Apprenticeship


Apprentice positions

A cornerstone of the Berlin Opera Academy are our apprentices. We seek to guide and develop the skills needed for each apprentice to succeed and thrive in their field of choice. For apprentices, the application fee is waived and the experience is tuition free. Participants are responsible for their own housing, where we can offer assistance if desired. Apprentices are guided by leaders of their respective fields and given a balance of guidance and autonomy to facilitate recommendable competence.

For apprentices who demonstrate exceptional capabilities, the Berlin Opera Academy both directly and through other parties, supports and finds future employment opportunities.

1. Submit the following application documents to berlinoperaacademy@gmail.com by our application deadline March 15, 2018

Applying early is recommended.

• Resume

• Desired Positions

• Availability

• Supporting materials OR Live Audition location selection

• Répétiteur: 3 recordings displaying abilities in playing scenes from an opera score, sight reading, and aria accompaniment in standard repertoire
• Kapellmeister: 3 recordings displaying conducting, playing scenes from an opera score, sight reading and aria accompaniment in standard repertoire

Live Auditions will be held in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, London and Berlin. Additional locations, dates and sites will be publicized in October. Check back for complete listing. Preference will be given to those applicants attending live auditions.

Apprentice Responsibilities

Répétiteur

Under the guidance of the staff, you will have the chance to learn what is required at every level of house from accompanists. Your development and education will be furthered through assisting individual lessons on the essential keys of good coaching and skillful accompaniment. All assigned activities are based both on the desire of the individual to grow in that area, and the merit earned by the level of preparation ready upon arrival. As we will provide contacts and opportunities to play for agents who can give further employment, we are expecting all apprentices to arrive with a professional level of preparation. That given, you will play production rehearsals, assist maestro and faculty répétiteurs during production rehearsals and music coachings, be prepared to sing lines during production rehearsals and music coachings to fill in for absent or ill singers, collaborate with vocal instruction faculty during singing lessons and masterclasses, coaching singers in your areas of strength and assisting with accompaniment during concerts and at the discretion of the musical director play the performances.

Assistant Director

Develop your skills as an assistant director under the tutelage of directors leading the international opera scene as performers and directors. Take responsibility and be mentored by the staff to gain connections and experience either to developing into a director yourself, or to mastery of the keys of successful assistant directing. You will work closely with the director to prepare rehearsal schedules and content, you will work with cover singers (Umbesetzung) separately outside of production rehearsals to ensure all staging and content is rehearsed/learned. You will prepare the following day's rehearsal schedule and calls with the Director, Conductor (and choreographer where applicable) and send it to the Administrator after rehearsal, as well as keep a rehearsal book/score with all singers' dramatic and staging cues and information. You will assist with prop-making, set-creation and costumes where relevant. The goal for our assistant directors is to give you enough familiarity with the process of directing that you would be employable as an AD in a good house and have a better idea of who you want to be as a director.

Costume Design

Join the staff and contribute to the rich tapestry of Berlin Opera Academy. Under the guidance of staff from the world's leading houses, learn what skills are needed and expected for the job of a costumer for the big stages. Work hands-on with directors and production teams across several BOA festival productions to create the costume design for diverse operas. Tailored to apprentices' skills and professional interests, your apprenticeship can comprise of costume and production design, creating individual pieces, alteration and repairs, costume acquisition across Berlin and performance backstage changes. Learn what a costume designer job looks like in Germany. To apply, please email a CV.

Kapellmeister (Conductor with pianist responsibilities)

Under the direction of the world-class faculty be guided as a developing conductor, getting crucial experience hearing feedback from both sides of the baton. Grow under the guidance of both conductors and singers, while leading the ensemble. All assigned activities are based both on the desire of the individual to grow in that area, and the merit earned by the level of preparation ready upon arrival. As we will provide contacts and opportunities to play for agents who can give further employment, we are expecting all apprentices to arrive with a professional level of preparation. That given, you will play production rehearsals, assist maestro and faculty répétiteurs during production rehearsals and music coachings, be prepared to sing lines during production rehearsals and music coachings to fill in for absent or ill singers, collaborate with vocal instruction faculty during singing lessons and masterclasses, assist with accompaniment during concerts and at the discretion of the musical director play the performances. Your additional responsibilities will include conducting rehearsals, working closely with the conductor to keep a performance-ready score with all relevant notes from rehearsals, stepping in for maestro when asked, and coaching singers in your areas of strength.

Set Designer

Bring the director's vision to life an create the operatic world the BOA singer's enter. Work under the guidance of former intendants and the BOA staff while gaining valuable hands-on experience. You will be working closely with directors & the production manager to develop each production's design in performance spaces. You will develop and manufacture set pieces and props that create the stage space, communicate directly with the directors, stage managers and assistant directors during production meetings, rehearsals and in the theater. You will be expected to attend rehearsals to keep track of changes, new ideas and alterations regarding set and props, as well as assist with set transport between rehearsal rooms and the theater venues. You will also integrate set pieces and prop access into theater venues during technical set-up. Our goal is to cater to each participants strengths and weaknesses, and leave you with the opportunity to get hired and recommended by the people you will be working with.

Stage Manager

Become a part of the BOA team in one of the most important organizational tasks. Take responsibility of all things belonging to the stage from calls to props to quick changes. Develop under the guidance of staff regularly working at the world's top houses. You will keep a rehearsal book/score with detailed notes/drawings during all rehearsals including entrances, exits, costume changes, set changes, props, technical calls and you will work with the director & conductor to prepare the rehearsal room to meet their requirements and daily plan. You will call the start and end to all rehearsals and breaks, ensure each cast gets balanced rehearsal time, be responsible for all cast attendance, including communicating tardiness, absence, illness to all relevant staff. You will be contacting singers if late, and assisting with production tasks where relevant. Additionally, you will problem-solve rehearsal issues that arise, communicate to relevant faculty & staff in a timely and professional manner, and ensure rehearsal rooms are opened and locked 10 minutes prior to and following all rehearsals, and that all keys are returned to the relevant parties. Our goal for stage managers is to have you demonstrate and hone your abilities, while demonstrating them to staff members who can directly recommend you for employment opportunities.

Intern

If you are passionate about opera, get your feet wet with a variety of important tasks, assisting the general director and artistic administrator directly and helping with the preparation of rehearsal plans. You will develop your skills in marketing and enter the challenging but exciting world of arts promotion, ranging from web and poster design to face-to-face publicity. You will be guided by former opera intendants, and current leaders in the field. Your experience will be tailored to your specific skills and interests, as our goal is to help people grow in their areas of strength, assist with weaknesses and provide employment opportunities in the field.

Technical/lighting assistant

Learn from the guidance of the lead lighting employees of Berlin's most important opera houses. Learn the fundamentals of lighting in opera, from follows, to set up, to calls, etc. Gain the experience necessary to develop your own lighting call sheets and plans, and the tricks of the trade to professional lighting techniques. For those more advanced applicants, it's an opportunity to gain professional exposure to both our invited guests as well as your professisonal colleagues and if ready receive employment offers. For those applicatants earlier in their development, this is a chance to learn by doing under the guidance of the industry's best.