Summer Program 2020

06.07 - 02.08

The main aim of the program to provide world class training to talanted artists and give them the skills needed to embark on a career in Europe, focused on professional growth.


We offer training in role preparation, vocal technique, dramatic preparation, audition technique, and stage movement. In addition to the main stage productions, the program will include concerts, open masterclasses, staged scenes and short operas with piano.


The summer program 2020 includes

the Lyric Opera Studio

the Lyric Opera Festival

the International Opera Competition


The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio

The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio is a summer comprehensive opera training program, which is designed for emerging professional singers considering a career in Israel and Europe. We co-operate with professional opera festivals, theaters and European opera agencies.


The program will have a strong training element, and artists will work with world-class singers, directors, conductors, coaches, and choreographers both in production rehearsals and in training sessions, which will include individual and group vocal and repertoire coaching, masterclasses, auditioning classes and career seminars.


Next year our faculty will include:

General Director of the Dresden Opera Theatre, Mr. Peter Theiler, Casting Director of Teatro Alla Scala, Milano, Mr. Toni Gradsack, Head of National Young Artist Program of Dutch National Opera, Ms. Rosemary Joshua, Principal conductor of Metropolitan Opera, Maestro Pierre Vallet, Head of Voice Department of the Milano Academy, Ms. Vitalba Mosca and other...


The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival

The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival established as a flagship event to show off Jerusalem as a destination for new and unique art experiences. The very special performances of the best known and most popular pieces of operatic literature make up the central core of the festival’s program. The mission of the festival is bringing together talents from all the arts, and on encouraging new talent. We are proud to make the education of emerging professional singers a large part of what we do.


The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival 2020 includes following events

The fully staged opera production of "Madama Butterfly" by G.Puccini with the one of the leading Israeli orchestra

The fully staged opera production of "L’elisir d’amore" by G.Donizetti with the one of the leading Israeli orchestra

Concerts and master-classes


Visit Festival Website 



Auditions

To submit your application to the Summer Program, please click on the red button below and fill out the application form. Please indicate for which role(s) you wish to be considered or Opera Studio Apprentice Position. You will receive an email confirming your application and giving you instructions related to your audition.


LIVE AUDITIONS

08.11.2019 Live Auditions for "L’elisir d’amore" - Jerusalem

15.11.2019 Live Auditions for "Madama Butterfly" - Jerusalem

22.11.2019 The general live auditions to Summer Program 2020 - Jerusalem


RECORDED AUDITION

To audition online, submit a link to a YouTube video of your audition in the application form. (The professional recording is preferable) You should submit an audition video with piano accompaniment or with orchestra.

NOTE: There is no deadline for online auditions, but early applying is recommended for early casting



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Audition requirements

Please prepare two contrasting arias of your choice (one in Italian). Applicants who would like to be considered for roles in "Madama Butterfly" and "L’elisir d’amore" should submit the following materials:


"Madama Butterfly"

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

1. The arias and extracts of the chosen role from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. The reference edition will be Ricordi

2. Aria of their own choice by Verdi or Puccini. All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Madame Butterfly (soprano) - "Quanto cielo! Quanto mar!", "Un bel dì vedremo", "Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio", "O a me sceso dal trono"

Suzuki (mezzo-soprano) - "Preghiera di Suzuki" (…e Izaghi ed Izanami, Sarundasico e Kami…)

B.F. Pinkerton (tenor) - "Dovunque al mondo", "Addio fiorito asil"

For roles: Kate Pinkerton(mezzo-soprano),Sharpless (baritone), Goro (tenor),Prince Yamadori(tenor),Yakuside(bass) ,the Bonze (basso), the Imperial Commissioner (basso), the Official Registar(bass), Cio-Cio San’s mother(mezzo-soprano),the Aunt(soprano), the Cousin(soprano)- 2 arias of your own choice by Verdi or Puccini.

All the arias must be performed from memory.


"L’elisir d’amore"

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

1. The arias and extracts of the chosen role from L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti. The reference edition will be Ricordi

2. Aria of their own choice by Rossini, Donizetti or Bellini, with Recitativo. All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Nemorino (tenore) - Aria "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara", Duetto "Caro elisir, sei mio" (up to the beginning of Terzetto), Duetto "La donna è un animale stravagante davvero", Aria "Una furtiva lagrima"

Adina (soprano) - Aria "Benedette queste carte", Duetto "Come sen va contento", Aria "Prendi per me sei libero" (with the whole cabaletta)

Belcore (baritone) - Aria "Come Paride vezzoso", Duetto "La donna è un animale stravagante davvero"

Dulcamara (baritone or bass-baritone or bass) - Aria "Udite, udite, o rustici", Duetto "Voglio dire... lo stupendo elisir che desta amore"

Giannetta (soprano) - Aria con coro "Saria possibile? Possibilissimo"



Audition results

The audition result letter is sent out regardless the result. The casting usually starts from January and finishing in April. In special cases, this may take longer. We appreciate your patience and asks to give notice us about changes in your plans to participate in the summer program.



Application Fee & Tuition

The summer program is supported and subsidized by the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Culture and Sport in Israel, which allows to keep a lower price of tuition than other similar programs in Israel and Europe.


Application Fee for recorded auditions 40€

Application Fee for live auditions 25€ (100 NIS)

Summer Program tuition: 1000€

Summer Program + role in Festival production: 1250€


The first initial deposit of 250€ is due within 1 week. The payment receipt of this deposit should be sent with your confirmation letter

The rest of tuition must be made later according to requirement described in the invitation letter.

