For 15 years, the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has been a magnet for talented young singers from all over the world. Since it was founded in 2007, it has offered young members a practice-oriented start to their careers after completing their studies in singing. Members are supervised and trained by conductor and singing coach Boris Anifantakis. A number of graduates from the opera studio have made the leap into the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden or other renowned opera houses.

The aim of the two-year training is to prepare members for the demands of today’s opera business. Vocalists are shown how to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired during their studies into the daily processes of rehearsal and performance and put them into practice in the best possible way. This takes place under the guidance and with individual support from Staatsoper staff and guest lecturers.

The training course includes the study of vocal parts, foreign language coaching, movement and audition training, stage instruction, dialogue practice and master classes with renowned artists from the international opera scene, who serve as inspiring role models. Performance in productions at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in small, medium – and even large – roles is also essential. The scholarship holders also take part in concerts in various formats on stage at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, in the Apollo Hall and other venues. Stepping in as an understudy and the associated preparation is also an integral part of the training. In addition, studio members have the opportunity, depending on their vocal suitability and in consultation with the studio management, to rehearse larger parts independently of the repertoire played by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

The members of the opera studio receive a monthly grant as well as remuneration for their performances at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.


The International Opera Studio is supported by the