Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

Our operas will be triple cast. We place a high value on learning by doing so singers are expected to be actively learning in rehearsals at all times. We coordinate rehearsals to provide 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 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.

In the event that I have to cancel my participation, are my tuition installments refundable?

All tuition payments are non-refundable. We strongly recommend “cancel for any reason insurance” to protect your investment. Not only can this serve to help should you need to cancel your participation, it can also reimburse your planned travel costs. “Cancel for any reason insurance” providers vary by country of residence, so ask locally for more information.

Are accommodation and food included in my tuition?

Accommodation and food are not included in the tuition fee. Fortunately, Berlin is a very affordable city compared to other world capitals when it comes to accommodation, supermarkets and restaurants.