Emily Pulley, Soprano

Emily Pulley, past Studio Artist (1992) and Apprentice Artist (1993), Mainstage Artist as Beatrice in THREE DECEMBERS (2010)

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is conducted as an integral part of the Association’s Summer Opera Festival held each year in Central City, Colorado. Named in honor of a pacesetting endowment gift, the Artists Training Program has become a national model for comprehensive development of young singers.

The 10-week program includes daily opera training in diction and movement, makeup and costuming, individual vocal coaching, and sessions in career management such as how to write a resume and maintain a performance portfolio, how to audition in order to succeed, combined with rehearsals and performance opportunities.

There are many places to learn how to sing; there are few places to learn how to be a performing artists. The difference is subtle, but it is a difference on which John Moriarty has built an effective and successful training program perennially sought after by gifted young American singers.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Artists Training Program are to provide participants with:
  • comprehensive career preparation, giving equal attention to practical instruction, performance training, individual coaching and counseling
  • main stage performing experience, appropriate to individual levels of development, in professional productions attended by reviewers, management representatives, and representatives from other opera companies

Program Implementation

The Program offers two levels of training:
  • Studio Artist positions for approximately 15 singers ages 21 to 25 who are pursuing their education, have some performing experience in school productions, are ready for ensemble and chorus work and, in some instances, to understudy secondary and featured roles in professional productions and scene study culminating in public performances
  • Apprentice Artist positions for approximately 15 singers ages 25 to 30 who have obtained or are pursuing graduate degrees, have some performing experience in school or professional productions, and are ready for secondary roles and to understudy featured and principal roles in main stage productions

The Program offers approximately 30 positions each year, with over 870 applications for these coveted spots. Trainees receive salaries and benefits and may earn additional performance fees for secondary and featured roles or if called to step in for a singer being covered.

All Program activities take place in Central City in housing, training, and performance facilities owned by the Association. Given the close proximity of these facilities, the Program has sustained its original and unique value – interaction among the trainees, the staff, and the principal singers. Emily Pulley (Studio Artist 1992, Apprentice Artist 1993) here in 2010 as Beatrice in Three Decembers, said, “What means most to me is the chance to pass on to these kids the same kind of support that the professionals gave me when I was an Apprentice.”

Additional details can be found in the 2014 Artists Training Program Auditions Description (pdf).