Program Information

What to expect day to day

A typical day at BOA

Berlin Opera Academy provides our singers with the full package of current and professional training. Mondays-Saturdays host a variety of lessons, workshops, rehearsals and concerts. Schedules are given just as in German theaters, in a daily "Probenplan", received the day prior.

10:00-12:00 German Language: a 3-week, 3 day a week, introductory German language course with a specific focus on audition language. Essential for singers auditioning in Germany. Split into two groups: Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced.

13:00-14:00 Movement for Singers: a 3-week, 3 day a week, movement courses highlighting the value of body connection; well documented by many successful singers and pedagogues.

14:00-17:00 & 18:00-21:00 Production Rehearsals: BOA rehearsal schedules are that of a professional opera house in Germany, where schedules are given daily.

21:00-22:30 Roundtable Discussions & Workshops: evening group roundtables and workshops in specific subjects oriented to emerging artists. Themes include: YAPS, german universities, visas, agent auditions, acting and movement workshops, self-promotion and career workshops.

Individual Lessons & Coachings: Our singers work individually with house faculty and visiting professors to hone their craft. These sessions are aimed at developing solid vocal technique and artistry and operate with an open door policy. Lessons & coachings are scheduled when not called to staging rehearsals.

Masterclasses: World class singers, teachers, directors and agents will give you guidance on how to improve your vocal technique and successfully audition. They will show what is needed to succeed at each level, from university productions to the MET. These provide BOA singers the necessary tools to shape the future of opera.

Opera Gala: BOA hosts an Opera Gala Concert in Berlin at the famous Mendelssohn Remise in the very center of the city. Here our singers have the opportunity to improve their technique, stage presence and performance practice.

Lieder Abend: BOA studios transform into an intimate Music Salon setting for an internal concert among friends for singers to explore art song, Lieder and Mélodie. An opportunity to share our favorite pieces and take a break from operatic repertoire and formal presentation.

Excursions: Group city events such as a a backstage tour of one of the city's opera houses, a walking tour of the city or nearby Potsdam, will be arranged by BOA. We schedule at least one free day a week for singers to rest and explore Berlin and its incredible culture, nightlife and music.

 

 


Staff

Our Faculty are leaders in every field. We bring singers with continued success at houses like the MET, Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Arena di Verona, and instructors from the world's best operatic institutions, such as the Royal Conservatoty of Music in London, to the finest music universities of Germany.

Accommodation

Cooperation is the key to great performance; BOA singers will be living in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments. Experience life as a Berliner and enjoy time off with fellow singers while feeling at home in Berlin. Visit trendy local restaurants, bars, museums, theaters and Berlin's three world class opera houses.

Excursions

Voluntary supplemental excursions are arranged by our staff. We will orient you to points of interest both within Berlin and at nearby important historical points. We strongly recommend staying beyond the program dates, so as to enjoy more of Berlin.