This upcoming summer of 2020, I will return to Bloomington, IN, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR and Austin, TX to offer coaching-intensive, 12-day long, opera workshops. At the conclusion of each workshop, following a dress rehearsal with each cast, the culmination is a trio of concert version performances with subtitles.
The mission of these workshops is to expose singers to the rigors of thorough musical awareness to the degree, that they could apply this technique to approaching other operatic roles and arias. They will be further armed and equipped to tackle auditions and competitions, enhancing their hireability.
Specific details about application procedure, fees, and up to date role availability all can be found on each of the Facebook Group Pages under the File Tab. Role tuition ranges from $350 - $999.
Repertoire, Dates and Links for 2020
Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. May 19th - May 30th, 2020, Bloomington, IN
Mozart's Don Giovanni, June 2nd - June 13th, 2020. Minneapolis, MN
Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, July 14th - July 26th, 2020. Portland, OR.
Dvorak's Rusalka, July 28th - August 9th, 2020. Austin TX.
Workshops featured recently in the Classical Singer January 2018 issue article "Summer on a Budget" by Margaret Felice:
Luke Housner Workshops
For nearly a decade, Luke Housner has run summer opera workshops in Vancouver; Toronto; Portland, Oregon; and Bloomington, Indiana. These 12-day intensives have inspired students to return for subsequent summers to learn new repertoire, and inspired teachers to urge students to attend. Professor John Hines from the University of Northern Iowa describes these workshops as a great way to “coach language and style in a ‘hands-off-the-technique’ approach and perform complete operatic roles in a semi-staged setting.”
Learning, coaching, and performing entire roles is a top attraction for applicants. Housner takes great care to cast singers in roles appropriate for their vocal development, and everyone goes home with a role under their belt. The productions come together in fewer than two weeks, demanding great preparation and commitment.
Soprano Caryn Crozier—who has sung Barbarina, Papagena and Zerlina in workshops with Housner—describes the experience as “a small taste of what the real world of performing is like.” She also notes that his particular expertise with Mozart gave her a greater understanding of the composer’s recitative and style. Many singers referenced Housner’s high standards and commitment to training young singers as highlights of the program. One alum, Andrew Petracca, called these workshops the “best-kept operatic secret in North America.”
Tuition varies by program, but each is under $900. The majority of participants travel to these cities for the program, connecting in the months prior to arrange shared housing through services like VRBO and Airbnb.