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WNO Opera Institute at American University



Biography

WNO Opera Institute at American University is an inspiring three-week summer training program for highly motivated high school singers and accompanists. Over 100 students from across the country and around the world audition every year; only about 30 are selected to participate. Throughout the course of the program, students take classes in opera history, ear-training and sight-singing, Italian diction, movement for singers, and acting. Students also participate in various workshops and master classes taught by leading international artists. WNO Opera Institute participants thrive on intense and focused curriculum geared toward preparation for college performance programs and beyond. The students featured in the Millennium Stage performance are selected by the faculty and excelled in areas such as performance, professionalism, academic success, good attitude, and growth as a musician.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/8/2017: WNO Opera Institute

WNO Opera Institute is a young and vibrant program located in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Institute is a three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment. The program has gained a reputation as one of the top pre-professional programs for high school musicians in the United States.

Video 7/9/2016: WNO Opera Institute

Participants in the WNO Opera Institute collaborate for a musical evening featuring classical singers. The Institute is a three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment.

Video 7/11/2015: Washington National Opera Institute

Participants in the WNO Opera Institute collaborate for a musical evening featuring classical singers. The Institute is a three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment.

Video 7/12/2014: WNO Opera Institute at American University

The young classical singers and pianists of the Washington National Opera’s summer program offer a night of collaborative performance.

Video 7/14/2012: WNO Opera Institute at American University

Participants in the three-week summer program that brings passionate, talented young musicians together collaborate for a performance featuring classical singers and pianists.

Opera Institute at American University