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The International Opera Academy (IOA) offers a specialised two-year fulltime programme to singers and pianists from all over the world, to prepare them for future professional careers as opera singers or repetiteurs.

The IOA cooperates with a variety of partners: opera houses, music theatres, concert halls and orchestras.

Studying at the IOA

The programme covers two academic years, which run from the beginning of October until the end of June.

The IOA educational programme is structured around four subject pillars, each covering a set of courses: (1) Interpretation and Technique; (2) Acting and Movement; (3) Opera Theory; and (4) Practice.

  • During the programme, the IOA organises also several projects and productions, accompanied on piano or with orchestra.
  • During the second academic year, all students participate in minimum one fully-staged opera production with orchestra. Further, students can obtain internships with one of the IOA’s professional partners. Finally, students participate in several masterclasses every year.


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To select its talented students, the IOA conducts an international process of audition every other year. The next round of auditions takes place in 2020-2021.


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Students of the IOA

Meet the current students and alumni of the IOA



Why IOA?

Study at the IOA, because…

… you start as a student, and graduate as a professional
… the IOA provides intensive individual training
… the IOA provides you with unique opportunities, aimed to help your future career
… Ghent is a cultural hotspot



Who's Who

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