Opera Orchestra Program


DATES: 2021 dates to be announced in the coming months.

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BERLIN OPERA ACADEMY ORCHESTRA


We are pleased to announce the repertoire for Berlin Opera Academy's 2021 Orchestra:

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Puccini: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

Led by world-class conductors from major opera houses, The Berlin Opera Academy Orchestra –a chamber orchestra- comprises some of the industry's most promising and upcoming instrumentalists.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

With the goal of introducing performers to Europe's largest music market and providing the necessary skills needed to audition and flourish there, participants will look forward to a three-week immersive experience, including:

- A place in Berlin Opera Academy Orchestra playing for two or four Berlin Opera Academy OpernFest summer opera festival operas

- Participation in a chamber music concert where the orchestra present chamber music pieces of their choosing

- German language class

- Audition training

- Career workshops and roundtables

- Daily access to practice rooms

- Auditing access to all BOA activities

- Conducting workshops

- Masterclasses

Click here to read about a typical orchestra day at the Berlin Opera Academy summer program

Conductors


Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard, until recently Artistic Director of the Volkstheater Rostock and the North German Philharmonic, enjoys an international career known for viscerally exciting and musically probing performances of both the symphonic and operatic repertoire. Recent guest conducting appearances have included collaborations with Montserrat Caballe, Marcelo Alvarez, Ute Lemper and others. His performance of Viennese favorites at the Classic Open Air festival in Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt was met with huge acclaim. Appearances at the Berlin Konzerthaus with the venerable Berliner Singakademie featured the monumental Mendelssohn oratorio Elijah.

Recent guest conducting appearances have included collaborations with Montserrat Caballe, Marcelo Alvarez, Ute Lemper and others. His performance of Viennese favorites at the Classic Open Air festival in Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt was met with huge acclaim. Appearances at the Berlin Konzerthaus with the venerable Berliner Singakademie featured the monumental Mendelssohn oratorio Elijah.

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Tom Seligman

Tom Seligman is one of the UK’s most exciting young conducting talents, with an increasingly impressive portfolio of projects and collaborations behind him.

After studies in Cambridge, Glasgow, London and Amsterdam, he was appointed Musical Co-ordinator and Conductor of the inaugural Cheltenham Festival Academy in 2005, working with some of the most brilliant young musical talents from across the UK, and was invited back to conduct the Brno Philharmonic at the Festival in 2007. He made his BBC Radio 3 debut conducting the Hebrides Ensemble at the 2005 St Magnus Festival in Orkney and took the helm at the Festival 'Musique-Cordiale' in the south of France between 2008 and 2012. He is Principal Conductor of Kensington Chamber Orchestra, and was Director of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra for six years, finishing his tenure with an acclaimed performance of Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony at the opening of the 2011 Winchester Festival. He is also originator and conductor of ‘Rite Up Close’, an innovative interactive workshop and concert introducing The Rite of Spring to audiences of all ages.

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Garrett Keast

Berlin-based American conductor Garrett Keast’s career was launched with performances of Faust at the Opéra National de Paris, Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas at Oper Bonn, and Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Concert debuts followed with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Belgian National Orchestra among others, and today Garrett Keast enjoys a highly successful conducting career throughout Europe. He was born in Houston, Texas and was mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

A talented leader, Garrett Keast is invited to the most prestigious orchestras. Engagements have included, among others, the Tonkünstler Orchester Vienna, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Atlanta Symphony, Royal Danish Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra (Carl Nielsen Violin Competition), Prague Philharmonia, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Aspen and Pacific Music Festivals.

Highlights of his 2019/2020 season include debuts with the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principal de Asturias, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Tonali Orchestra, Berlin Opera Academy, as well as returns to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, and the Hamburg Ballet.

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ORCHESTRATION

SESSION 1: Die Fledermaus & Die Zauberflöte

Flute (+ Piccolo)

Oboe

Clarinet (A & B)

Bassoon

Horn (F & Eb)

Trumpet (F & Eb)

Trombone (Tenor, Alto, Bass)

Timpani, Snare, Bass Drum, and Glocke

Violins

Violas

Cellos

Contrabass


SESSION 2: Hänsel und Gretel & Gianni Schicchi / Suor Angelica

Flute

Piccolo

Oboe (+ English Horn)

Clarinet (B & Bb)

Bassoon

Horn (F)

Trumpet (F & E)

Trombone (Tenor, Alto, Bass)

Timpani, Triangle, Tamborine, Cymbals, Bass Drum, and Grave Bell (Campana Grave)

Celeste and Harp

Violins

Violas

Cellos

Contrabass


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

We ask that you upload two recordings that best display your musical abilities, or pieces that are reflective of your ability to perform in our operas. These do not need to be professional recordings or performances. While video is generally preferred, strictly audio is also acceptable. (Youtube, soundcloud, mp3s, mp4s etc are fine)


TUITION:

Berlin Opera Academy strives to guide young musicians on the next steps towards a career in Germany. The program entails one or both of two 3-week periods in summer of 2021.

€300: Single Session BOA Orchestra Tuition (One 3-week session in 2021)

€450: Double Session BOA Orchestra Tuition (Two 3-week sessions in 2021, including 1 gap week between sessions)

€650: Single Session Shared-Room Accommodation (3 weeks)

€1550: Double Session Shared-Room Accommodation  (7 weeks)

Musicians are welcome to book BOA accommodation or elect to find independent accommodation. Add-ons such as airport transfer package and private room accommodation are also available.

For this investment, you will experience one of the world's most amazing cities, get to work under top conductors, and most importantly, gain the skills necessary to work here, all while enjoying Mozart, Humperdinck  and Strauss's masterpieces.

"Is it any surprise that audiences for classical music are holding up better in Germany than anywhere else? Agents and music administrators whose work takes them from country to country report half-empty halls, shortened seasons and restricted budgets — but not in Germany. Home-grown excellence attracts the crowds and funding remains on a scale that attracts envy elsewhere."

- Financial Times, 2017