The Central Florida Lyric Opera is an opera company which produces fully staged operas and other musical programs in addition to providing members of its Resident Artist Training Program classes in  voice technique, vocal coaching and role preparation, language study, workshop classes in audition techniques, acting and presentation and master classes with internationally renown teachers for the purpose of providing advanced training and opportunities for career-oriented opera singers.  The Resident Artist Training Program is a highly select, post-graduate opera program tailored to exceptionally talented career-destined opera singers.  Although singers are ocassionally paid a small stipend for some concert performances, in general, the Resident Artist Training Program is a tuition-free, non-paid training program.

Main stage productions are performed in their original language, fully staged and costumed with piano or small orchestral accompaniment. In addition, singers perform numerous excerpt concerts each semester. Operas are double or triple-cast when possible, so there is plenty of opportunity for each member of the training program to study and gain experience learning and performing full roles.

Oftentimes, even graduates from the finest performing arts conservatories in the world find themselves unable to obtain regular work in their field because they lack the needed amount of training and experience.  Through its opera productions, concerts and opera scene programs, performance opportunities here in the United States and in Europe, master classes with opera professionals from all over the world, private and group classes in voice technique, vocal coaching and role preparation, language study, and workshop classes in audition techniques, acting and presentation, the Central Florida Lyric Opera helps give singers the training and experience needed to embark on successful opera careers

The Central Florida Lyric Opera is about opportunity and experience. Our International Opera Center of America Exchange Program provides singers interested in studying and performing abroad with an opportunity to study and perform in Europe in addition to our regular programs here in the U. S.  Through this exciting exchange program, the Central Florida Lyric Opera is also able to present to its American audiences, exciting talent from all over the world.  (Read the Company Handbook for Performers)

The Central Florida Lyric Opera has three training programs:

The Resident Artist Training Program is designed for talented, career-oriented singing artists, between the ages of 18 and 35, desiring experience and advanced training in the vocal arts.  Program members attend classes in voice, stage presentation, and languages as well as participate in all IOCA’s regularly scheduled performances.  They also attend the annual IOCA Master Classes, conducted by nationally and internationally known teachers, coaches, and singers. 

The Young Artist Training Program is designed for talented, singing artists, under the age of 18, desiring experience and training in the vocal arts, and whose level of talent has been developed to the point where they have excelled in the performing arts and show potential for professional careers as performers.  Many of the young performers with the International Opera Center of America have risen to national and international recognition having gained their earliest opportunities through this program.  Members of the Young Artist Training Program are entitled to the same classes and training as the members of the above Resident Artist Training Program and many receive the same performance opportunities based on merit by audition.

The Community Opera Arts Training Program is designed for talented, singing artists, over the age of 35, desiring experience and training in the vocal arts, and whose level of talent has been developed to the point where they have excelled to a professional level.  Members of the Community Opera Arts Training Program are entitled to the same classes and training as the members of the Resident Artist Training Program and receive the same performance opportunities based on merit by audition.

Auditions

Auditions for the Central Florida Lyric Opera are held periodically throughout the year.  The process for setting up an audition is as follows:

  • Read about the Central Florida Lyric Opera and it's training programs here on this page.

  • Watch the video which explains about our Artists and Programs

  • Fill out an online application by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the link.

  • Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you to set up an audition.

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