Brandon Wood



Operafestival di Roma (1999 & 2000)

Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)

Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

Adriana Zabala



Operafestival di Roma (2000)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)

Katherine Keem



Operafestival di Roma (2000)

Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night)

Nicholas Pallesen



Operafestival di Roma (2005)

Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva)


Our Alumni


Operafestival di Roma alumni are performing in opera houses and concert halls around the world.  Here are just a few of our recent participants. Check back for updates!


Charles Taylor



Operafestival di Roma (2002)

Don Giovanni (Leporello)

Gabriela Pochinki



Operafestival di Roma (1996)

L'elisir d'amore (Adina)


Washington National Opera

Korea Monitor Art Center Concert Series

Washington National Opera Japan Tour

Opera in the OzarksAn die Musik LIVE

The First Place Award Metropolitan Opera Competition Midwest Region Finalist

Peabody Conservatory 


"This program selects emerging Artists to perform with professional full opera productions in beautiful Rome. I found the program to be of exceptional quality in every aspect.Top notch faculty and very supportive staff. The Operafestival di Roma is for singers at every level of their career. I highly recommend this wonderful company."- Katherine Keem, Coloratura Soprano

New York City Opera - Los Angeles Opera
Metropolitan Opera - St. Louis Opera
Grand Finalist: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Featured in the documentary "The Audition" seen on PBS
Julliard Opera Center Graduate

Sante Fe and Saint Louis Opera Young Artist Programs


"Operafestival di Roma was the first program I participated in as a young singer and it was a great way for me to start to make the transition from student to emerging professional. Years later, it still remains one of my favorite artistic experiences. There is nothing like being able to sing Italian opera in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The immersion in the Italian language you get through rehearsals, coachings, classes, and exploring the city is an invaluable experience every singer should have."- Nicholas Pallesen, baritone

Teatro Colon, Valencienne

Vienna Opera, Austria

Landestheater of Lucern, Switzerland

Tel Aviv Opera House, Isreal

Landestheater of Salzsburg, Austria

Volksoper of Wien, Austria

Baden Baden Festpielhaus, Germany

Virginia Opera. USA

Metropolitan Opera

- debuted in Otello 2006/7

- Germont in La Traviata

- Roucher in Andrea Chenier (opposite Ben Heppner)

Houston Grand Opera

Minnesota Opera

San Francisco Opera

Seattle Opera

Winner, 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program

New York City Opera

Sante Fe Opera

Virginia Opera

Piedmont Opera

Skylight Opera

Vancouver Symphony

Sante Fe Opera Apprentice Program

Carnegie Hall debut Mozarts C minor Mass w/ New York Choral Society

Universal Studios Christmas concerts in Osaka, tenor soloists

Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist

Seattle Opera

Utah Opera

Arizona Opera

San Antonio Lyric Opera

Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opera Pacific

Opera Saratoga

Minnesota Opera

Wolf Trap Opera Filene Artist

Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain with Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta

Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera Young Artist Apprentice


"This program was the perfect way to gain significant experience on stage and in the Italian language and operatic style before jumping into the professional fray. The guidance & teaching was first-rate and the overall experience invaluable. I've sung Rosina more than 30 times since first singing it with OFdR, and learning and performing it in that magical setting for the first time will always remain the most special."-

Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano

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