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The Professional Diploma in Opera Program offers singers and pianists of exceptional career promise two years of continued guidance in their development as artists. On a scholarship basis, participants receive weekly voice lessons, vocal and dramatic coaching, seminars, and performance classes concentrating on audition preparation with CCPA’s illustrious faculty. In addition to recital programs and further operatic and concert projects at CCPA, diplomatists are also Young Artists with Chicago Opera Theater, where they participate on a per production basis as ensemble members and soloists, engage with COT artists in master classes, and perform outreach.
Graduates are now appearing as solo artists and on the music staffs of major international and American companies, as well as with regional companies and music festivals. Among these are Berlin’s Deutsche Opera, The Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Ireland’s Wexford Festival, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Teatro Regio Torino, English National Opera, Muscat Royal Opera Oman, Jalisco Philharmonic in Guadalajara, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Music by the Lake, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Central City Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Castleton Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Milwaukee Opera, Madison Opera, and Opera North. They are in residencies with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Colorado, and attending apprentice programs including Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Des Moines Metro Opera, Green Mountain Opera, and the Sugar Creek Festival of Opera and Song.
In recent years, Diplomatists have won the Opera Prize in the S’Hertogenbosch International Competition, first place in Chicago’s Union League Civic & Arts Foundation’s Classical Music Competition, Opera Birmingham Competition, Chicago’s Musician’s Club of Women, placed in the finals of the international Neue Stimmen Competition, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center, and the national semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Scott Gilmore's operatic credits as coach, assistant conductor and chorus master include the San Francisco Opera, Salzburg Festival, Cologne Opera, Opéra de Lyon and Opera Australia. He has worked with major international conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Charles Mackerras, Michelangelo Veltri, Carlo Felice Cillario and Kent Nagano. His work in the training and development of singers has taken him to positions with the Opéra national de Paris, London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the San Francisco Opera Center and the young artist programs of Cologne Opera, Opera Australia, and Florida Grand Opera. He is currently Head of Music Staff and Director of Musical Studies at Chicago Opera Theater, and Assistant Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, where he studied piano with Dr Ludmila Lazar. He is a guest coach at the Santa Fe Opera, an adjudicator for The Metropolitan Opera Competition, and a contributing editor to Boosey & Hawkes' series of operatic choral octavo editions. An active vocal recital accompanist, he has been heard live, on recording, and in both television and radio broadcasts. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed him "a singer's colleague and best artistic friend."
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