Co-Opera Co. helps young artistes get a start

 This spring, Co-Opera Co. has brought together some of the profession’s most eminent practitioners to work with professional opera singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs at any stage of their career or training in a series of seven one day workshops on the essential skills needed to be a consummate artist.
The Co-Opera Co. is an innovative opera company which has at its heart the welfare and promotion of professional opera singers and orchestral players in the early stages of their careers, post-graduates nearing the conclusion of their course, budding conductors, directors, répétiteurs and people working towards a career in the technical side of the operatic profession.
Co-Opera Co. was founded in 2008 by Soprano Kate Flowers and Lighting Designer Paul Need and developed from their realisation that the career path of young singers entering the operatic profession today is severely hampered by the absence of the kind of small prestigious companies which were prevalent in the 1970’s and 80’s.
It was possible at that time for singers straight from college to work alongside seasoned professionals, in top class productions in major venues, learning invaluable lessons by watching and working with experienced artists – earning whilst learning. Of course there are still some opportunities for emerging artists to do this but they are rare, and with so many singers entering the market place each year, unfortunately supply is outstripping demand.
Singers helping singers and musicians helping musicians.
The Co-Opera Co. mission is to provide aspiring artists with the chance to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded singers, conductors, directors, actors and choreographers in the business today; to provide invaluable, paid performance opportunities; and, through the association with people of influence, give them a helping hand at the beginning of their career.
This is done through a comprehensive training programme – Connections – where Co-Opera Co. members work on every aspect of opera in workshops, masterclasses, private coaching and the Summer Season. The summer season is yet to come but most importantly their workshops are about to begin.