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Each production is double cast. Major lead roles may be cast with covers to gain experience preparing a major role and covering, which is important as a young professional. Unlike other programs, there will be no triple or quadruple casting - we place a high value on learning by doing and providing singers with as much individual instruction with faculty as possible.
BOA accepts singers at many stages of development. We do not expect 'finished products'. We have undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate applicants. We accept singers that demonstrate developing vocal technique, positive work ethic and potential. Our primary goal is to help each in their own journey to an operatic career by giving them the necessary tools to succeed.
BOA singers are typically between the ages of 19-36, but there are no age limits. We accept singers on the basis of potential and employability.
Yes. Each session we bring in well known artist managers and agents of reputation and high standard. You will not only have the opportunity to present yourself, they will also give a masterclass, workshop or individualized coaching. They will explain what will best improve your chances of being hired by a company in Germany. BOA students from previous sessions have been directly offered positions and engaged by agents brought to the program.
You do not, but the better you speak, the more you will get from your experience. All BOA instruction is conducted in English. German language classes are an integral part of the BOA experience. This will best prepare you for audition tours in Germany. Berlin is very friendly to international visitors and most signs are in English. Most Germans in Berlin also speak English fluently.
The majority of BOA operas are performed with piano accompaniment. Using a piano allows BOA to maximize your individual training and make the most of rehearsal time. As a pilot program in 2018, BOA is introducing a small baroque orchestra within the L'incoronazione di Poppea production.
Successful applicants are housed in apartments in one of Berlin's most charming neighbourhoods. Studio apartments are shared between two people, as responses from former students indicate that one of the most valuable parts of the program was making contacts and the sense of community involved in growing through the experience together. It is possible to arrange a private studio apartment. Each studio apartment is equipped with a shared bathroom, full kitchenette including stove, dishwasher, kettle, microwave, coffee machine as well as all linens, WiFi and Television. There is weekly cleaning service with fresh linens. The accommodations have access to washer and dryer, iron, elevator and a grocery store downstairs.
Yes. Each opera is double cast if possible; lead roles may have a cover. In contrast to many programs, no role is more than double cast. In the case of illness or unpreparedness that causes the performer to be unable to sing, a professional replacement is available. We recommend carrying travel cancellation insurance for cost reimbursement in the case of illness.