Main Stage Opera


A 6-week opportunity to gain role experience in a fully staged production in original language.

Vocal study at the Bay View Music Festival is designed to provide singers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of vocal technique, operatic, art song, role preparation, stage presentation, acting technique and skills necessary to building a career in the arts (networking, resumes, taxes, grant writing, etc).

The Mainstage Opera program is our most comprehensive course of study . Upon completion of auditions, 12 singers (most are double cast) will be accepted and cast in Carmen. The program begins with arrivals on June 25.

Students interested in the 6-week opera mainstage program receive training in our flagship opportunity for those interested in gaining mainstage experience in a fully-staged opera in original language. Fees are all-inclusive, so additional expenses are minimal while at Bay View. Courses may include:

  • A role in the mainstage opera production
  • Weekly voice lessons
  • Coachings with Conductor/Repetiteur as needed
  • Thriving in the Arts seminars on real life skills for a career in music
  • Performance Practice Class for Singers (Art song literature and performance)
  • Classes may include Acting & Feldenkrais, plus workshops in stage combat (as needed)
  • Weekly performance opportunities in recitals
  • Outreach recitals in surrounding communities
  • Audition workshops
  • Resume review, etc. to create the best package possible for auditions
  • Participation in festival choir as section leader on Thur. and Sun. nights with solo opportunities
  • Students will be cast in ensemble for community musical theatre production featuring other collegiate singers in the principle roles.
  • Jazz/cabaret concert opportunities (optional, not obligatory)


In order to accommodate the many experience levels and financial challenges of today's young artists, we offer three different opportunities that can either be combined for one great 8-week experience, or a la carte. Dates below incl. arrival and departure date.

Summer Opera, Art Song, and Recording Seminar (SOARS): Arrive Fri. June 9, Depart Sun. June 25

MUSICAL THEATRE (Pippin): Arrive Fri. June 9, Depart Sun. July 16

OPERA MAINSTAGE (Carmen): Arrive Sun. June 25, Depart Sun. August 6

AMERICAN SPIRITUALS INTENSIVE: Arrive Sun. August 6, Depart Mon. August 14

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225