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Most frequent questions and answers

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 artists may apply.

At the prestigious Musikverein and Mozarthaus in Vienna, Austria.

Absolutely! At the Vienna Opera Academy, you will have the unique opportunity to work closely with both the director and the maestro in preparing your cover role. Our program is designed to provide individualized attention to each participant, ensuring that you have the resources and support you need to excel in your role. With one-on-one coachings and group rehearsals, you will have ample time to work with the director and maestro, receiving guidance and feedback that will help you refine your performance and bring your character to life on stage. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a young artist just starting out, the Vienna Opera Academy is committed to helping you achieve your full potential and achieve success in the competitive world of opera.

Yes, there should be the opportunity to sing with the orchestra during the two sitzprobe rehearsals.

We believe in providing a professional rehearsal environment for all of our singers, including our covers. We understand that covers may have the opportunity to sing in production rehearsals if they are musically prepared, but we always prioritize thorough preparation of the two principal casts. You will receive coaching from our experienced faculty, including Toby Purser and our assistant conductors, and we will include you in rehearsals as much as possible. We want to ensure that if you do need to replace a principal singer in a performance, you are fully prepared and confident in your role. However, if you are not ready, the role will be performed by the principal singer from the other cast, as is standard practice in professional opera companies.

We understand that covers play a critical role in any opera production. That’s why we offer our covers unique opportunities to showcase their talents and receive invaluable performance experience. Yes, there will be a cover run with piano on the final Friday, allowing you to demonstrate your skills and prepare for potential stage appearances. Additionally, as part of our program, you will have the chance to sing in the chorus during our public performances, providing an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and experience. To further enhance your performance skills, we also provide opportunities for you to sing your arias with the orchestra during orchestra rehearsals and at the Mozarthaus.

At the Vienna Opera Academy, we recognize the importance of providing our covers with ample rehearsal time to refine their performances and prepare for potential stage appearances. That is why we dedicate one and a half hours at the end of each day for covers to work on their roles, both musically and in terms of staging. During this time, you will have the opportunity to review what you have learned during the day, receive feedback and guidance from our experienced faculty, and practice and refine your performance. This dedicated time is an essential part of our program, allowing covers to build their confidence and ensure they are fully prepared should the need arise for them to perform on stage.