The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is conducted as an integral part of Central City Opera’s annual Summer Opera Festival held in Central City, Colorado. Named in honor of a pace-setting endowment gift from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Artists Training Program has become a national model for comprehensive development of young singers.
The 10-week program includes daily opera training in diction and movement, stage combat, makeup and costuming, individual vocal coaching, and sessions in career management such as how to write a resume and maintain a performance portfolio, how to audition in order to succeed, combined with rehearsals and performance opportunities.
There are many places to learn how to sing; there are few places to learn how to be a performing artists. The difference is subtle, but it is a difference on which Central City Opera has built an effective and successful training program perennially sought after by gifted young American singers.