Today's working opera singer needs to be much more than just a beautiful voice. At MTB you'll develop and refine your voice, movement, acting and overall performance skills, as well as your audition skills. You will have the opportunity to perform scenes in German, and to study and practice German conversation and diction.
VOICE - eight 45-minute private lessons
COACHING - two private coaching sessions per week plus scenes coaching
ACTING - workshops and scene study
DANCE AND MOVEMENT - incorporating elements of ballet, ballroom, theatre dance and yoga
MASTER CLASSES - by guest faculty as well as resident teachers, scheduled every week
GERMAN - daily classes, including conversational German instruction focused on vocabulary for traveling, everyday life and singing/performing/rehearsing; expert German Lyric Diction instruction
WORKSHOPS - may include topics such as: Aria Presentation, The Fach System, Audition Preparation, IPA for German Diction, Auditioning in Germany, Singing Recitative, Methods for Learning and Preparing Your Music, Career-building Tips, Movement Techniques
PERFORMANCE - perform scenes and arias in 3 public concerts
Opera students prepare and are coached on German repertoire at MTB: all opera and operetta scene assignments are in German. (You are permitted to bring repertoire in other languages to your private coaching or voice lessons, if desired.) We carefully consider scene casting to be sure the assignments are appropriate for each singer, and we help you expand and work to perfect your audition repertoire with the guidance of our expert faculty.
MTB's summer opera training program also provides you with information about auditioning and working in Germany. A month at MTB can be an excellent way for advanced young artists to make connections and prepare for an audition tour in the German-speaking countries.
(Opera students may also attend workshops of the Musical Theater Studio, if they do not conflict with scheduled Opera Studio activities.)
International students are welcome to apply.