Resident Ensemble of Principal Artists
Formally inaugurated in 1988, Opera San José’s resident company is unique in the United States. Opera San José seeks out unusually gifted, professional operatic artists in the first years of their singing careers and offers them annual contracts as artists.
The advantages of a resident company are prolonged, detailed staging rehearsal periods, the development of a well integrated vocal ensemble, and thus highly integrated theatrical and musical performances.
In addition to four mainstage productions, members of the resident company perform for the community at large through educational programming for youth and adults.
Educational Programming K-College
Student Matinees/Final Evening Dress Rehearsal: One mid-day matinee performance and evening dress rehearsal of each mainstage production is offered to schools that participate in OSJ’s in-school programs.
Vocal/Drama Masterclass: a resident artist(s) presents a masterclass geared towards middle school and high school students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, breathing fundamentals and principles of good diction. For musical theatre and drama students, the presentation is tailored to also address the topics of role preparation, stage movement and character development.
Let’s Make an Opera!: Each member of the resident company will mentor a group of schoolchildren through the process of creating, producing and performing an original music theater piece each season.
Educational Programming for Adults
Previews, Introduction to Opera, and Post-performance ‘Talk-Backs’: Offered in conjunction with each mainstage production, there is one preview and four Introduction to Opera talks.
Tuesday Previews feature resident artists performing excerpts from the production with piano accompaniment and a talk by GM Larry Hancock.
Community Wide Performances: Appearances for a wide range of service clubs and social functions are used to introduce operatic singing to the community. Each member of the resident company will appear in approximately twenty-five of the fifty community performances presented annually.
If you are interested in being considered for a position in Opera San José’s resident company, send your resume, and professional head-shot to OSJ’s Artistic Administrator, Khori Dastoor @ Opera San José, 2149 Paragon Drive, San José, CA 95131-1312. If there is the potential of a position in the company, you will be contacted regarding a preliminary audition.