Welcome to IYDV
Born of a desire to train young dramatic singers and help them reach the world stage, the Institute is the brainchild of Dolora Zajick, Rosemary Mathews, and Sarah Agler. It is an innovative 3-week intensive summer program of study for singers with large or unusual voices ages 15–36 at varying levels of vocal development.
Students study one-on-one with leading coaches and voice teachers who understand the nature of an adolescent voice unfolding in a growing body. The Institute’s carefully selected experts from across the industry work in close collaboration not only with the students, but with each other, to provide a solid foundation of skills a professional singer really needs to embark on and survive a successful operatic career.
In 2013, the Institute developed a partnership with the Wagner Society of Washington DC. The result is the American Wagner Project offering role study, German language diction, and specialized coaching and classes for future Wagnerian singers as well as presenting annual Wagner concerts in Washington and a series of symposia.
Find out more about the Institute here.
A HAVEN FOR BIG VOICES…
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
Congratulations to former IYDV participant, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen who took home First Prize in the 2014 Operalia Competition in Los Angeles! As well as first prize, Rachel was also awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize (for Wagner/Strauss repertoire) and The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize.
Each of the 13 finalists performed an aria accompanied by orchestra, with some of the finalists also performing zarzuela solos. Placido Domingo presided over the finals competition, serving as the emcee as well as conductor.
For more information and a full list of the prizes, read the article in the LA Times
Opera Today’s Maria Nockin spent some time at the 2014 IYDV program in Salt Lake City and had a chance to sit down with Dolora to talk about the Institute – what makes them different, how they support young singers and what they are planning for the future!
Read the full interview on the Opera Today website
Tenor Issachah Savage clearly wowed all those in attendance at the Seattle Opera’s International Wagner Competition on Thursday, August 7th. He cleaned up the prize categories, winning not only First Prize, but also both the Orchestra and Audience Choice Awards, and was asked by Speight Jenkins to sing on Saturday at the Seattle Opera’s Speight Celebration. One of IYDV’s long-standing young professional singers and a wonderful mentor to our young students, Issachah has the entire faculty and his fellow singers cheering for him. Congratulations, Issachah!