Laura Ethington of Ahwatukee will participate in the CoOPERAtive Program, an opera training program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., this month. She is one of 23 singers selected from hundreds from around the world who auditioned to be a CoOPERAtive Fellow.
Presented by professionals in the field of opera, the CoOPERAtive Program helps young singers prepare for acceptance into an advanced young artist or summer apprentice program. It is distinguished by its personal approach to developing a customized program for each singer. The faculty assesses the strengths of each participant, nurtures each singer’s talents and assists in their skill development.
The three-week intensive program includes private coaching focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, and resume and application advice. Ethington’s schedule will include private coaching sessions, classes and master classes with some of the country’s leading conductors, stage directors and pianists. Graduates of this program have been finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s National Auditions and have gone one to work with opera companies throughout the United States.