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Pillar 4

Students are given actual performing experience in a professional setting, as they participate in concerts, productions and masterclasses produced by the IOA or in cooperation with one of the IOA’s professional partners.


Internationally celebrated artists are invited to conduct classes in which they freely share their knowledge and experience.

A master’s perception may not completely match the style of the programme, but the IOA considers this confrontation as an enrichment. This way, students are given a broader perspective, and get to know different opinions about singing and opera.

In previous years the IOA has hosted Masterclasses by a.o. Natalie Dessay, René Jacobs, Malcolm Martineau, Margaret Price, Kate Royal, Annelies van Parys, Roger Vignoles, Linda Watson, Alberto Zedda and Wim Henderickx.

Check the calendar for upcoming masterclasses.

Agent Day

After a thorough audition training, we invite several agents to listen to the students’ auditions. On this day, students audition on the mainstage of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen for a jury of agents and casting directors. The students receive feedback from all of them and information on the audition process. A professional recording will be made, which students can use for their portfolio.

Concerts, Opera Projects & Productions

On stage

Note: Apart from the concerts and productions listed on the calendar, students also perform in private concerts for IOA sponsors. 


Internships may take different forms: the student may actively participate in the production and sing in performances; the student may act as a cover; or the student may observe during the production process.

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