2019 Festival

June 24 – July 13, 2019


  • Personalized instruction with master teaching artists

  • Performance in a large-scale Wagner production with the MMF Symphony Orchestra

  • All participants receive full-scholarship and on-campus housing

2019 Repertoire

  • The Flying Dutchman

Application Deadlines

  • Washington, DC Auditions- November 26

  • NYC Auditions- December 10

  • Recorded Auditions- December 18


The Miami Wagner Institute is an elite young artist program and the first of its kind specifically for Wagnerian dramatic and lyric-in- transition singers. The Miami Wagner Institute provides crucial training as well as professional-level performance opportunities that prepare singers for the unique demands of the Wagnerian and dramatic repertoire.

During this intensive program, participants prepare and rehearse a staged and costumed Wagnerian production with orchestra, while undertaking a curriculum of voice instruction, coachings, public seminars, and masterclasses. Faculty of the Miami Wagner Institute are some of the world’s most sought after Wagnerian artists. Past faculty have included Linda Watson, Christine Goerke, Christine Brewer, Alan Held, Kathleen Kelly, Bradley Moore, Robert Morrison, and Peter Grunberg, among other distinguished professionals.

The Miami Wagner Institute selects a small roster of participating singers, in order to prioritize one-on-one attention, a personalized curriculum, and appropriate performance assignments. Singers chosen to participate in the Institute have a firm working knowledge of the dramatic repertoire or are in the process of transitioning from a lyric fach to Wagnerian repertoire. Most accepted applicants have completed a major young artist program, hold a degree from an accredited institution, or are in the beginning stages of a professional career. Accepted singers attend the Institute free of tuition, with on-campus housing provided. Singers who do not meet the above requirements should apply to the MMF Apprentice or Studio programs.

All Miami Wagner Institute participants perform in an opera production alongside the 95-piece MMF Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire this season is the Flying Dutchman.

Vocal Collaborative Pianists

Select vocal collaborative pianists will be awarded Opera Assistant Conductor positions on full scholarship, with housing included. 

2019 Role Opportunities

The Flying Dutchman

The Dutchman


Critical Reception

“… may the Miami Wagner Institute live long and prosper in this city. May the excellent, longstanding idea that it is possible to do good opera in the middle of our stifling summer take hold. And, above all, may Wagner and Miami become better friends, finally hanging out together as they should, forever.” – KNIGHT FOUNDATION

“The debut of the Wagner Institute is much to be welcomed and celebrated.” – PALM BEACH ARTS POST

"No one could suspect the degree of excellence that would come in the second part of the night. Words fall short to praise this representation.” – EL NUEVO HERALD

"the Wagner Institute and the Miami Music Festival made the torrid Miami summer more pleasurable with this significant arts evening." – Miami Classica

About Miami Music Festival

Founded in 2014, the Miami Music Festival has become an international destination for young artists preparing for the rigors of the professional music industry and a welcomed addition to South Florida’s cultural dynamic. The Festival runs over two-months in the summer, bringing together over 250 of the finest young talents from around the world. These young professional artists receive instruction and mentorship from an international array of 55 outstanding artist faculty and unparalleled opportunities to perform in public concerts. Programs include institutes in orchestra, opera, piano, and conducting.

Live Auditions

Washington, DC – December 2
New York, NY – December 17 and December 18
Video Applicants – due December 18


Please see our YAP Tracker application online.

Materials required are an online YAP Tracker application, resume and headshot. Video submissions are acceptable for applicants who cannot attend live audition sites. ALL APPLICANTS MUST USE THE YAP TRACKER APPLICATION. 

Application Fee- $45

All application fees go directly to the cost of auditions and the admissions process. All applicants will be invited to a Live Audition, All Live and Video Auditions are watched and rated by the MMF Audition Committee and Artistic Director.

Audition Criteria

Singers should prepare two contrasting arias, both from the dramatic repertoire and with at least one being by Wagner.
Collaborative pianists wishing to apply for the Wagner Institute should prepare the following excerpts.

“Mild und leise,” Tristan und Isolde
“Dich, teure Halle,” Tannhäuser
“Winterstürme,” Die Walküre


  • Must have completed an advanced degree(s) in voice, or comparable YAP/professional experience

  • Age range: Must be 30 years of age or older by June 24, 2019.

  • Dramatics or Lyrics transitioning to Wagner repertoire only!

*Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be selected to audition