2021 Manitoba Opera DEAP faculty; clockwise from top left: Marion Newman, John Tessier, Monica Huisman, & Tracy Dahl.

Manitoba Opera is now accepting applications for their Digital Emerging Artists Program (DEAP) which will be held Aug. 3 to Aug. 27, 2021.

Running for its second year, the four-week online program is open to emerging operatic artists between the ages of 18 to 35. Like last summer, four participants will be selected to hone their artistic talents while developing the tools necessary to create online content. This includes masterclasses and workshops on diction, audio and video production, acting for the camera, and career development. Additionally, each participant will leave the program with a professionally recorded video to be used to further their careers.

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Clockwise from top left: Lizzy Hoyt, Sydney Baedke, Nicholas Borg, Ann Hodges, & Kaden Forsberg in the 2020 DEAP. Photo: Manitoba Opera

Last year’s core faculty will also be returning to the program. This includes sopranos Tracy Dahl and Monica Huisman; mezzo-soprano Marion Newman; and tenor John Tessier. These artists will be joined by a roster of coaches and guest artists including directors Ann Hodges and Katherine Twaddle; pianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon; life coach Rebecca Hass; and web designer/videographer Stephen Bell.

“I have never been part of a program where the range of topics covered was so wide,” says Lizzy Hoyt, one of last year’s DEAP participants. “Especially with current gathering restrictions, having the skills to create digital content is vital to maintaining artistic outlets for both artists and companies. Having the chance to explore some of those possibilities through this program was very valuable.”

For more information, artists interested in applying should click here.

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