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Opera Orchestra Program



The BOAO is the orchestra for the Opernfest summer festival and consists of apprentice musicians guided by professionals from major orchestral institutions.

Berlin Opera Academy Orchestra provides skilled orchestral musicians at the beginning of their professional lives or end of their studies an apprenticeship. We at BOA aim to will prepare you for auditions for professional opera orchestras. BOAO focuses its curriculum on key pieces in the operatic repertoire, provides intensive coaching of orchestral excerpts, promotes the importance of group collaboration and the development of leadership skills. After an apprenticeship, alumni of the Berlin Opera Academy Orchestra will have a better understanding of the professional culture in German speaking theaters, the expectations they must meet in auditions and how to navigate their next steps.


- Study and perform Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte


"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." "Why Germany is classical music's powerhouse" -Financial Times

The 2018 Financial Times article examining the state of classical music in Germany, found positives. In addition to the resident orchestras of the three world-class opera houses: the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Komische Oper Berlin, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, the city boasts a further half dozen orchestras of international repute. Funded by the Federal State of Berlin they include the period-instrument ensemble Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the world-renowned Berliner Philharmoniker.

Opera orchestras are particularly busy considering that there were over 7,000 performances of opera across Germany and a combined 9,000 across the German-speaking lands of Europe during the 2017-18 season. For comparison, that is more opera performances per season than the next eight nations combined. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the place where the future of orchestral and operatic performance is actively developing.

Modern Berlin is also home to revered universities, 138 museums, 400 art galleries, 44 theaters and stages, and a myriad of entertainment venues. Its urban setting has made it a sought-after location for international film productions, festivals, nightlife, contemporary art and high quality of living. Over the last decade, Berlin has seen the emergence of a global entrepreneurial scene and is considered the Silicone Valley of Europe. Berlin is also famed for its diverse and inexpensive gastronomical scene and is celebrated as one of the most diverse and vibrant of its kind. Clubs are not required to close at a fixed time on the weekends, and many parties last well into the morning or all weekend. Berlin's combination of these unique elements ensures the international community here grows daily.

Berlin Opera Academy strives to guide young musicians on the next steps towards a career in Germany. The program entails a 4 week period from June 21st to July 19th. The tuition for the duration of the experience is free, thanks to the generous support of the city of Berlin and municipality of Koepenick