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…
JULY 9 - 28, 2018
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
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Whenever I am covering singing competitions in New York, one of the most astonishing revelations is the paucity of dramatic voices. Lyric mezzos, lyric sopranos, and lyric baritones dominate, and it’s not unusual to sit through days of auditions and not hear a single viable Verdi mezzo, Verdi baritone or even a remotely acceptable Wagnerian singer. Perhaps this shouldn’t be so startling when you stop to consider the significant areas of the repertoire that are increasingly difficult to cast; when I began attending opera in the early 1980s, you could not possibly have persuaded me that there would be a time when La forza del destino and Andrea Chénier would become relative rarities, simply because there was hardly anyone to sing them... read more