July 5-31, In-person!

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

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Guest Artists

UVAA is thrilled to welcome four of the most exciting operatic performers in the world:

Deborah Voigt

Michael Mayes

Rachel WIllis-Sørensen

Jennifer Larmore

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Anthony Buck

Artistic Director

Stage Director, Orpheus

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Toni Butler
Stage Director, Nozze

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Nicolas Giusti
Conductor, Nozze


Michaella Calzaretta

Conductor, Orpheus

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Marc Verzatt

Acting Instructor


Emily Williams

Vocal Coach


John Elam
Vocal Coach

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Taylor Burkhardt
Vocal Coach


Isaac Hurtado

Executive Director


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


COVID-19 Considerations: It is now anticipated with vaccines being distributed worldwide that we will be able to hold a live program in July, 2021. That being said, we will also be taking every precaution to keep everyone safe and healthy during the program. Should circumstances require us to move online, UVAA has a unique, online alternative that can be implemented  that will include digitally produced, complete performances of both operas and virtual versions of all program offerings. We are optimistic, however, that this will not be necessary. 

Dates: July 5-31, 2021

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

Applications: Priority deadline is February 10th, 2021, 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: 

Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (sung in Italian with orchestra)

Directed by Ella Marchment

Conducted by Nicolas Giusti

Roles available (double cast)

Susannah - Soprano

Countess - Soprano 

Barbarina - Soprano

Cherubino - Mezzo-soprano 

Marcellina - Mezzo-soprano 

Basilio - Tenor 

Don Curzio - Tenor 

Count - Baritone 

Bartolo - Baritone 

Figaro - Bass 

Antonio - Bass

Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld  (sung in English with orchestra)

Directed by Anthony Buck

Roles available (double cast)

Eurydice - Soprano

Venus - Soprano 

Cupid - Soprano

Diana - Soprano 

Public Opinion - Mezzo-soprano

Juno - Mezzo-soprano

Pluto - Tenor 

Orpheus - Tenor 

Mercury - Tenor

Jupiter - Baritone 

John Styx - Baritone 

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

Full participant: $2,500* (Includes a role in a main stage opera, participation in master classes and acting classes, 3 private coachings per week, other performances as scheduled)

Chorus only: $2,000* (Includes choral assignment in main stage operas, 2 coachings per week, 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 Aug 1st. 

Questions? Contact UVAA Office Manager, Liza Gee: utvocalartsacademy@gmail.com