Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any further questions.

Am I ready for BOA?

BOA accepts musicians at many stages of development. We do not expect 'finished products'. We have undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate applicants. We accept musicians 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.

How many casts are there?

You will be part of either a double cast or a single cast. We place a high value on learning by doing and providing singers with as much individual instruction with faculty as possible.

Is there an age limit to apply?

BOA participants are typically between the ages of 19-36, but there are no age limits. We accept musicians on the basis of potential and employability.

Will I get to audition for an agent?

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.

Are singers ever hired as a result of agent auditions at BOA?

Yes. BOA connects singers each summer to agencies, which regularly results in further employment auditions. BOA Alumni have been successful in securing engagements in German-speaking houses in both solo and chorus repertoire.

Do I need to speak German?

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.

Are the operas performed with orchestra?

Yes, all operas will be performed with chamber orchestra.

What are BOA Accommodations like?

Successful applicants are housed in apartments in one of Berlin's most charming neighbourhoods. Studio apartments are shared, 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 upgrade to a private studio apartment. Each studio apartment is equipped with a shared bathroom, full kitchenette and WiFi.

What is the difference between being a Festival Singers and a Studio Singer?

The primary difference between the two is the performance of a role. The festival includes the rehearsal and performance of a fully staged opera, whereas studio singers focus on professional and artistic development and presentation.

When should I arrive or leave?

Check-in for your session will be on the first date listed for your production or group. Check-out is on the last day listed. Accommodation is available from Check-In to Check-Out for those utilizing BOA's housing. We strongly recommend privately renting a place to stay beyond these dates, so as to enjoy more of Berlin. Please see your specific offer email for confirmed dates.

Are meals included in my tuition?

Meals are not included in the tution fee, but all accommodation includes access to a kitchen as well as grocery shopping and restaurants within walking distance from your place of residence.