Taos Opera Institute

Taos Opera Institute (TOI) was established by Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke in 2007 as a four-week, intensive program designed to bridge the gap between academia and apprenticeships for the emerging young vocal artist. Our philosophy focuses on integrating and improving your technique, your physical well being, and your artistry.

TOI takes place in the beautiful Taos Ski Valley, NM every June. Each year, twenty-four promising young artists, from across the country and internationally, are invited to spend the month learning from esteemed faculty. The singers receive lessons 4 days per week which totals an entire semester 

of lessons in just one short month!

Our program is designed with the singer in mind. The young artists are assigned to a language group French, German, Italian, and English and rotate to the next language each week. At the conclusion of each week are two concerts that feature the hard work that the young artists have accomplished. Throughout the month, guest faculty present sessions on the business of opera, media, branding and marketing, performance psychology and dramatic interpretation.


TOI centers on preparing the singer with key tools needed for success; therefore, the primary focus is not on producing a fully staged opera, but rather on producing a more confident and proficient singer. 


National and international faculty and guest artists join Taos Opera Institute each June.

Each week, the students work with a different teacher/coach team on an aria, perfecting it vocally, technically and dramatically.

Cantos De Taos

The Cantos de Taos is our outreach quartet. Often comprised of TOI alumni, the group features young professionals and performs 3-4 concerts per week!


The Students, Faculty, and Cantos are housed in beautiful luxury condominiums located in the

Village of Taos Ski Valley, NM.

Taos Opera Institute Board of Directors

The Taos Opera Institute Board of Directors work endless hours throughout the year to ensure the success of each season. 


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Taos Opera Institute | Taos, NM | info@taosoi.org

This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts and Taos county Lodgers