Opera Performance Studio
July 1 – August 4, 2018
Mitchell Piper, General & Artistic Director – J. David Jackson, Music Director
Europe’s premiere Young Artist Program offering comprehensive training and exceptional performance opportunities.
2018 Opera Productions – All Performed with the MAI Festival Orchestra
Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Dark Sisters (European Premiere) by Nico Muhly
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Music Academy International is the premiere Young Artist Program in Europe today. The Opera Performance Studio is distinguished from other young artist programs by the variety and quality of opportunities it provides its participants. Young Artists are given the opportunity to perform leading roles in main stage productions with orchestra, and to work with world-class directors, and conductors. The focus of the studio is on professional development and ‘training through performance’. Former participants have been accepted into Young Artist Programs with the Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, Merola Opera Program, and the opera studios in Berlin, Munich, and Zurich. They have performed with leading opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin, and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
- Staged Opera With Orchestra
- Lieder & Chanson Recitals
- Opera Gala Performances
- Master Classes – Classical and Cross Over
- Voice Lessons and Vocal Coaching
- Advanced Character Development
- Diction Classes
- Aria Coaching & Dramatic Preparation
- Audition Preparation
- Artist Management Consultations & Auditions
THE FINEST FACULTY OF ANY YAP – PERIOD!!! – The level of success of any YAP lies in their faculty. MAI provides an exceptional faculty including conductors, directors, voice teachers, and vocal coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Washington National Opera, Teatro la Fenice, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, DePaul University, and Liz Caplan Vocal Studio (cross over).
ROLE PERFORMANCE – As a member of the Opera Performance Studio you will be assigned a role to sing in a staged performance with the MAI Festival Orchestra. Leading roles are double cast to ensure performances in the event of illness. Secondary roles are single cast, often with additional secondary roles in other operas. All artists are considered for cover roles that they feel will benefit their future engagements and technical ambitions as an artist. Additional performances include Lieder & Chanson Recitals, and Opera Galas.
ROLE & AUDITION PREP – Vocal Coaching/Diction: Young artist will be provided vocal coaching to prepare all roles assigned at MAI, as well as given the opportunity to prepare audition arias for future auditions. This is a great opportunity to add new arias to your audition package, or to polish arias that are already in your repertoire. The opportunity to artistically and dramatically prepare your audition repertoire with such world-renowned professionals is invaluable to young artists.
VOICE LESSONS – At MAI, voice lessons are a regular part of your daily training. Our faculty artists are among the finest voice teachers available in the world today. They have enjoyed major performing careers and are engaged by leading opera houses and major conservatories of music. A complete faculty list is available on the Faculty Tab.
MASTER CLASSES – Master Classes are an integral part of your training at MAI and cover a wide variety of specialties including; vocal technique, performance repertoire, auditioning, operatic style, dramatic interpretation, language/diction, and business aspects of managing a professional career. The classes are taught by our resident faculty artists, and visiting guest artists. Recent guest artists have included internationally renowned sopranos Deborah Voigt, and Renata Scotto.
PROFESSIONAL ARTIST MANAGEMENT AUDITIONS – Young Artists at MAI have the unique opportunity to take part in artist management workshops and consultations, as well as auditions for professional artist management firms. No other YAP offers the opportunity for advanced young artists to actually sign a management contract.
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTSEEING – Based in the spectacular setting of Italy’s Primiero Valley, the program offers the unique opportunity to learn, explore and perform in some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. A full schedule of cultural and recreational opportunities – from concert-going in Verona to canyoning in the Dolomites – provide lifelong memories. Your own time on stage will be equally meaningful, as MAI performances are held in a range of unique and historic venues.
- Nearby Cities Include: Venice, Salzburg, Verona, Innsbruck.
- Hiking and Biking in the Dolomites.
- Cable car trip to Refugio di Tognola for breathtaking views.
- Cable car trip to Rifugio Rosetta located on one of the highest peaks in the Dolomites.
- Hiking trip to visit a cheese-making farm.
- Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Arena di Verona; 300 singers, actors, live camels! A musical extravaganza!
- San Martino di Castrozza, the oldest skiing resort in the Alpine region.
- Water Canyoning in Val Noana with renowned Alpine guides.
Applications – Opera Performance Studio applications are accepted either through YAP TRACKER at the link available below, or by clicking the Apply Now! button, also available blow and submitting your application directly to MAI. Accompanists are provided free of charge for all live auditions. MAI does not charge an audition or application fee.
Auditions – Live and Video auditions are accepted through YAP Tracker until April 15, 2018, or until all Young Artists positions have been filled. Video and early applications are encouraged. Applicants submitting a video audition should upload a YouTube link to your YAP Tracker application. Your video should be private and unlocked for our viewing. Video auditions should include two arias of varying styles that demonstrate your technical and artistic ability.
Costs & Details – MAI is truly a great value and an investment in your future. While other programs charge thousands of dollars to sing a concert or a scenes program with piano accompaniment, at MAI our young artists are presented in operatic productions with full orchestra led by leading conductors, directors, vocal coaches, and master teachers?
Tuition & Fees – 2018 Opera Performance Studio tuition is $4,695. A registration fee of $250 is payable upon acceptance.
Housing – At Music Academy International your housing and breakfast are provided free of charge at the BOUTIQUE HOTEL ORSINGHER in Fiera di Primiero. This 4 STAR hotel & spa is uniquely situated a short walk from the rehearsal facilities and the performance center. Run by Sara and Guila Basso along with the chefs Matteo ‘Bruno’ Guglielmo, and Francesco Forlini, the hotel includes a Lotus Spa & Wellness Center, the Orsingher Bar & Lounge, the Altus Restaurant, a workout room, yoga studio, and second floor terrace. High quality housing of this standard is rarely provided by a YAP and MAI is thrilled to partner with our friends at the Orsingher to provide our young artists with a luxury living experience for the duration of the festival.
Transportation – MAI provides round trip private bus transportation from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE) on July 1 at 4:00 pm to Fiera di Primiero, and returning from Fiera di Primiero to VCE on August 4 at 7:00 am. The ride is approximately 90 minutes in length and the total cost is €40. Details are provided in your acceptance package.