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Each production is double cast with an additional matinee cast. Major lead roles may be cast with covers to gain experience preparing a major role and covering, which is important as a young professional. We place a high value on learning by doing and providing singers with as much individual instruction with faculty as possible.
BOA accepts singers at many stages of development. We do not expect 'finished products'. We have undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate applicants. We accept singers 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 singers are typically between the ages of 19-36, but there are no age limits. We accept singers 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.
This year our Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte will be performed with chamber orchestra and our Don Giovanni and The Crucible will be performed with piano.
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 including stove, dishwasher, kettle, microwave, coffee machine as well as all linens, WiFi and Television. There is weekly cleaning service with fresh linens. The accommodations have access to washer and dryer, iron, elevator and a grocery store downstairs.
Yes. Each opera is double cast with an additional Matinee cast. In the case of illness or unpreparedness that causes the performer to be unable to sing, a professional replacement is available. We recommend carrying travel cancellation insurance for cost reimbursement in the case of illness.
The Matinee Cast is the third cast within each opera in Opernfest. The experience emulates an intensive revival rehearsal process of an operatic production, rehearsed by a faculty matinee director. The cast is rehearsed separately from the primary rehearsals by a different director in order to maintain the highest level of instructional integrity, ensuring that singers get to develop under direct guidance of BOA faculty with only one cast in the rehearsal room, receiving more individualized focus in their role preparation. This cast typically performs for an audience base focused on outreach and education.
The primary difference between the two is the performance of a role. The studio programs have the primary focus of professional and artistic development and presentation, whereas the festival program includes the rehearsal and performance of a fully staged, costumed, and lit opera.
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