Baritone

1st Witch – Soprano or Countertenor

2nd Witch – Mezzo or Countertenor

Spirit – Soprano or Countertenor

Sailor – Soprano or Tenor

Æneas – Tenor or Baritone


Mozart's The Impresario - sung in English

Mlle. Silverpeal – Soprano

Mme. Herz – Soprano

M. Vogelsang – Tenor

Buff – Bass

Frank – Spoken 

Program Cost: (Tuition is non-refundable under any circumstance)

Full participant: $2,600* (Includes a role in a main stage opera, participation in master classes and acting classes, weekly private coachings, other performances as scheduled)

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 $400-550 depending on the particular accommodations and utilities desired. 

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.  

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. 


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 31st. 

Questions? Contact UVAA Office Manager, Hannah Boyack: utvocalartsacademy@gmail.com