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You will be part of either a double cast or a single cast. We place a high value on learning by doing and providing singers with as much individual instruction with faculty as possible.
BOA accepts musicians at many stages of development. We do not expect 'finished products'. We have undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate applicants. We accept musicians that demonstrate developing vocal technique, positive work ethic and potential. Our primary goal is to help each in their own journey to an operatic career by giving them the necessary tools to succeed.
BOA participants are typically between the ages of 19-36, but there are no age limits. We accept musicians on the basis of potential and employability.
Yes. Each session we bring in well known artist managers and agents of reputation and high standard. You will not only have the opportunity to present yourself, they will also give a masterclass, workshop or individualized coaching. They will explain what will best improve your chances of being hired by a company in Germany. BOA students from previous sessions have been directly offered positions and engaged by agents brought to the program.
You do not, but the better you speak, the more you will get from your experience. All BOA instruction is conducted in English. German language classes are an integral part of the BOA experience. This will best prepare you for audition tours in Germany. Berlin is very friendly to international visitors and most signs are in English. Most Germans in Berlin also speak English fluently.
Yes, all operas will be performed with chamber orchestra.
Successful applicants are housed in apartments in one of Berlin's most charming neighbourhoods. Studio apartments are shared between two people, as responses from former students indicate that one of the most valuable parts of the program was making contacts and the sense of community involved in growing through the experience together. It is possible to arrange a private studio apartment. Each studio apartment is equipped with a shared bathroom, full kitchenette and WiFi.
The primary difference between the two is the performance of a role. The festival program includes the rehearsal and performance of a fully staged, costumed, and lit opera, whereas studio programs do not, but instead focus on professional and artistic development and presentation.
Accommodation is available as of the first night listed of the program, and check-out is on the last day. We strongly recommend staying beyond the program dates, so as to enjoy more of Berlin