Digital Emerging Artists Program


Manitoba Opera’s 2021 Digital Emerging Artists Program is a four-week training intensive designed to provide vocal instruction, professional development, performance experience, and earning opportunities for young 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 2021 Digital Emerging Artists Program will take place entirely in the digital realm. Practical instruction, workshops, and performance output will occur over video conferencing platforms. 

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About the Program

During this four-week intensive, participants will study with a core faculty of four teaching artists (Tracy DahlMonica HuismanMarion Newman, and John Tessier). The faculty will serve as mentors throughout the program, providing individual and tandem instruction and masterclasses for participants. Additional guest teaching artists 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.  

Each participant will be given four hours of studio time working with a professional crew to record a video project of their own design (examples from past projects have included audition videos and cinematic recital recordings). 

The Digital Emerging Artists Program runs from August 3 through August 27, 2021. The program schedule requires a heavy time commitment. Participants should expect to receive 15 hours of instruction each week, and should anticipate spending 3-5 hours daily on their own practice and preparation. 

Each participant in this program will receive a stipend of $300 per week for the duration of the four-week program. 

Applications are due Friday, May 28, 2021. 
Participants will be notified June 14, 2021.


Program Eligibility 

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
  • Between ages 18-35 
  • For consideration in this program, applicant 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 welcomes 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

  1. PDF copy of your artistic resume
  2. High resolution artistic headshot (JPG or PNG)
  3. 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. 
    • Provide a YouTube link to a video recording in which you: 
      1. Introduce yourself 
      2. Describe why you are motivated to participate in the 2021 Digital Emerging Artists Program 
      3. Describe an idea for a solo or collaborative video recording project that you would want to explore during the 2021 Digital Emerging Artists Program.  
      4. Share any other information about yourself that you wish for the faculty to know.
    • This video should be no more than two minutes long. The title of the video must include your name.
    • Video may be “unlisted.”
  4. Two (2) audition videos (recorded since January 1, 2020)
    • 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 28, 2021.

Participants will be notified June 14, 2021.

Before filling out the application form, please make sure you have all of the required materials collected (listed above). Applications can not 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

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)


Scott Miller, DMA
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 204-942-7470


2021 Core Faculty

Tracy Dahl


Monica Huisman


Marion Newman


John Tessier



Ann Hodges

Katherine Twaddle

Michael McMahon

Rebecca Hass

Stephen Bell

Tadeusz Biernacki


2020 Testimonials

“Being selected as a Digital Emerging Artist with Manitoba Opera has not only allowed for me to remain engaged with this industry and my growth as a young singer during this difficult time, but has also presented an invigorating opportunity to contribute to what opera will look like in 2020.”

– Sydney Baedke, soprano


“The program has been on the mark, delivering training and tools for singers in a time of online concerts, digital content, and marketing. I really appreciated the workshops on camera, lighting and recording equipment.”

– Lizzy Hoyt, mezzo-soprano


“The artists involved […] are leaving the program with a reliable foundation for continued operatic/classical creation in digital mediums.”

– Kaden Forsberg, tenor


“My experience with the program has been absolutely exceptional. From the number of lessons and coaching, the high level of instruction, and the variety of topics covered in discussions and workshops, my expectations were exceeded at every turn.”

– Nicholas Borg, baritone


Manitoba Opera

Established in 1969, Manitoba Opera is the province’s only full time professional opera company, and serves a region that also includes northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and the Dakotas.

Each season Manitoba Opera produces two full-scale operas at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB.

In addition to its main stage productions, MO serves thousands of students each year through its educational workshops and performances, and presents dozens of free-to-attend events to the community at large.