All tuition deposits are non-refundable under any circumstances



Scholarships

The limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for participants demonstrating a high abilities and a particular needs. In special cases, the Summer Program covers the flying expenses and accommodation.

To apply for the scholarship, please include a brief explanation of your request at the time of your filling an application form.



Accommodation

The accommodation is not included in the tuition price. The participant may choose to supply their own housing or pay the additional price around €500 for Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio to place them in a dormitory or home-stay situation.

The accommodation price may vary depending on the period and the type of accommodation that the participant chooses.

The participants who interested in Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio housing solutions, must notify this immediately upon receipt of the invitation letter. The number of places for accommodation is limited and the summer program administration does not undertake that everyone will receive it.



NOTE: The summer program organizers reserve the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the Program either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.



International Opera Competition

The International Opera Competition takes place in Jerusalem, and is open for singers participants of the summer program. The main goal of the Competition is to assist the career development of talented young singers. It also acts as a bridge builder between the Israel and international music scenes. Through several rounds, a jury consisting of internationally renowned opera conductors, singers and casting associates from some of the world's top opera houses judge the participants' efforts.

 List of Winners



Repertoire requirements

Candidates are invited to compile their own individual list of arias to be performed in the competition. The pieces presented in two rounds cannot be the same.



Arias

The repertoire list must consist of five opera arias. Consideration should be given to present arias in contrasting styles. Candidates are encouraged to include Israel music amongst their choices. The Competition has prepared a representative list of suggestions of works by Israels composers.



General requirements

Opera arias must be performed in the original key and, where possible, in their original language. Please note that you cannot perform the same works in the preliminary and the final rounds. All rounds of the Opera Competition are open to the public.




Rounds and repertoire


Preliminary round

All participants of the summer program are invited to take part in the preliminary rounds. The repertoire consists of two self-chosen operatic arias from your repertoire list. Total performance time should not exceed 7 minutes. The pieces are to be performed with piano accompaniment.



Final

12-15 candidates will be admitted to the final. The repertoire consists of thee works from the contestant’s submitted list of arias. Two of the pieces must be operatic arias. If you have included Israeli's aria in your repertoire, these should be performed in the final. Total performance time per contestant should not exceed 15 minutes. The pieces are to be performed with piano accompaniment


NOTE: The summer program organizers reserve the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the competition either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.

Winners (last 3 years):
Year 1 prize 2 prize 3 prize
2019  Video Jacob Bowman (USA) Emily Rosenberg (USA) Anna Tetruashvili (Israel)
2018  Video Nika Brook (Israel) Naama Shulman (Israel-Germany) Alexis Silva (Chile)
2017  Video Galina Benevich (Poland) Chen Stern (Israel) Ilona Toivis (Israel)


Registration

To submit your application, please click on the red button below and fill out the application form. Choose the 'Opera Competition only' value in the relevant field.

The application must include video footage of two self-chosen operatic arias of contrasting styles. Attention should be paid to sound and picture quality. The combined recordings should be a maximum of 10 minutes long.

Collaborative Pianists

The Jerusalem Opera Studio offers a unique opportunity for pianists to study the vocal coaching, collaborative and accompanying skills with a special focus on Italian, German and French repertoire.


Main points of program

Studying the Italian language, working on different music styles, developing coaching skills with internationally renowned artists.

Practical experience in working with the internationally distinguished faculty collaborative pianists, coaches, conductors, voice teachers, and stage directors.

Individual coaching lessons.

Participation in opera productions and master-classes with faculty conductors and coaches to develop a fuller understanding to opera style, breathing and phrasing.


The program is intended for the young professional post graduate pianists.

3 Scholarships will be offered to Opera Studio 2020 Summer Program for exceptionally talented pianists.

Scholarships provide:

Full coverage of all program activities

€500 stipend for food and living expenses


Auditions

To submit your application, please click on the red button below and fill out the application form. You will receive an email confirming your application and giving you instructions related to your audition.


Audition requirements

A solo work demonstrating your technical and musical development.

The performance of pieces for one of two following operas:

      G.Donizetti "L'elisir d'amore"

      An approximately five-minute excerpt from an ensemble section of L'elisir d'amore. It is helpful if you can sing some of the vocal parts to give us an indication of your language skills and your understanding of vocal writing.

      G.Puccini "Madama Butterfly"

      You should be prepared to play and sing the Act I from Puccini's Madama Butterfly

A collaborative performance with a singer (operatic aria or art song)


Application Fee & Tuition

The summer program is supported and subsidized by the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Culture and Sport in Israel, which allows to keep a lower price of tuition than other similar programs in Israel and Europe.


Application Fee for recorded auditions 40€

Application Fee for live auditions 25€ (100 NIS)

Summer Program 2020 tuition for collaborative pianists is: 750€

All tuition deposits are non-refundable under any circumstances


Accommodation

The accommodation is not included in the tuition price. The participant may choose to supply their own housing or pay the additional price around €500 for Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio to place them in a dormitory or home-stay situation.

The accommodation price may vary depending on the period and the type of accommodation that the participant chooses.

The participants who interested in Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio housing solutions, must notify this immediately upon receipt of the invitation letter. The number of places for accommodation is limited and the summer program administration does not undertake that everyone will receive it.


NOTE: The summer program organizers reserve the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the Program either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.

Our Faculty (not updated to 2020)

Constanze Könemann

Dramatic coach

Toni Gradsack

Casting manager, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Paolo Spadaro

Conductor, Vocal Coach, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Submit your application

to Summer Program 2020