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IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to the world coronavirus crisis, the Greek Opera Studio Summer 2020 program will be postponed to the summer of 2021.  All productions and young artists accepted will be on hold for the 2021 summer season. We are viewing this isolation period as a time for creative growth and are working hard to implement new ideas and programs so that our 2021 Festival will be an even more rewarding experience for all involved.  We are also now accepting new applications for 2021! We wish everyone health and safety, and we look forward to creating art together soon. Thank you.

Internet Auditions: please send all recorded media to lappalainen@midamerica-music.com

Greek Opera Studio 2020 Audition:
New York Location
2021 Auditions TBA

2021 Upcoming Productions

1. Main production: Verdi’s Don Carlo

2. GOS Performance: Puccini’s La Bohème

3. Children’s Performance: Puccini’s La Bohème

4. Festival Kick Off

5. GOS Gala

6. Greek Opera Studio Concert in Athens

The Festival and Greek Opera Studio were a smashing success!

From Past Several Years

Greek Opera Studio

The Greek Opera Studio founded in 2010 by General Director Eilana Lappalainen, is in conjunction with the International Festival of the Aegean, MidAmerica Productions in New York, Midam International in central Europe, and ELArtists. It is a summer classical vocal program suited to young artists focusing on entering the world of opera at a career entry level, as well as advanced university music students interested in intensive training and stage development between semesters.

Application Process

The application process will place and divide the young artists into three categories: Resident Artists, Young Artists, and Apprentice Artists. Each applicant will be selected and positioned suited to their level of vocal development, assisting in proper placement and casting for the summer season. This Young Artists Program and casting is based on the idea of a German based OPERA ENSEMBLE, representing every voice type cast, and allowing each participant performance opportunities, as one would find in German opera houses. The summer keeps the group in one unit, while allowing expansion as individuals for the training and performances needed to advance one’s individual talent even on the main stage for the professional Festival of the Aegean.

Upcoming Events

World Premiere of ‘ELENI’

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Historic Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Producer and conductor Peter Tiboris has commissioned composer Nestor Taylor and novelist/librettist Fergus Currie to create a serious and “tragic” opera-oratorio based on the international best-seller Eleni, about a woman’s sacrifice to save her children during the Greek Civil War of 1946 to 1949.

This “tragic” opera-oratorio will premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 25, 2021, the 200th anniversary of the revolution that freed Greece from 400 years of Turkish occupation. “I was deeply moved by Nicholas Gage’s memoir that demonstrates so powerfully that Greeks have struggled and sacrificed throughout their history in defense of freedom,” said Tiboris, the grandson of Greek immigrants who settled in Wisconsin, where he grew up. “Eleni’s heroic story has always been especially poignant to me because of my Greek roots; my grandparents immigrated from the Peleponeuseus in the 1920s.”

The opera-oratorio will be based on the memoir Eleni by Nicholas Gage, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and made into a motion picture starring John Malkovich. The book was acclaimed by the New York Review of Books as “a devoted and brilliant achievement.”