Auditions for the 2017/18 season are closed. For the 2018/19 season sopranos, tenors and basses are invited to apply starting in autumn 2017.

Training Objectives

The two main objectives of the two-year Opera Studio membership, both equally important, are:

Reviewing Progress And Success

Membership of the Opera Studio should not be regarded as an extension of college/university training. For this reason it is not possible to conduct any sort of progress or success review in the form of an examination or similar. Instead, Studio members are provided with continuous, personal specialist advice as well as group and individual supervision. During the supervision sessions, the experiences of the Studio members, which can sometimes be quite contradictory, are discussed and dealt with.

The Opera Studio advice and supervision programme works like this: The Studio management and the choral coaches, who are in continuous contact with the management of the Opera Studio, together work out a specific study/rehearsal plan for each individual. This plan is regularly checked and adjusted to the progress the individual is making.

Regular supervisory meetings are held, alternating between group supervision meetings and one-to-one meetings with the Opera Studio Management.

Scholarship and honorarium

The members of the Opera Studio receive a monthly grant plus an all-inclusive fee for participating in Hamburg State Opera performances.

Training Contents

International Opera Studio Productions

Every season the members of the International Opera Studio develope an own opera production. Since 2006 the IOS brings alternately baroque operas and contemporary works on the stage of the opera stabile. Productions as "La Calisto", "Death Knocks/A Gentle Spirit/Savitri", "Les Indes galantes", the double evening "Wir sind daheim" by Moritz Eggert and "Die Komödie auf der Brücke" by Bohuslav Martinu as well as Johann Matthesons "Die unglückselige Cleopatra, Königin von Egypten oder Die betrogene Staats-Liebe" became great successes. From 6th of July, 2016 the International Opera Studio Georg Philipp Telemann's work "Orpheus".

Terms Of Admission and Application

Please send your applications via mail  (CV including date of birth, list of repertoire, picture and audio recording or a link) to opernstudio@staatsoper-hamburg.de.

The age limit is 30 years for women and 32 years for men, the relevant date being the beginning of the Opera Studio season on September 1.

Information and contact:

Staatsoper Hamburg
Bettina Kok
Große Theaterstraße 25
20354 Hamburg
Phone: 040-35 68 389