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W.A.Mozart

Le Nozze di Figaro

Trieste, Italy

July 1st - 22nd 2024

I. Discover

the beautiful city of Trieste, the gem of the Adriatic Sea and home to OperUs. From its harmonious synthesis of Italian and Austrian architecture to its multiple theatres, concert halls, historic coffee roasteries and delicious cuisine, Trieste's welcoming atmosphere and sophisticated cultural offerings, as well as its long history as a cultural meeting point make it the perfect base for our opera studio, offering participants the opportunity of a European debut at the heart of the continent.

II) Debut

your role in a final performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, sung with orchestra to most effectively prepare young artists on the stage and in the pit for the musical and logistical scale of a professional production.

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III) Explore

the true multimedia nature of opera production as a synthesis of artforms, with an elegant, modern twist on traditional costuming and a production designed in collaboration with artist Maria Kononov. For a sneak peek of the production’s costume designs, download the PDF at the bottom of the web page!

IV) Learn

Learn from our prestigious and supportive faculty of internationally respected musicians, teachers, artists and industry links, including bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, in a professional rehearsal process, Mr Pisaroni's masterclass and a variety of music marketing and industry branding sessions, Italian language & phonetics lessons and much more!

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V) Join

The OperUs Community is a wide network of artists with whom OperUs has previously collaborated, who are frequently called back for additional opportunities such as recitals, concerts and scholarships. OperUs Community artists are also regularly promoted on our social media, press channels and mailing list, raising the profile of their artistry among all our followers and industry links. 

VI) Build

lasting connections. All opera studio participants will have the opportunity to stay in comfortable shared accommodation thanks to OperUs’ exclusive deal with Hotello Trieste. Through this accommodation deal as well as OperUs’ close focus on team-building and a supportive rehearsal process, the young artists in attendance will have the chance to develop close professional and personal connections and feel supported by a cast “family”.

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Jingle Gawley 

Repetiteur

"At the opera studio there was a care for the musicians - not just art, but there was an all-around care. I was really impressed."

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Sean Purtell

Bass

"They were the loveliest people to audition for... So supportive, and they seemed to really care about what they were doing and the people they were working with"

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Iris Hyemin Kwon

Soprano

"With them, I found out - I can do anything!" 

10 REASONS TO CHOOSE THE OPERUS OPERA STUDIO 

  1. Role debut with orchestra in Italy and professional development

  2. Professional rehearsal process & Masterclass with Luca Pisaroni

  3. Italian language and phonetics coachings

  4. Professional photoshoot and video of the performance

  5. Press coverage and report of the event on Italian television

  6. No upper age limits

  7. Network and perform for an agent during the program

  8. Production design by artist-in-residence Maria Kononov, in synthesis with beautiful costumes

  9. Swimming beaches, sophisticated cultural offerings and affordable accommodation and living costs in Trieste

  10. Possibility of further paid opportunities in the OperUs Summer Season 2025 for the most promising young artists

Info & Applications

1) APPLICATION DETAILS

 

Deadline to apply: May 31st, 2024

 

To apply, please send the following documents along to info.operaus@gmail.com:

 

  • Application form (available in PDF format below)

  • CV/Resumé in English or Italian

  • HD Photo

  • A copy of your Passport/ID card

  • Two video or audio recordings of arias, one of which by Mozart

  • Proof of payment of application fee (20€) payable to:

  • ACCOUNT NAME: OPERUS SRLS

  • IBAN: IT58Z0103002204000001282108

  • BIC/SWIFT: PASCITM1486

  • ADDRESS: BANCA MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA, VILLA OPICINA, FILIALE DI VIA NAZIONALE 42 

  • REFERENCE: APPLICANT'S NAME FIGARO APPLICATION 

  • AMOUNT: 20€ (VAT included) 

 

2) ROLES AND POSITIONS AVAILABLE

  • Figaro (2 places)

  • Susanna (2 places)

  • Countess Almaviva (2 places + 1 cover)

  • Count Almaviva (1 place + 1 cover)

  • Cherubino (1 place + 1 cover)

  • Marcellina (2 places + 1 cover) 

  • Bartolo (2 places + 1 cover)

  • Barbarina (main + Susanna cover) (1 place)

  • Basilio / Don Curzio (1 place + 1 cover)

  • Antonio (main+ Figaro cover) (1 place )

Repetiteur (2 places)

Conductor (1 place)

3) TUITION FEES

Tuition fees are payable in installments and include:

SINGERS

 

  • Role debut with orchestra in final fully staged performance with production design by artist Maria Kononov

