Training Programs

Mary Ragland Young Artist Program

In 1995, Nashville Opera established the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program, named for Nashville Opera’s founder Mary Cortner Ragland, a Juilliard-trained soprano.  The program provides four or more developing professional singers and one coach/accompanist valuable performances opportunities.

Selected from some 100 applicants that audition each season, the Mary Ragland Young Artists are in residence for four months.  During this time they receive coachings, participate in master classes, and attend workshops that explore the business side of opera.

Singers gain valuable performance experience by appearing in leading roles for the spring education tour production and various recital and concert appearances, as well as performing comprimario roles in the main stage productions.  The coach/accompanist serves as the music director for the education tour production, performs at various recitals and concert appearances, and provides coaching for singers during the residency.

All artists are provided with weekly salary, round-trip transportation from their city of origin, and housing during the residence.


Auditions for the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program

Applications are accepted each fall through  Auditions are held by invitation only in New York City each December.

Meet the 2017 Mary Ragland Young Artists.

Nashville Opera Fellows Program

In 2006, Nashville Opera established the Nashville Opera Fellows program in conjunction with Belmont University.  This program is designed to provide singers who are pursuing master’s degrees in vocal performance valuable experience with a professional opera company.

Fellows gain performance experience by performing in Nashville Opera’s chorus and covering roles in the touring production, as well as being part of the University’s opera productions.  They also participate in masterclasses and career development workshops alongside the Mary Ragland Young Artists.

Fellows will receive scholarship funds with the possibility of further compensation for additional performances.

For more information, please email Anna Young.