Manitoba Opera

Digital Emerging Artists Program


Applications are now being accepted for the
2022 Digital Emerging Artists Program

NEW: Application deadline extended to Friday, May 13


Manitoba Opera’s 2022 Digital Emerging Artists Program is a four-week training intensive designed to provide vocal instruction, professional development, performance experience, and earning opportunities for Canadian singers who are in the early stages of their careers. 

This program prepares participants for success as multi-platform performers capable of engaging audiences through digital media as well as live performance.   

The 2022 Digital Emerging Artists Program will take place entirely online. Practical instruction, workshops, and performance output will occur over video conferencing platforms. 


The Digital Emerging Artists Program runs from
August 3 through August 31, 2022.



About the Program

During this four-week intensive, participants will study with a core faculty of four vocal teaching artists (Tracy DahlMonica HuismanMarion Newman, and John Tessier) and one director (Ann Hodges). The faculty serve as mentors throughout the program, providing individual and tandem instruction and masterclasses for participants. Guest teaching artists and presenters will provide individual and group sessions on interpretation, language coaching, professional development, and more. Participants’ daily schedules are comprised of a combination of personal and group voice instruction, creative workshops, and professional development sessions.  

Participants will learn valuable project management skills as they take on the role of executive producer for a video project of their own design. From the storyboard to the studio, participants will develop their ideas with the support of core faculty and recording professionals, experiencing every step involved in creating and producing a highquality video. Manitoba Opera staff will coordinate production logistics. See below for video project parameters.

Video Project Parameters

  • Video length: Up to 8 minutes.

Production timeline:

  • April 29: Proposed project idea(s) outlined in your Creative Statement Video
  • August 3 – 19: Project development with DEAP faculty; consultation with recording professionals; identification of project collaborators
  • August 20 & 21: Recording of audio and video
  • August 22 – 29: Post-production editing
  • August 31: DEAP 2022 Video Project Screening (faculty, staff, DEAP participants)

Production budget

  • $3000 (to cover costs including venue rental, recording fees, collaborative piano, audio & video post-production, etc)

The Digital Emerging Artists Program runs from August 3 through August 31, 2022. The program schedule requires a heavy time commitment. Program activities are scheduled on weekdays between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time). Participants should expect to receive at least 15 hours of instruction each week and should anticipate spending an additional 3-5 hours daily on their own practice and preparation. Program participants will receive a stipend of $1600. 



Applying to the Program

Applications are due Friday, May 13, 2022.  |  Participants will be notified June 6, 2022.

Program Eligibility

  • Canadian citizen or resident, eligible for employment in Canada 

For consideration in this program, applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Applicant is enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a postgraduate degree/program 
  • Applicant devotes 24 hours a week or more to the pursuit of music performance 
  • Applicant self-identifies as an emerging artist 
  • Applicant has not yet emerged/been showcased beyond Canada 
  • Applicant is not yet recognized as established by their peers 

If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, please email 

Four applicants will be selected, one from each of the primary voice types (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone). 

Manitoba Opera is committed to equity and diversity within its community and encourages applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Application Components

  • PDF copy of your artistic resume 
  • High resolution artistic headshot (JPG or PNG) 
  • Creative Statement Video 
    • This video is an opportunity for our faculty to get to know you as a person, and for you to describe your artistic motivations and interests. This video should be no more than two minutes long. The title of the video must include your name. 
    • Provide a YouTube link to a video recording in which you: 
      • Introduce yourself (who are you as an artist, and what do you want to say?). 
      • Describe why you are motivated to participate in the 2022 Digital Emerging Artists Program. 
      • Describe an idea for a solo or collaborative video recording project that you would like to develop during the 2022 Digital Emerging Artists Program. Make sure that your proposed project is feasible considering the project parameters outlined above (timeline, budget, etc.). 
      • Share any other information about yourself that you wish for the faculty to know. 
    • Video may be “unlisted.” 
  • Two (2) Audition Videos (recorded since January 1, 2021) 
    • Provide YouTube links to recent video recordings of contrasting arias, with or without accompaniment. Arias must be sung from memory, and you must be visible in the camera at all times. The description for each video must include your name, voice type, and the title and composer of the selection. 
    • The title of each video must include your name and the title of the selection. 
    • Videos may be “unlisted.” 



Application Form 

Applications are due Friday, May 13, 2022.

Participants will be notified June 6, 2022. 

Before filling out the application form, please make sure you have all the required materials collected. Applications cannot be saved once started or edited once submitted. If you have questions or concerns regarding a submitted application form, please email 

Example: She/Her, They/Them
Applicants belonging to equity-seeking groups are invited to self-identify. This includes people who identify as belonging to communities of colour, LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, disabled, or other equity-seeking groups. (optional)

File/Video Submissions

Please upload a PDF file of your current Artistic Resume.
Please upload a high resolution JPEG file of your current headshot.
Please provide the YouTube link to your Creative Statement Video. (Outlined above)
Please provide the YouTube link to Audition Video #1. (Outlined above)
Please provide the YouTube link to Audition Video #2. (Outlined above)