Accepting Early Applications for the Summer of 2021

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The Greek Opera Studio (GOS) in association with the International Festival of the Aegean, announces it’s Summer Program for the 2021 Season

DATES:

Summer Program TBA July, 2021

The program is based in Hermoupolis Greece which is located on the island of Syros, the capitol of the Cyclades near Mykonos. This Summer Program provides performance opportunities with both orchestra and piano merging with professional artists, as well as student performances on the Island. At the University of the Aegean, GOS students receive Private Voice Lessons, Coachings, Language, Master Classes, Dance, Movement, Stage Development, and Lectures with International Artists and teachers who have performed on some of the worlds greatest stages. Click here to learn more about Syros, Greece!

We are accepting online submissions at this time.

CASTING:

The participants will be selected to cover leading roles and sing small roles in the main stage festival opera. The Greek Opera Studio young artists will also perform a full production of Verdi’s Don Carlo and Puccini’s La Bohème, including one full cast and covers. It is also possible to feature an Apprentice conductor and an Apprentice pianist in performances with the young artists. The Greek Opera Studio singers will also be able to sing and work with Lieder specialists from Vienna and London, preparing the annual Lieder Abend. This merging of professionals and the studio, allows the GOS participants to be in direct contact with international artists and rehearsals on a daily basis. The final performance of the International Festival of the Aegean will be the GREEK OPERA STUDIO GALA, a presentation of staged scenes for all Greek Opera Studio participants featuring suited to the young artists, which has a huge interest for the Festival public. Additional performances include Oratorio Concerts, positions as soloists and covers in choir- and orchestra concerts of the International Festival of the Aegean, a Musical Theater performance and Aria concerts around the island.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

500 Euro Non-Refundable Deposit paid to MidAmerica Productions c/o Greek Opera Studio. Address: 39 Broadway, Suite 3600 (36th Floor) New York, NY 10006 by February 1st. Each month, we encourage the accepted participants to send the official deposits which would end by TBA July, 2021. This is when all payments must be paid in full. The Greek Opera Studio provides scholarships and study grants based on the assignments and financial circumstances of each individual artist. The official fee which includes hotel double occupancy, breakfast, vocal lessons, private coaching’s, master classes, acting classes, language, and performance opportunities throughout the month in Greece is based on a 3,000 Euro fee.

NOTE: All deposits made to GOS are not refundable. The Greek Opera Studio is under the umbrella of the International Festival of the Aegean produced by Midam International, the European sister company of MidAmerica Productions based in New York. All rules and regulations for all organizations are the same.

2021 Pricing Packages

Package 1 (Full Package)

Study Cost: €2000

Housing and round trip boat to Syros (arranged by GOS): €1100

Total: €3100

Package 2

Study Cost: €2000

Housing and boat transportation arranged independently by the student. Greek Opera Studio will not be made responsible.

Total: €2000

Deadline Information

  • Deposit: TBA, 2021 (final deposit day)
    This 500 Euro deposit will secure your hotel reservations and will allow casting and programming
  • First Payment: TBA, 2021
  • Second Payment: TBA, 2021
  • Flight Deadline and Third Payment: TBA, 2021
    Send a copy of your flight itinerary to the NYC office
  • Fourth & Final Payment: TBA, 2021
    Studio fee must be paid in full

Additional Info

 

  • All castings are finalized upon acceptance and first deposit
  • Flight purchase and itinerary must be sent to the New York Office by the first week of April
  • Commitment contracts will be sent to all participants in the Spring of 2021
  • The Opera studio is in direct affiliation with an international festival, which hosts and supports the young artists
  • Greek residents eligible for a subsidy pending proof of residence.
  • The Greek Opera Studio does not cover food, flights, overnight hotels, or transportation to and from the airport.  These are the sole responsibility of the student and they are not included in the cost packages listed above.

Welcome Prospective Applications

In past years, new positions have been added to the program for apprentice conductors, and pianists. Those applicants applying for such positions must prepare the application requirements, including MP4 video clips. The program details for these applicants will vary in time and positioning, pending on the Festival or studio assignments. If chosen, conductors and pianists would be cast for specific productions, as well as have direct training as assistants with the festival staff and main stage productions and directors. Conductors and pianists would be directly connected with the GOS singers in coachings and rehearsals.

The vocal participants in the Greek Opera Studio will be scheduled for daily study and rehearsals for over an entire month, on the beautiful island of Syros, Greece. They will have the opportunity to study and work with a high level international staff, in language, voice, and stage craft. Performance opportunities include, a children’s opera, covering all Festival operas or singing if cast, as well as in concert performances with orchestra. The participants perform in concerts and recitals around the island, and will be featured in scenes for the final Gala in the Apollo Theater (La Piccola Scala) which celebrated a 150 year Anniversary in 2014. The participants will be selected to cover leading roles and sing small roles in the main stage festival opera, Verdi’s Don Carlo sung in Italian. The Greek Opera Studio young artists will also perform Puccini’s La Bohème with piano, being performed in the Apollo Theater on the Festival schedule. The Greek Opera Studio singers will also be able to sing and work with Lieder specialists from Vienna and London, preparing the annual Lieder Abend. This merging of professionals and the studio, allows the GOS participants to be in direct contact with international artists and rehearsals on a daily basis. The final performance of the International Festival of the Aegean will be the GREEK OPERA STUDIO GALA, a presentation of staged scenes for all Greek Opera Studio participants featuring suited to the young artists, which has a huge interest for the Festival public. Additional perfomances include Oratorio Concerts, positions as soloists and covers in choir- and orchestra concerts of the International Festival of the Aegean, a Musical Theater performance and Aria concerts around the island.

A secondary program merged with GOS and accepting only Greek Residents (presenting a Greek passport and residency papers) is offered with varying participation throughout the summer program. The application process is the same as for the international young artists, however, conditions, housing, the number of classes, and roles, may vary. All applications for the residents are set individually, pending on the acceptance after the application process. The young artists private circumstances will be taken into consideration for such scholarship discounts. The support of Greek Artists, the Greek culture and voice, is given as a gift from a private sponsor, subsidizing a portion of the application fee. The mission is to advance international and Greek cultural exchange, for those young artists interested in the vocal art form. A small Greek Opera Studio Syros chorus, has also been created for this reason, and supported by the General Director, Eilana Lappalainen and the Friends of the Festival. These Greek residents are included in the GOS Gala.

The Greek Opera Studio will provide private coachings, private voice lessons, public Master Classes, movement/dance classes, acting training, oratorio classes, language, career placement and audition presentation. The staff will include teachers and artists who have worked in the worlds most respected music and opera venues such as Carnegie Hall, La Scala, San Francisco Opera/ballet, the Deutsche Oper, Stuttgart Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Weimar, Essen and many other German Opera houses. The selected staff works presently in the international opera business, in performing, conducting or directing, or they are free lance teachers or working in US or European universities such as in Vienna, Austria. The Greek Opera Studio participants experience a variety of options expanding and exposing the young artists to the world of opera. We are more than a studio, we include you into our world!