The International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has been in existence since November 2007. Under the direction of conductor, pianist and vocal coach Boris Anifantakis, it offers young, talented singers the possibility to prepare themselves for an artistically demanding career in opera and musical theatre. The overall artistic direction of the International Opera Studio is provided by Daniel Barenboim, whose primary concern is to provide continuing education and consistent support within the framework of the Staatsoper for the artistic development of promising young singers.

The International Opera Studio, which is financially supported by the Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung, is centred on two fundamental goals. The first is to provide those who receive a stipendium with the opportunity of making appearances on the stage of the Staatsoper in small and medium-sized roles, thereby being directly incorporated in the working processes of the opera in both new productions and in the current repertoire, which is worked out with the assistance of experienced répétiteurs and assistant directors in terms of music and staging. The second goal of the International Opera Studio is to offer weekly lessons from the trained personnel engaged by the opera studio to stipendiaries, lessons encompassing the studies of specific roles, ensemble singing, acting lessons, training in movement and improvisation as well as vocal and language coaching. This intensive education is complemented with masterclasses and workshops largely conceived and carried out by the members and guest performers of the Staatsoper.

Individual advising sessions are regularly held in order to ensure that both studio personnel and the singers themselves can get a good picture of their current level of proficiency, their development and their future career possibilities. These sessions not only give way to a two-way exchange of ideas and experiences but also pave the way for an understanding of the respective steps needed in order to shape the singer’s studies in a way conducive to the goals set by the International Opera Studio.

In addition to their monthly Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung stipendium, singers receive a monthly honorarium from the Staatsoper for their participation in productions.

FORMER MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OPERA STUDIO
2007 until 2017

2015-2017
Elsa Dreisig SOPRANO
Natalia Skrycka MEZZO-SOPRANO
Miloš Bulajić TENOR
Vincenco Neri BARITONE
David Oštrek BASS-BARITONE
Dominic Barberi BASS

2013- 2015
Sónia Grané SOPRANO
Annika Schlicht MEZZO-SOPRANO
Jonathan Winell TENOR
Stephen Chambers TENOR
Maximilian Krummen BARITONE
Grigory Shkarupa BASS

2011-2013
Maraike Schröter SOPRANO
Narine Yeghiyan SOPRANO
Rowan Hellier MEZZO-SOPRANO
Kyungho Kim TENOR
Gyula Orendt BARITONE
Alin Anca BASS

2009-2011
Evelin Novak SOPRANO
Rinnat Moriah SOPRANO
Rachel Frenkel MEZZO-SOPRANO
Abdellah Lasri TENOR
James Homann BARITONE
Rosen Krastev BASS

2007-2009
Gal James SOPRANO
Enas Massalha SOPRANO
Silvia de la Muela MEZZO-SOPRANO
Paul O'Neill TENOR
Viktor Rud BARITONE
Fernando Javier Radó BASS

APPLICATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL OPERA STUDIO

For the seasons 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 are openings for all voice types.
The age limit is 28; interested singers can submit complete application materials (including a CV with birthdate, a list of repertoire performed/studied, a headshot and a CD or DVD including 3 arias) from September 1-30, 2018.

Only applications submitted by postal mail will be considered. There will be two rounds of auditions from November 7-9 and a final audition at a later point in time. Invitations to audition will be made in writing. Application denials will not be sent out to unsuccessful applicants.

STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN
Opernstudio
Boris Anifantakis
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden 7
D-10117 Berlin
Germany

E-Mail: b.anifantakis@staatsoper-berlin.de
Tel: +49 30 20354635
FAX: +49 30 20354668