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NOA for Students

Welcome to the NOA Student Resource Page!

We have provided an index of information for you to explore and learn more about the different facets of the professional world of opera! You can also find information on NOA's innovative student activities, conference events, competitions, and learn how to get involved with our organization! We strive to create an inclusive community for all students to forge pathways towards fulfilling careers in opera and all its related fields!

Students at NOA
Students at NOA Conferences

Digital Archive of Assets, Documents, Webpages, Books, Articles, etc.

Opera Resources

Resource and Description Link

Aria Database

Synopsis, Text/Libretti, Translations, Recordings, Links to Scores

Opera Folio

Synopsis, List of Arias, Composer Biographies, Libretto of 512 Operas, Genres/Styles within Opera

Opera Glass Index

Synopsis, Libretti, Translations, Performance Histories, Discographies, Background Information

Opera Database

In depth database of operas, arias, art songs, and zarzuela. Research Resources.

Professional Materials

Resource and Description Link

Opera America

Resume and CV Hints, Tips, Examples, and Templates

Audition Tips

Resource and Description Link

Darren K. Woods and Keith Wolfe

Opera America

“The 10 Commandments of Auditioning”

Classical Singer

“Audition 101 for Opera Singers”

Wolf Trap Audition Resources

Aria Frequency List, Audition Advice, Advice from Alumni, One Comment

Career Paths

Resource and Description Link

Laura Brooks Rice & Ann Baltz

Opera America YAP listing/categories

“Defining Your Career Level and Choosing an App”

The College Audition Blog

“What does an operatic career look like?”

Professional Women Singers Association PWSA

Professional Women’s Organization for Promoting PWSA’s Members

NATS Job Center

Job Postings

Opera America Jobs

Job Postings

Musical America

Career and Educational Opportunities

The Business of Singing-Cindy Sadler

Career Development Resources


Performing Opportunities

Collaborative Resources

Resource and Description Link

Kurt Adler, The Art of Accompanying and Coaching

Originally published in 1965 and subsequently revised and reprinted numerous times, Adler’s book on the topic of the collaborator and coach is arguably one of the most important sources for the craft. The author exhaustively covers the broad scope of the collaborator and coach role, giving both practical advice and promoting philosophical consideration.

Martin Katz, The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner

Written by universally acclaimed collaborative pianist Martin Katz, this book is often used as a collaborative piano textbook and uses examples from the collaborative literature to examine the many skills necessary for successful collaboration. Of special interest may be the author’s discussion of how one can successfully play orchestral reductions on the piano.

Alan Montgomery, Opera Coaching: Professional Techniques for the Répétiteur

This practical guide, now in its second edition, concisely presents the everyday life of a working opera coach and répétiteur and contains straight-forward advice on how to prepare scores, play and coach recitative, work with conductors, and successfully function in the world of opera.,order%20to%20shape%20a%20performance.

The Collaborative Pianist Blog

Founded and managed by collaborative pianist Christopher Foley, this longstanding blog includes entries covering all aspects of the collaborative pianist’s responsibilities. It is a world unto itself, but also includes links to numerous helpful resources for further study.

Robert Spillman, The Art of Accompanying: Master Lessons from the Repertoire

Even though this book is out of print, the material presented is still fresh and thought-provoking. Based on many years as a respected collaborative pianist and renowned collaborative piano pedagogue, Spillman discusses some of the canonic collaborative repertoire, leading the reader through each piece with questions for contemplation and suggestions for performance preparation.

NOA Student Opportunities

Resource and Description Link

Carolyn Bailey Argento Vocal Competition

Robert Hansen Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition

JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship

Scholarly Paper Competition

Dissertation Competition

Poster Paper Competition