Vienna Opera Academy is for students who are looking for stage experience and the tools to prepare a role and connect to a network of other singers.
Vienna Opera Festival is directed toward professional opera singers who are searching for performance experience to learn an opera role for their CV. Only professional and emerging artist may apply.
Yes, there should be the opportunity to sing with the orchestra during their two sitz probe rehearsals, once the principals have covered their roles.
No- but if the faculty feels you are ready, there may be a chance to sing in one of the Mozarthaus concerts.
We will prioritize Vienna opera academy singers which include covers.
We aim to keep our rehearsal process as similar to a professional environment as possible, while also ensuring there are extra opportunities for understudies to sing in production rehearsals if they are ready musically. We therefore need to make sure that the two principal casts are thoroughly prepared, but would also make sure you are included in rehearsals as much as possible. You would also receive musical coaching from Toby Purser, supported the assistant conductors. As in a professional company, you would only replace a principal singer in performance if the company was confident you were fully prepared-otherwise the role would be performed by the principal singer from the other cast.
Yes, there would be a cover run with piano on the final Friday, in the performance venue, and also singing in the small chorus section in our performances. Everyone has the chance to sing on the first day. Occasionally other public concert performance opportunities may be possible at the discretion of the faculty, who need to be certain it would be the right experience for you. There should also be the chance to sing your arias with orchestra during the orchestral rehearsals.
Initially you would be observing, and once the musical rehearsal and staging has been covered by the principals, you would also have a chance to work on the scenes so long as there is time still available. Sometimes both principals may also be at a vocal coaching, in which case you would also have the chance to sing. There are usually 2 – 3 covers for each role, but we will ensure that you all receive equal stage and musical rehearsal time.