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The International Opera Academy (IOA) was founded almost twenty years ago. Since then, 160 students from 35 different countries graduated from the programme. These last few years, the programme has been thoroughly restructured – which has resulted in output of visibly higher quality. 

The high quality of our educational programme is made possible through our many professional partners, who offer our students vitally important experiences in productions at an international level.  

The patronage of our sponsors, however, remains indispensable. Their engagement allows students to focus more fully on their respective study trajectories. As the IOA’s outreach grows, its reputation also attracts students from countries with more precarious economic situations. To these students, extra financial help is most welcome. 

Students can be supportedthrough an annual scholarship or by helping them to finance living expenses during their studies in Ghent. Further, our programme can be sponsored by financing Masterclasses, or supporting concerts and productions.
Other patronage formulas are open to negotiation. Funding is renewed upon agreement from the sponsor or patron. 

If you are interested to join our group of sponsors and contribute to our students’ future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Thank you! 

For more information, please contact Jo Lambelin
(+32)9 233 24 30 

Spontaneous gifts can be directed to:  

International Opera Academy
BNP Paribas Fortis
IBAN BE05 0013 6009 3075


Current Sponsors 

For the year 2019-2020, the International Opera Academy is grateful to receive financial support from: 

Oncogeb SPRL (Prof. Martine Piccart), StichtingInspiratum (Axel Vervoordt, president), Mrs Dora Janssen, Mr & Mrs Hans Schwab, Mrs Simonne Timmermans,   

and various anonymous sponsors. 

Current Sponsors

Patrons of the IOA*

Stichting INSPIRATUM – Mr Axel Vervoordt, president

Patrons of the IOA

Lady Baroness Dora Janssen
Mrs Mathy Kandiyoti
Stichting ROBUS
Mrs Natalie Dessay
Lady Barones Martine Piccart
Mr & Mrs Hans Schwab
Lord Aldo Vastapane

Friends of the IOA

Count Paul Buysse
Mr. Cardon de Lichtbuer
Mr & Mrs Frédéric Jourdain
Mrs Tilda Rousso-Kandiyoti
Dr Isabelle Salmon (Hôpital Erasme – anatomie pathologique)

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