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Charting a Course as a Young Artist
Michael Egel
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Editor's Note: The article is excerpted from the Perspectives volume Making Choices: A Singer’s Guide from Classrooms to Contracts.

Navigating the various young artist programs that populate the American opera landscape can be daunting to singers and to those who support and train them. Every season new programs emerge, each offering different opportunities and experiences to participants and each requiring different experience and talent levels. Some programs are summer only and some year-round. Some are of the pay-to-sing variety and others offer a fee-based contract. Many programs are ideal for those still completing their formal education, while some are finishing programs designed for singers on the cusp of a professional career. “Am I ready for Program X?” “Am I too advanced for Program Y?” “Why isn’t Program Z interested in me?” “How much outreach should I do?”

About the Author: Michael Egel is the artistic administrator/director of education for Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO). During the winter, he works with the artists of DMMO’s OPERA Iowa touring troupe in developing educational materials and workshops and often serves as a stage director for their touring productions. He oversees DMMO’s extensive audition process and functions as a stage director within the Apprentice Program during the summer season. He has previously been on the administrative and directing staff at both Opera Memphis and the Natchez Opera Festival and has served as an adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.

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