Resident Artists Program

The Resident Artists Program offers emerging young artists invaluable performance experience as they develop their professional opera careers. Selected through a highly competitive national search, four singers reside in Naples during the peak season and are given training and performance opportunities including principal and secondary roles in productions at Artis-Naples, The Wang Opera Center and at The Festival Under the Stars. Additionally, the singers perform a children's opera for an in-school tour and present standard operatic repertoire in numerous community outreach performances. Opera Naples staff, supplemented by area professional artists, provide coaching, instruction, and career advice. Singers receive a weekly stipend, a travel stipend, and housing.

megan moore

At Opera Naples not only did I add two new roles to my repertoire working with one of the best conductors in our business, but I had so many opportunities to try new repertoire in coaching and in concert. I also enjoyed meaningful opportunities engaging with the community, and all while enjoying south Florida in the winter! My time at Opera Naples was formative and fun.

Megan Moore
Mezzo Soprano

Program Dates

January 15 - March 10, 2024

Application Deadline

October 15, 2023


Naples, Florida U.S.A

Productions and Roles

Madama Butterfly by Giacamo Puccini

  • Kate Pinkerton/chorus, soprano
  • Suzuki, mezzo-soprano
  • Goro, tenor
  • The Bonze, baritone

Performances March 8 and 10, 2024 at Cambier Park, Festival Under the Stars with The Festival Orchestra conducted by Ramón Tebar.

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan

  • Phyllis, soprano
  • Fairy Queen, mezzo-soprano
  • Lord Tolloller, tenor
  • Strephon, baritone

Performances February 10 and 11, 2024 at The Wang Opera Center with piano.

The Resident Artists will perform in a concert titled "An American Evening" on March 3 in the Festival Under the Stars.

Additionally, they will perform a mini opera for a school engagement tour and perform standard operatic repertoire in community concerts.  Artists will regularly receive coachings on production and concert repertoire.

Who are the Resident Artists?

Resident Artists are emerging professionals who participate in an artistically challenging residency program with Opera Naples. They receive training and perform in mainstage productions, in-school programs, and community outreach concerts and events.

In the 2023-24 season, Opera Naples will engage 4 Resident Artists – a soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone.

How are Resident Artists compensated?

Artists will receive $3,200 over the course of the residency divided into biweekly stipends of $800. Opera Naples will provide local housing and a travel stipend. Artists are responsible for local transportation which requires a vehicle.   

Resident Artists Coach

We are excited to announce Felix Jarrar, pianist and composer, will be the 2024 Resident Artist Coach for this year's program and 2024 Season. He will also coach singers in the Opera Naples Youth program and serve as the principal rehearsal pianist for their production of Puccini’s masterpiece Madama Butterfly (conducted by Ramón Tebar). He will also program and perform concerts with the resident artists as a collaborative pianist and assist in rehearsals as needed for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.

Application Process

Submit the following items via YAP by October 15, 2023.

Application Form
3 Professional References
3 Recorded Arias of contrasting styles and languages, preferably video files. One English selection is required
$25.00 application fee

The Resident Artist Program is supported by a grant from the Collier Community Foundation.

Thank you!