An opera training program, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers highly personalized and in-depth training at the graduate and post-graduate level. Fellows accepted into the Institute are awarded full tuition with all fees paid plus a stipend to help cover living expenses and health insurance.
Institute Fellows perform in fully-staged productions of new and established operatic works and participate in touring and outreach programs. Extensive performance experience is enriched by advanced studies in voice, language, diction, operatic literature, acting, movement, stage combat, and career enhancement strategies.
Instruction is provided by a resident artist faculty and visiting artists of national and international renown. As a training program for future operatic artists, it has always been the intention of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute to expose its students to a stylistic range of operas by planning two nineteenth century, one eighteenth century, and one contemporary opera every two years.
University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award recipient Steven LaCosse has directed over 60 productions throughout his impressive career. With a repertory that spans "Le nozze di Figaro" to "The Fantasticks," LaCosse directed the southeastern premier of Ned Rorem’s "Our Town," as well as the American premiere of Pergolesi’s "Lo frate ‘nnamorato."
La scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera
Staatstheater Nürnberg, Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Dortmund
USA Representative to Cardiff Singer of the World, Chicago Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera, Piedmont Opera