Young Artists Institute


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Maryland Lyric Opera will be offering a three-week intensive preparatory institute for young artists in the DC/MD/VA area. We will be offering 5 singers an intensive program that addresses the needs of young artists pursuing a career in opera.  

Young artists will be working primarily on full Italian opera roles and arias. The foundation of our program is providing access to Maestro Louis Salemno. They will leave our program having perfected at least one full Italian opera role as best as possible at the artists level of development. Final concert of arias and ensembles held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Sharing Music, Sharing Love will bring music with a positive message not so often heard in the United States to folks who are normally unable to attend a concert at such a professional level. The foundation of the program is music by Czech composer Antonin Dvořák including his Biblical Songs Op. 99 (1-5) are settings of 5 Psalms in Czech which all discuss triumphing in the face of great struggle.

Though these texts are treasured by many religions, they transcend any one faith tradition and were crafted into a truly uplifting song cycle.  Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs Op. 55 is a cycle of seven songs which all follow a Gypsy who lives to be free. Though life gets complicated, the Gypsy explains that freedom is more valuable than gold. They are characteristic for their fervent expression and emphasis on the bond between man and nature, on humankind’s elemental need for music, and on freedom as something to be valued above all else.  

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