Opera singers and repetitors are expected to master various disciplines (vocal, scenic and physical qualities). Each of these is trained during the ambitious educative programme at the IOA, through combination of technical study and performing experience.
During the first year, all students follow the same curriculum, centred on musical interpretation and technique, while still allowing students to gain initial concert and performance experience. Students are given time and space to develop their talent and potential.
In the second year, the practice of productions, concerts and potential internships in international opera houses ensures that students gain experience as performing artists. The climax is the IOA’s fully-staged opera with orchestra in which each student is given a significant role in. During this second year, the curriculum of each student is structured individually, according to the student’s specific needs and potential.
In both years, students participate in several masterclasses.