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Second Opera Workshop Set at Salem This Summer

For the second summer in a row, the American Singers Opera Project (ASOP) of North Carolina will be holding an intensive two-week workshop at Salem College. The dates are May 30-June 13, 2009. The ASOP program was founded in 1994 in New York City and moved in 2007 to North...

For the second summer in a row, the American Singers Opera Project (ASOP) of North Carolina will be holding an intensive two-week workshop at Salem College. The dates are May 30-June 13, 2009.

The ASOP program was founded in 1994 in New York City and moved in 2007 to North Carolina in an effort to keep programs affordable for aspiring young singers. The purpose of ASOP is to educate American opera singers about what it takes to have a career in opera. Graduates of ASOP are now singing in Europe and at the New York City Opera.

Last year’s workshop at Salem had 55 applicants with 20 accepted; this year there will be only 24 openings and applications are already up, with some coming from as far away as Alaska and Canada.

Director Barbara DeMaio Caprilli, assistant professor of music at Salem College, says that she is actively seeking donors so that almost every participant will receive some type of financial aid. Staff members and instructors are also doing their part to make the program affordable in today’s economy by taking pay cuts and looking for other cost savings. 

The workshop will feature vocal master classes with renowned singers and teachers; classes and individual instruction; and a variety of performances open to the public. Leaders will be ASOP founder Nancy Stokes-Milnes and director Caprilli. Aspiring opera singers will learn about performance skills, artistic values, vocal and operatic history as well as professional and ethical standards.

At the conclusion of the workshop, students will perform Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte for the public; times and dates will be announced soon.

For more information about the workshop, contact Caprilli at 336/749-5536 or email programs@asop-inc.org. Details about ASOP may be found at www.asop-inc.org.