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The IOA Programme: an introduction

The IOA programme for singers and repetiteurs covers two years of full-time, intensive technical study and performing experience. The programme is designed to prepare students for future professional careers: opera singers and repetiteurs are expected to master various disciplines (vocal, scenic and physical qualities). Each of these disciplines is intensively trained during the programme.

Programme Structure

Both years of the programme consist of four main pillars:

(1) interpretation and technique
(2) movement and acting
(3) opera theory
(4) practice (performing experience)

Each pillar contains several specific courses (regular lessons, workshops or sessions).

In the first year, musical interpretation and technique are central. At the same time, students will also gain concert and opera performance experience. Students are given time and space to develop their talent and potential.
In the second year, the more intensive practice of productions, concerts and (potential) internships in international opera houses ensures that students gain experience as performing artists. In the IOA’s fully-staged opera production with orchestra, each student is given a significant role.

All students follow the same curriculum. During the second year, however, the curriculum of each student may be slightly adapted according to the student’s specific needs and potential.
In both years, students participate in several masterclasses.


The IOA is certified as a holder of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, the EU’s programme for educational exchange.


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