Digital Emerging Artists Program

Emerging Artists

Digital Emerging Artists Program

Supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project


Manitoba Opera’s 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 continuing their opera education. The focus of the program is to prepare participants for success as multi-platform performers capable of engaging audiences through digital media, as well as live performance.

As social distancing advisories and travel regulations due to COVID-19 remain in place across Canada, the 2020 Digital Emerging Artists Program will take place entirely in the digital realm. Practical instruction, workshops, and performance output will occur over digital platforms.

During this four-week intensive, participants will study with a core faculty of four teaching artists who will serve as mentors throughout the program. Additional guest teaching artists will provide group sessions on interpretation, language coaching, professional development, and more. Participants’ daily schedules will be comprised of a combination of personal voice instruction, professional development sessions, rehearsal time, and content creation. Each participant will leave the program with a professionally filmed and recorded audition tape to be used to help launch the next phase of their career. Program participants will also create content to be used in Manitoba Opera’s education and outreach programs.

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

Program duration: August 4 through August 28, 2020. The program schedule will require a commitment from participants of 20 hours per week.


2020 Emerging Artists




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Manitoba Opera’s Digital Emerging Artists Program
is generously supported by:



Program Eligibility

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Between ages 18-35

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 genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents, particularly those residing in or originally from Manitoba, will be given priority.


Application Components

  1. PDF copy of your artistic resume
  2. High resolution artistic headshot (JPG or PNG)
  3. Creative Statement Video
    • Provide a link to a video recording of a spoken statement in which you:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Describe why you are motivated to participate in Manitoba Opera’s Digital Emerging Artists Program
      • Briefly describe a program that would provide a digital opera experience for audiences who are unable to attend live performances
    • This video should be no more than 3 minutes long, and must be uploaded to a YouTube channel (the video may be published as “unlisted”). The description for this video must include the applicant’s name.
  4. Two (2) audition videos
    • Provide links to recent video recordings of two contrasting arias, with or without accompaniment. Arias must be memorized, and the applicant must be visible in the camera at all times.
    • Videos must be uploaded to a YouTube channel (videos may be published as “unlisted”). The description for each video must include the applicant’s name and the title and composer of the selection.


2020 Core Faculty

Tracy Dahl

Monica Huisman

Marion Newman

John Tessier



Please forward any questions about this program to:

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


About Manitoba Opera

Manitoba Opera operates out of Winnipeg, in Treaty 1 Territory located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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.