International Opera Studio

The International Opera Studio (IOS) has already been in existence since 1961. It was founded under the patronage of the Friends of Zurich Opera, and since then has become one of the most important training centres for budding opera singers. Every year, young singers from all over the world are given are given the opportunity to earn their first professional stripes under competent direction. The IOS is thus an important transitional phase for singers between completing their training and entering the professional world. Besides training in vocal technique and dramatic structure as well as master classes with acclaimed singers, important directors and conductors, students have the opportunity to sing minor and even substantial roles on the main stage.

Supported by patrons and the friends of Zurich Opera

Directorship Andreas Homoki, Sophie de Lint
Management Brenda Hurley
Deputy Manager Thomas Barthel
Lecturers and Teachers Renata Blum, Enrico Maria Cacciari, Andrea Del Bianco, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hedwig Fassbender, Andreas Homoki, Rosemary Joshua, Adrian Kelly, Yulia Levin, Fabio Luisi, Pia Lux, Carrie-Ann Matheson, Jetske Mijnssen, Eytan Pessen, Craig Rutenberg, Kelly Thomas, Dmitry Vdovin, Edith Wiens
Assistant of the Management Renata Blum

Opernhaus Zurich AG
International Opera Studio
Renata Blum
Falkenstrasse 1
CH-8OO8 Zurich
T: +41 44 268 66 01

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The members of the International Opera Studio 2017/18

Welcome to Zurich – The ensemble of 2017/18

The 18 young singers and accompanists of the International Opera Studio travel to Zurich from all over the world. This year, 14 nations are united. Zurich will be their home for the next one to two years and the opera house their workplace. Many of the newcomers arrived in August and are still processing their first impressions. "This green city and the location of the Opera House right by the lake is fantastic," raves Alexander Kiechle, while Omer Kobiljak is pleased about the warm welcome into his future team: "The atmosphere at the IOS is fantastic, the interaction with each other is warm and accommodating." And Gemma Ni Bhriain, who has already completed her second year at the IOS, remembers her arrival at the opera house: "It was breathtaking to stand in front of this hall for the first time on stage. And yet it has a size that makes you feel good right away. It's just a privilege to stand on stage in a world-famous opera house! »

They are all full of anticipation and zest for action, whether being a singer or an accompanist. "I want to perform as much as I can and study this year to be ready for the professional world of opera singers," says Jonathan Abernethy euphorically. "I want to improve myself, accompany and lead rehearsals on the piano, give voice coaching and maybe even conduct," says Hélio Vida. Acquiring a place in a renowned opera studio is not an easy game. Countless auditions and immense competition are hurdles that the aspiring singers had to overcome. "The house and the IOS in Zurich have a very good reputation. It's great to be able to learn from exceptional colleagues and a professional team », says Karina Demurova. The young talents will have many opportunities to prove their skills, for example in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, which will premiere on the 5th of May 2018 in Winterthur. "I'm especially looking forward to the role of Sandrina," says Alina Adamski, who will sing in this production. But the young talents are also to be seen in smaller and larger roles in productions on the main stage. "A highlight for me is my role as Harry in La fanciulla del West under Marco Armiliato," says Thobela Ntshanyana. Furthermore, members of the IOS attend master classes, where they receive valuable tips from respected singers as well as conductors and directors. "My goal this year is to work on myself, to challenge myself and develop my voice as well as acting," explains Natalia Tanasii. Incidentally, as friends of the Zurich Opera, you have the opportunity to experience the young talents and their careers in Zurich: Both the concert following our annual general meeting and the IOS gala concert at the end of the season offer this opportunity. We wish the young singers a successful year and toi, toi, toi for their performances.

Concerts International Opera Studio 2017/18

Besides concerts at the Opera House Zurich there are other concerts of the International Opera Studio:

05 May 2018, 7.30pm Premiere «La finta giardiniera» Theatre Winterthur
Further performances: 8./13./16./18. May 2018

09 Jul 2018, 7pm Galaconcert of the International Opera Studio