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Opera Institute

Admissions Information

Program Application

All students are required to complete the online application form by February 5, 2016. The 2016 WNO Opera Institute application will be available in late fall of 2015.

Application requirements include an essay, letter of recommendation (1), and photo. Resumés are optional.

Audition Information

Opera Institute accepts live and video auditions. Students eligible to audition should be 15-18 years old and already engaged in in-depth vocal study with an interest in pursuing a musical career in opera. Singers currently should be studying Italian Art Songs.

Audition Requirements

Please prepare two art songs; one must be in Italian. Arias from the standard opera and operetta repertoire are not permitted. Art songs such as those in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias and similar are suggested. If attending a live audition, please bring two copies of your music with you. An accompanist will be provided.

Live Auditions

Live auditions are strongly preferred by the judging panel for students who live within a 3-4 hour drive from Washington, DC. Applicants wishing to schedule a live audition should do so by calling (202) 416-8846 or emailing prior to submitting an online application and no later than February 5, 2016. Please call early as space is limited.

Video Auditions

Students should only submit a video audition if they are not able to attend a live audition. Students must announce their name, the name of their selection, and the composer of their selection at the beginning of the video; be dressed for an audition; and have the camera set to show a full-length shot of them for the entirety of their performance. Videos must be uploaded as part of the online application by February 5, 2016.

Audition Dates

Please contact us at or 202-416-8846 to schedule an audition by February 5, 2016.

Live auditions: The Kennedy Center:
Saturdays, February 13 and 20, 2016
The John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Video auditions:
Must be uploaded as part of the application and received by February 5, 2016

Tuition & Scholarships

The costs below are for the three weeks of the 2016 WNO Opera Institute:

Tuition $2,000
Housing $1,200
Total $3,200

Opera Institute has partial and full tuition scholarships available for students with financial need. However, all students are encouraged to find additional funding through businesses in their community, their schools, and local music societies. Some students even have created their own benefit concerts!

Scholarship applications are separate from the online application, and must be received by February 19, 2016. Please do not fax or email scholarship applications. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Education/Opera Institute
ATTN: Scholarships
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Opera Institute Class

Students applying for scholarships must provide: