Resident Artist Training Program

Tri-Cities Opera –  Resident Artist Training Program

Tri-Cities Opera offers aspiring opera singers a unique blend of instruction and practical experience through its Resident Artist Training Program, providing the wide variety of skills required of a professional opera singer. Most Resident Artists have completed both a Bachelor and/or Master of Music Degree.  Tri-Cities Opera prefers to cast the majority of its operatic roles with members of the Resident Artist Training Program. Performances take place in our rented 1,500-seat performance venue, The Forum Theatre and in our recently renovated Savoca Hibbitt Hall at the Tri-Cities Opera Center, which can be utilized as a proscenium, thrust, or black-box theatre .


Resident Artists receive practical experience as they rehearse and perform in:
  • Forum Theatre Productions
  • Tri-Cities Opera Center Productions
  • Recitals
  • Opera-Go-Round (our touring educational outreach program)
  • Fundraising Events
Resident Artists will also hone their acting, stage craft, movement, diction, role interpretation and audition skills. Instruction occurs at the Tri-Cities Opera Center, in the private studios of our artistic staff and in the Forum Theatre and includes:
  • Work with Maestri and Stage Directors during production periods
  • Master Classes
  • Weekly coachings with our Musical Associate
  • Regular meetings with General/Artistic Director, Susan S. Ashbaker
  • Work with Guest Artists

Tri-Cities Opera + Binghamton University

Tri-Cities Opera is proud to have a collaborative relationship with Binghamton University, providing auditioned and selected students with professional stage experience.  Since 1979, Tri-Cities Opera has collaborated with Binghamton University’s Master of Music in Opera Program to create a unique and exceptional program combining the professional experience that Tri-Cities Opera can offer with the academic and practical studies offered by Binghamton University.  The teaching artists bring a wide experience of long and continuing careers in opera to the program.  Students complete a minimum of 35 graduate credit hours in music courses, including master classes, studio voice, theory, history, lyric diction, coaching, vocal literature, movement, and acting.

Application Process

Singers interested in pursuing a Master of Music in Opera degree at Binghamton University should not complete the Resident Artist Training Program Application. Instead, they should complete the MM in Opera Application through Binghamton University.