Training at Berlin Opera Academy

European summer opera program for emerging artists

Singers | Orchestra | Faculty Bios

Singers: A typical day at BOA

10:00-12:00 German Language Class: Monday-Friday, Beginner & Intermediate German language courses with a specific focus on auditioning.

13:00-14:00 Movement for Singers: Monday-Friday, a movement course highlighting the value of body connection specially formulated for singers.

14:00-17:00 & 18:00-21:00 Production Rehearsals: Intensive staging and musical rehearsals for festival productions. Schedules are given daily for the next day's rehearsals, reflecting the practice of a professional theater in Germany.

Agent Auditions: Receive constructive, individualized feedback from reputable agents, learn how to present yourself at a German audition and how to get hired.

Roundtable Discussions & Workshops: Group roundtable and workshop topics include: YAPS, German universities, applying for employment visas, agent auditions, acting, self-promotion and career mentorship.

Individual Coachings: Scheduled parallel to rehearsals, BOA singers work individually with faculty and visiting professors to develop their audition package arias, languages, interpretation and artistry and operate with an open door policy.

Masterclasses: Scheduled nearly every day, world class singers, teachers, directors and agents give guidance on vocal technique, aria presentation and successful auditioning.

Opera Studio Konzert: BOA hosts a formal Opera Studio Konzert Series in Berlin where singers showcase their favorite arias.

Lieder Abend: BOA studios transform into an intimate music salon setting for an internal concert among friends for singers to explore art song, musicals, lieder and mélodie.

Role Study: Role Study is an option for participants to prepare an additional role during their time at BOA to include on their resume. Role study does not include participation in a production but is a chance to enhance your professional skills and experience. Role study entails learning and coaching the role during individual coaching time at the Academy, as well as auditing any rehearsals that do not conflict with singers' schedules. The role is tested for accuracy and presentation at the end of BOA and can then be listed on singers' resume.

All elements of the academy may be subject to adjustment per the requests of faculty and facility availability.

Next steps

Ready to apply?

See our summer program application & scholarship page for singers.

Questions?

Have a look at our FAQ.

Interested in professional development?

Find out more about our Professional Development Summer Studio Program.

Want to know what our past participants say?

Check out the reviews of Berlin Opera Academy.

Why Berlin?

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Orchestra: A typical day at BOA

10:00-12:00 German Language Class: Monday-Friday, Beginner & Intermediate German language courses with a specific focus on auditioning.

14:00-17:00 & 18:00-21:00 Production Rehearsals: Intensive staging and musical rehearsals for festival productions. Schedules are given daily for the next day's rehearsals, reflecting the practice of a professional theater in Germany.

Roundtable Discussions & Workshops: Group roundtable and workshop topics include: German universities, applying for employment visas, self-promotion and career mentorship.

Masterclasses: World class conductors and teachers give guidance on technique, presentation, musical style and successful auditioning.

Chamber Music Concert: BOA hosts a concert series in Berlin where the orchestra can perform chamber music works of their choosing.

Individual lessons are not part of the programme but we are happy to share our extensive network of musician contacts in Berlin with students who wish to reach out to make their own arrangements.

The focus during each three-week session is on the operas. However, the week in-between is designed to be responsive to the specific needs and desires of the orchestra members. Open dialogue between conductors and the orchestra ensures that the programme is adapted to the group’s wishes.

Next steps

Ready to apply?

See our summer program application & scholarship page for orchestra musicians.

Would like to know more?

Read about the orchestra summer program.

Want to know what our past participants say?

Check out the reviews of Berlin Opera Academy.

Why Berlin?

Discover the opera capital of the world.

BOA Locations

All rehearsals, classes, workshops and auditions are located at Musikschule Köpenick, Friends of Joseph Schmidt, Freiheit 15, 12555 within one of Berlin's most beloved quarters. Our offseason business address is Niersteiner Strasse 5, 14193. Enjoy local cafes and strolls along the river between rehearsals to practice your German and soak in the local culture.

Accommodation

BOA artists live in single and shared apartments near BOA rehearsal studios. Experience life as a Berliner and visit local restaurants, bars, museums, theaters and Berlin's three world class opera houses.