Summer Program 2024

01.07 - 24.07

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 2024 includes

Summer Opera Studio

Summer Opera Festival

International Competition


Summer Opera Studio

Summer Opera Studio is a 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:

Artistic Director and General Manager of the Staatstheater Augsburg André Bücker, Casting & Artistic Production Officer, the Grand Théâtre de Genève Markus Hollop, Music director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Peter Lodahl and other...


Opera productions are the most important part of the summer opera studio.

Three casts of singers will be selected for each opera production. All selected singers will receive highly professional training, including group and individual rehearsals with conductors and coaches.

The best, one or two casts, will be selected to participate in the Jerusalem Summer Opera Festival, where they will perform their role with the orchestra in the venue ranked among the superior performance spaces in Jerusalem.

All the rest singers will also have the opportunity to sing a role in the piano performance.

Do you want to prove that you are the best and start your career right this year at the Summer Festival?


Summer Opera Festival

Summer 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.


Summer Opera Festival 2024 includes following events

The fully staged opera production of "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" by G.F.Handelwith the one of the leading Israeli orchestra

The fully staged opera production of E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel

The fully staged opera production of G.Verdi Aida with the one of the leading Israeli orchestra

The fully staged opera production of V.Bellini I Capuleti e I Montecchi

The opera gala concert with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and master-classes


The selected singers will have the opportunity to perform the role in the fully staged opera with an orchestra.

Don’t miss the opportunity to audition and be cast in the next Summer Program. Apply now.


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International 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.

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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

2023-11-30 Live Audition in the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance

2024-01-31 Live Audition in the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance

Additional date will be announced later.


RECORDED AUDITION

For the recorded audition, 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 the recorded auditions, but early applying is recommended for early casting. The number of participants is limited.


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.



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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 opera productions should submit the following materials:


"Giulio Cesare in Egitto" by G.F.Handel

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

The arias and extracts of the chosen role from "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" by G.F.Handel. The reference edition will be Barenreiter Edition

All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Giulio Cesare (Alto/counter tenor) - "Non è si vago e bello","Va tacito e nascosto","Al lampo dell`armi","Dall`ondo…Aure, deh, per pietà spirate"

Cleopatra (Soprano) - "Non disperar`,"Tu la mia stella sei`,"V`adoro pupille","Se pietà di me non senti","Piangerò la sorte mia","Da tempeste il legno infranto"

Sesto Pompeo (Mezzo-soprano) - "Svegliatevi nel core", "Cara speme, questo core","L`angue offeso mai riposa","L`aure che spira","La giustizia ha già sull`arco"

Cornelia, moglie di Pompeo (Contralto) - "Priva son d`ogni conforto","Nel tuo seno, amico sasso`

Curio, tribuno di Roma (Bass) - 2 arias of your own choice by Handel

Achilla (Bass) - "Tu sei il cor di questo core"

Nireno (alto/countertenor) - 2 arias of your own choice by Handel

Tolomeo (Alto/counter tenor) - "L`empio,sleale, indegno","Si spietata il tuo rigore","Belle dee di questo core"


E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

The arias and extracts of the chosen role from E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel. The reference edition will be Barenreiter Edition

All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Gretel (Soprano) - "Ein Männlein steht im Walde"

Gertrude (Soprano) - "Wartet, hir ungezogenen Wichte!"

Peter, a broom-maker (Baritone) - "Ach, wir armen Leute!"

Sandmännchen (Soprano) - "Der kleine Sandmann bin ich"

Taumännchen (Soprano) - "Der kleine Taumann heiss`ich"

Die Hexe (Mezzo-soprano) - "Hurr, hopp, hurr, hopp" (Hexenlied)

Hansel (Mezzo-soprano) - 2 arias


G.Verdi Aida

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

The arias and extracts of the chosen role from G.Verdi Aida . The reference edition will be Ricordi edition

All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Ramfis, High Priest (Bass) - Immenso Ftha

A messenger (Tenore) - 2 arias of your own choice by G.Verdi

Voice of the High Priestess (Sacerdotessa) (Soprano) - 2 arias of your own choice by G.Verdi


V.Bellini I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Each applicant must prepare for the audition:

The arias and extracts of the chosen role from V.Bellini I Capuleti e I Montecchi. The reference edition will be Ricordi edition

All the arias and extracts must be performed from memory. Each participant can prepare more than a role. Roles to be chosen


Giulietta (Soprano) - Aria "Eccomi..., Oh, quante volte!"

Romeo (Mezzo-soprano) - Aria,"Se Romeo t`uccise un figlio"

Tebaldo (Tenore) - Aria "È serbata a questo acciaro"

Capellio (Bass) - 2 arias of your own choice by V.Bellini/G.Donizetti or G.Verdi

Lorenzo (Bass) - 2 arias of your own choice by V.Bellini/G.Donizetti or G.Verdi




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)


Participants chosen to perform solo roles in the mainstage festival productions, understudy major and substantial roles, and participate in all training opportunities pay 1500€ towards tuition fees.

Participants chosen to participate in the program with a strong training element and perform in the ensemble with the possibility to perform appropriate roles and understudy roles pay 1,250 € towards tuition fees.


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 and not provided by summer program. The participant must choose to supply their own housing.



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

02.07 - 03.07

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



Dates and location

Preliminary round - 02.07

Final round - 03.07

Location: Harmony Cultural Center, Koresh St 3, Jerusalem   Show Map



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 5 years):
Year 1 prize 2 prize 3 prize
2023  Video Veronika Kurmanov (Israel) Serafima Liberman (Israel) Jonas Sakalauskas (Lithuania)
2022  Video David Goldberg (Israel) Priscilla Portales Valle (Mexico) RZA KHOSROVZADE (Azerbaijan)
2021  Video Jason Lee Berger (United States) Oleksander Farkushak (Ukraine) Na'ama Shulman (Israel-Germany)
2020  Video Karina Radzion (Israel) Shlomit Kovalski (Israel) Audelia Zagoury (Israel)
2019  Video Jacob Bowman (USA) Emily Rosenberg (USA) Anna Tetruashvili (Israel)


Registration

From 2022 the International Opera Competition is available only for the Summer Opera Studio participants


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