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Vienna Opera Festival takes place in the heart of Vienna at the famous Musikverein Concert Hall.

Vienna Opera Festival 2023

APPLY FOR

WINTER

Jan 9 – 28, 2023

WINTER SESSION

WINTER APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2022

WHEN: WINTER
January 9 – 28, 2023

WHAT: Hansel & Gretel (In German)

WHERE: 2 Performances at the Musikverein.

2 Performances (Full production with the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra conducting Toby Purser) + 1 Cover showcase. (2 casts and 2 cover maximum per role, 3 assistant conductors and 3 pianists).

SUMMER

July 3 – 22
July 31 – Aug 26, 2023

SUMMER SESSION

SUMMER APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 18, 2023

WHEN:
1st SESSION JULY 3 – 22, 2023
2nd SESSION July 31 – August 26, 2023

WHAT:
Hänsel und Gretel & Don Giovanni

2 Performances (Full production with the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra conducting Toby Purser) + 2 concerts at the Mozarthaus with piano feauturing arias by Mozart + 1 Cover showcase for each session. (2 casts and 2 cover maximum per role, 3 assistant conductors and 3 pianists).

GENERAL INFORMATION

The program consists of:

  • Individual coachings for working on your role
  • Italian and german diction
  • Masterclasses, auditions / consultation / Q&A with agents.

The course runs all day, from 10:30 am to 18:30, out of which 6 hours will involve active participation.  Each singer has at least one (often two) 45 minutes coaching between 15:00 and 18:30 with the conductor, language coach or stage director. In addition there are 3-hour group sessions on most days, which will include musical ensemble rehearsals, consultation sessions and masterclasses with guest artists.

Where does this festival takes place:
In Vienna, Austria. All rehearsals take place at the famous Musikverein Concert Hall.

What is VOA and VOF?
VOA: 
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.

VOF:
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.

The Vienna Opera Academy, which is an important part of the Vienna Opera Festival, is different from most other summer courses. It is not just a musical program, but also a chance to learn about the music industry and help build the tools you need for a career. To get an audition for a good agent has become increasingly difficult. During the Academy you will be singing real auditions for different agencies and receive their feedback and consultation. Through the Academy we hope many of our students will find future performance opportunities in Europe and possibly participate in the Vienna Opera Festival.

CHECKLIST ARTIST PROFILE

  • Humility. Understanding that you always have more to learn.
  • Commitment.  Knowing that singing opera is the most important thing in your life, not a hobby.
  • Collegiality. Being a team player, respectful, kind and friendly to all.
  • Performance. Preparing completely and striving to be your best.

Check our FAQs if you have any questions.

Program Fee for SINGERS

The fee can be paid in some installments

  • VOA Singers. The cost of the complete Winter / Summer is € 1950 euros
  • VOF Singers. The cost of the complete Winter / Summer is € 1950 euros
  • Study Covers: The cost of the complete Winter / Summer is €1450
  • Chorus – The cost of the complete Winter / Summer is €1000

    Scholarships available.

Not included:

  • Accommodation, Visa, Airfare, Health insurance, Food, Transportation in the city

    All our artists get a special rate for accommodation starting at €350 euros for a whole month,  double occupancy, within walking distance of the Musikverein Concert Hall.

Winter Session

Hänsel & Gretel

Roles available

Peter, broom-maker – baritone
Gertrud, his wife – mezzo-soprano
Hansel, their son – mezzo-soprano
Gretel, their daughter – soprano
The Gingerbread Witch – mezzo-soprano
Sandman, the Sleep Fairy – soprano
Dewman, the Dew Fairy – soprano
Chorus of echoes ( 3 sopranos & 2 mezzo-sopranos)

Summer Session

Don Giovanni

Roles available

Don Giovanni baritone
Il Commendatore – bass
Donna Anna – soprano
Don Ottavio – tenor
Donna Elvira – soprano
Leporello – bass-baritone
Masetto – bass
Zerlina – soprano


FAQs

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 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.

SUMMER 2022 - Programs

REHEARSAL ROOMS at Musikverein Concert Hall