2021 Mainstage Opera

Program condensed in 2021 into a three-week music and theatre intensive.

A 4-week opportunity (1 + 3) to gain role experience in a fully staged production in original language with four performances in historic John M. Hall Auditorium.

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. In 2021, we will focus for four intense weeks on technique, character development, acting skills, and interpretation through performances of La Traviata and a musical revue.

Upon completion of an audition, up to 14 singers (most double cast) will be accepted and cast in La Traviata. The program begins with a week of online/virtual coachings on June 26 and arrival on July 5, with departure from campus on July 26.

Fees are all-inclusive, so additional expenses are minimal while at Bay View and include voice lessons, coachings, staging rehearsals, acting lessons, and Thriving in the Arts seminar on real life skills for a career in music.
  • Performances will be accompanied by professional string quartet and piano.
  • Students will be cast in a musical revue production with two performances.
  • Focus is on stage movement, character development and the music. There will be costuming and some scenic elements, but due to Covid-19, the program may need to occur outside, so scenic elements will be minimal.
  • Three weeks in a charming village on Lake Michigan in one of the most beautiful resort areas in the world.
  • Single housing units to minimize threat due to Covid.
  • Total cost after scholarship ranges from $2,100-$2,400, including tuition, room, and board.
  • No application fee.
  • Open Roles include:
    o Violetta – if possible, the aria, “Sempre libera” or Italian aria with some flexibility
    o Germont – if possible, “Di provenza”
    o Doctor
    o Marquis
  • Roles are open until filled, though we hope to finish casting by April 1.
  • There are provisions for cancellation of the festival due to Covid-19, in which case all money would be refunded to the participant.

To apply, please send the following to voiceprogram@bayviewassociation.org.

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Youtube links to 2 arias and one musical theatre song. One aria must be in Italian. If you choose to sing something from La Traviata, that would be fine but not required.

Questions? Please call (231)225-8877 or contact voiceprogram@bayviewassociation.org.