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St. Petersburg, FL

June 3rd - June 24th, 2023

The Sunshine Opera Festival is a retreat style program focusing on giving singers the experience of performing professional-level opera on stage with a live orchestra while working daily on their artistic individuality by incorporating mindfulness, exploration and personal development.


Participants work with renowned faculty, conductors, voice teachers, stage directors, and coaches from the world’s leading institutions.

Memories from our 2022 productions, St. Petersburg, FL

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VSMF 2023Productions
Performances will take place during the last week of the program

VSMF is passionate about fully producing our shows with quality orchestra and world renowned music and stage directors.  In addition to producing the standard repertoire, VSMF is proud to producing new opera by living composers.  See a complete list of the productions scheduled for the 2023 season.

This retreat style program offers a unique perspective into the business of opera, performance preparation, and practicing healthy mental-wellness. 


A different approach to learning 

  • How to stand out in a crowd and show your uniqueness 

  • How to learn to control your nerves under pressure 

  • How to have courage to make the next step in your career 

  • How to bring out everything your talent has to offer


Program Details

The VSMF Sunshine festival gives singers the experience of performing professional-level opera on stage with a live orchestra. Participants work with renowned faculty, conductors, stage directors, and coaches from the world’s leading institutions.


  • Includes: housing, private lessons, coachings, facilities, faculty, masterclasses, visiting guests.



Private Lessons

Vocalists will receive applied voice lessons with a private voice instructor from the Opera Institute faculty. Applied lessons will be individualized to the vocalist’s experience and will focus primarily on vocal technique and repertoire.

Vocal Coachings

Vocalists will receive coachings with a vocal coach from the Vocal Arts faculty. Coachings will be individualized to the vocalist’s personal experience and will focus on repertoire, diction, musicianship, and interpretation.


Vocalists will participate in regular master classes with renowned artists. Vocalists will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with an aria from their repertoire. These master classes will be geared towards crafting an audition ready performance.

Manager Day

We are happy to annouce that we will have five artist agency representatives join on program from the U.S.A and Europe

Meet the VSMF Sunshine Voice Faculty

Our world-class faculty have major careers working as professional singers, maestri, vocal coaches, and stage directors.  

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Vincent Connor 

Artistic Director

A native of Winter Park, Florida,Vincent Connor has established himself as prominent and versatile stage director. (Click here to learn more)

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Christian Schulz, Music Director

Gregory Buchalter is the Artistic Director and conductor of Opera Fairbanks, Opera Camerata of Washington and formerly of Opera Las Vegas. In Fairbanks he

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Kirsten Chambers

Voice Teacher

Kirsten Chambers is most known for her portrayal of the title role of SALOME, which she has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Hong...,

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Adam Diegel
Voice Teacher

Adam Diegel rapidly is establishing international notoriety for an impassioned dramatic sense, powerful voice, and for his classic leading looks in the lyric tenor..

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Elizabeth Cabellero
Voice Teacher

The New York Times describes Elizabeth Caballero as a “plush-toned, expressive soprano” and The Wall Street Journal exclaims that “Ms. Caballero is a find: her opulent...

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Arisa Kusumi
Talent Coach

Japanese-American light lyric soprano Arisa Kusumi has performed around the world, including in Europe, the US, Mexico, and Japan. An internationally acclaimed...

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Applicants for the VSMF Sunshine Festival are required to submit two contrasting operatic arias, one of which needs to be sung in French, Italian, or German.


Applicants will provide their Name, Address, Phone number, Email Address, Date of Birth, Education, Voice Type, Current Applied Teacher, Previous Voice Teachers, Web Address, Headshot, Resume, and Audition Materials via the online form provided below.


All application and audition materials including YouTube links, audio files, headshot, resume and must be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud. For questions regarding submitting via file sharing, please email us at

Resumes may be submitted as PDF or Word Document files only, and should include the applicant’s first and last name and program of interest.


Applicants will be contacted after the audition committee reviews the materials.  Applicants who advance to the next phase of the application process will be contacted for a phone interview.  Applicants are typically contacted within 10 business days from the submission of the application. 


An application fee of $35 is required for submission.

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