Jane Eaglen, Artistic Director 

Pittsburgh Festival Opera is proud to announce a new component of its summer Young Professional Artists Program for young dramatic voices on the cusp of professional careers with an interest in Wagner, Strauss, and dramatic repertoire.

Jane Eaglen
Jane Eaglen
Artistic Director, The Mastersingers Project

The project will be led by Wagner expert and international star soprano Jane Eaglen, who has an illustrious career performing leading Wagner and dramatic soprano roles in all the major opera houses of the world. Ms. Eaglen has also become a renowned voice teacher and coach, working at New England Conservatory and the Merola Program alongside other ventures.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera launches its Ring Cycle in summer 2018, with one production added each year and performances of the full cycle in 2021 in the Jonathan Dove orchestration. In addition, the company is carrying on its celebrated exploration of rarely performed Strauss operas, continuing with Arabella in 2018. The Mastersinger Project will supply some soloists to the mainstage casts, as vocally appropriate, and all covers. It is anticipated that a number of roles in Rhinegold will be cast from the Mastersingers, including the Rhinemaidens.

This is a unique opportunity for high caliber young singers with dramatic voices to work with one of the most celebrated Wagner and dramatic repertoire artists in the world.

The Mastersingers Project is seeking approximately 10 mature young professional artists with dramatic voices who are looking for expert guidance in honing their art and craft, and are ready for role credits for their resumes. Ms. Eaglen and a team of additional faculty experienced with larger voices will coach Mastersingers in the repertoire of the season and in additional Wagner scenes and concert material. The project will be performance orientated, with participants either performing and/or covering mainstage roles in the season, and performing in a Wagner scenes program and concert.



Duration and program details

The program will last for five weeks, starting with rehearsals for Rhinegold and Arabella on June 18, 2018 and continuing with intensive coaching and performance opportunities through the end of the Festival on 22 July 2018.

In addition to mainstage role assignments, Mastersingers will spend significant one-on-one time with Ms. Eaglen and a dedicated coach and perform in an evening of Wagner opera scenes and a concert of Wagner's music. 



The 2018 application is now closed. Please check back in September 2018 for information about the 2019 program. 

Participants will be auditioned alongside Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s regular Young Professional Artists Program candidates. The age limit (35) does not apply to Mastersingers applicants. All are welcome to apply. 


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are the same as those for the Young Professional Artists Program. Mastersingers may be offered a spot as a Resident, Featured, or Studio Artist. 


Jane Eaglen

Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen has enjoyed one of the most formidable reputations in opera for the past two decades. Her performances of roles such as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, the title roles in Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, and Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, have earned her acclaim on stages of the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and l’Opera National de Paris. Other notable roles in her repertoire include the title roles of Tosca (English National Opera as well as in Argentina, Australia, and Japan), La Gioconda (English National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Bavarian State Opera, English National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, etc.), and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Paris and Bologna).

Eaglen’s extensive discography includes a number of solo albums for Sony Classical: Arias by Wagner and Bellini, Arias by Strauss and Mozart, Strauss’ Four Last Songs (which includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berg’s Seven Early Songs), and Italian Opera Arias. The complete recording of Wagner’s Tannhäuser conducted by Daniel Barenboim for Teldec earned her a Grammy Award. She may also be heard in recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Riccardo Chailly for Decca, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Claudio Abbado for Sony Classical, Tosca for Chandos, Norma conducted by Riccardo Muti for EMI, and the title role in Medea in Corinto for Opera Rara. Her voice is also featured on Sony Classical’s soundtrack for the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

While continuing to perform, she is active as a teacher. She has served as Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music, Principal Vocal Instructor for the Young Artist Program of the Seattle Opera, teaches periodically at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, and returns annually to teach and mentor young artists for the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera. Jane serves as a Professor of Voice at the New England Conservatory.