  • Daily rehearsals at a professional production standard

  • Individual coachings on style, technique and interpretation

  • Masterclasses with Luca Pisaroni

  • Group Italian diction and language class, working on the libretto and sung diction of the opera

  • Character work and interpretation sessions

  • Professional rehearsal and performance pictures

  • Professional photoshoot

  • Video recording of your performance

  • Agent networking oppprtunity

  • Press kit and further publicity through Italian media channels

  • Welcome kit

  • Possibility of further paid opportunities in the OperUs Summer Season of events 2025

Tuition fees group A roles (Figaro, Susanna, Countess Almaviva, Count Almaviva, Cherubino, Marcellina, Bartolo): 3000€

Tuition fees group B roles (Barbarina - including Susanna cover, Basilio / Don Curzio, Antonio including Figaro cover): 1800€

Tuition fees covers (Countess Almaviva, Count Almaviva, Cherubino, Marcellina, Bartolo, Basilio / Don Curzio): 610€

REPETITEURS 

  • Daily training and performance experience in a professional theatre in Trieste

  • Individual coachings with Prof. Antonella Costantini, Director of Music of OperUs

  • Italian language lessons 

  • Professional rehearsal and performance pictures

  • Professional photoshoot

  • Video recording of your performance

  • Press kit and further publicity through Italian media channels

  • Welcome kit

  • Possibility of further paid opportunities in the OperUs Summer Season of events 2025

Tuition fees repetiteurs: 800€

CONDUCTORS

  • Daily training and performance experience in a professional theatre in Trieste

  • Conduct rehearsals and final performance

  • Collaborate with Vocal Faculty during singing lessons and masterclasses

  • Italian language course 

  • Professional rehearsal and performance pictures

  • Professional photoshoot

  • Video recording of your performance

  • Press kit and further publicity through Italian media channels

  • Welcome kit

  • Possibility of further paid opportunities in the OperUs Summer Season of events 2025

Tuition fees conductor: 2000€

4) FAQ SECTION

- Are accommodation and food included in the tuition fee?

 

Accommodation and food are not included, however, OperUs can offer all participants an exclusive deal on reduced-price accommodation at Hotello Trieste https://www.hotello.space/. Trieste also has affordable food and necessities compared to most large European cities and we will be glad to provide details of suggested restaurants, caterers and supermarkets. 

- Are there any scholarships?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer scholarships, however tuition fees can be paid in monthly installments from the date of enrollment

- What language will lessons be held in? 

Lessons and rehearsals will be run bilingually (English-Italian) thanks to our fully bilingual staff body. Prior knowledge of the Italian language is therefore not required.

- How many casts are there?

There are two main casts who will each sing one performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, plus a cover for every role. Please note that the roles of Barbarina and Antonio will each be sung by one singer for both casts, and that the main cast Barbarina will cover the role of Susanna, while the main cast Antonio will cover the role of Figaro. 

What tuition do covers get? 

Covers will receive the same number of coachings as main cast singers and will participate in rehearsals, career development seminars and photoshoots. They will attend the masterclasses as auditors and will join Italian classes alongside main cast members. While they may go on to perform in the event of a main cast member becoming ill or otherwise indisposed, please note that participation in the final performance is not guaranteed for covers (except cover Susanna and cover Figaro in their main cast roles as Barbarina and Antonio). 

- Will I get to audition for an agent?

 

Yes, thanks to our collaboration with several agencies, all cast members will have the opportunity to meet and sing for one of them.

What job opportunities can I get out of the experience?

A role debut at the OperUs Opera Studio 2024 is an ideal professional credit to add to a CV. In addition, participants will become part of the OperUs community of artists for which they may be called back for paid performance opportunities in the 2025 OperUs Summer Season of events. Lastly, as part of the professional development aspect of the program, they will all participate in personal branding and music marketing seminars as well as a professional photoshoot, and a professional video will be made of the final performance.

- Are there any age limits to apply?

Applications are open to all over-18s and there is no upper age limit. 

- At which stage of my studies/career should I apply for the opera studio?

OperUs believes in measuring applicants by the merit of their performance, without prejudice in favour of particular age groups or educational stages. We welcome applications from current and prospective university and conservatoire students, graduates and early-career professionals.

- Which airports are closest?

Trieste is well served by a variety of nearby airports. The closest is Trieste Airport, just a short train ride away (28 minutes ride). Other possibilities include Venice Marco Polo (direct bus to Trieste from outside the airport about 1.5h drive), Venice Treviso, Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Verona. ​

If you have any other questions or require assistance, please feel free to reach out to our office team by clicking the "contact us"button below.

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