Opera Performance Studio
July 2 – August 3, 2019
Europe’s Premiere Young Artist Program
Comprehensive Training & Exceptional Performance Opportunities
**Staged Operas with the MAI Festival Orchestra
La Clemenza di Tito by W.A. Mozart
*Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera) – by Richard Strauss
Turn Of The Screw by Benjamin Britten
Opera Gala Performance Conducted by J. David Jackson, Metropolitan Opera
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 & supporting roles in main stage productions with orchestra, and to work with world-class directors, conductors, coaches, and voice teachers. 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, Lindeman Young Artist Development Program, 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
- Opera Gala Performances with Orchestra
- Master Classes – Classical and Cross Over
- Voice Lessons and Vocal Coaching
- Acting & Characterization Classes
- Italian/English/German Diction
- Aria Coaching & Dramatic Preparation
- Audition Preparation Workshops
- 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, and the Broadway Stage, in addition to Piper Artists Management, an internationally recognized management and production firm.
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. All artists are considered for cover roles that they feel will benefit their technical and dramatic aspirations as an artist. Additional performances include Opera Galas with the MAI Orchestra, Master Classes, & Recitals.
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 and vocal coachings are a regular part of your 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, cross over, and business aspects of managing a professional career.
DICTION – Diction is provided in a classroom setting and is taught by our vocal coaching staff. Young Artists are divided into classes depending on the roles that they have been selected to perform. 2019 diction classes will be offered in Italian, German, and English.
ACTING – MAI offers acting workshops that concentrate on the development of stage relationships and characterization while respecting the vocal demands of the operatic repertoire. We are proud to have Vince DeGeorge, chair of acting at CCM to head up our acting classes at MAI.
ARTIST MANAGEMENT CONSULTATIONS & PROFESSIONAL AUDITIONS – Young Artists at MAI have the unique opportunity to take part in artist management workshops and consultations offered by Mitchell Piper and Robin Blauers Piper, owners of Piper Artist Management, one of the top management firms in the world today. Professional management auditions are offered as part of your experience at MAI. No other YAP offers the opportunity for advanced young artists to actually sign a professional management contract. MAI alumni that are now on the roster of Piper Artists include mezzo soprano Maya Gour, tenors Piotr Buszewski, and WooYoung Yoon, and soprano Claire Coolen, who are all enjoying International opera careers thanks to the efforts of Piper Artists.
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, or by clicking the Apply Now! button and submitting your application directly to MAI. Accompanists are provided free of charge for all live auditions. MAI never charges an audition or application fee.
Auditions – Live and Video auditions are accepted through YAP Tracker until March 31, 2019, 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. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of their audition. Deposits are due within 10 days of your acceptance.
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 & Housing – 2019 Opera Performance Studio tuition is $5,495. A registration fee of $250 is due with your acceptance. Housing is provided at local hotels, and fully serviced apartments. All MAI housing is situated a short walk from the rehearsal facilities and the performance center. Limited private rooms can be assigned based on availability at an additional cost of €250 per week. Partial scholarships are available and are based on the financial needs of the young artist, and the artistic needs of Music Academy International.
Transportation – MAI provides free round trip private bus transportation from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE) on July 3 to Fiera di Primiero, and returning from Fiera di Primiero to VCE on August 3. Specific details are provided in your acceptance package.
*Ariadne Auf Naxos is being performed as the opera proper without the prologue. This will allow more time for the singers to have personalized time in rehearsals and coatings.
**Opera productions are subject to change depending on the casting options available to Music Academy International.Apply Now!