For 20 years now, the International Opera Academy (IOA) in Ghent offers a specialised 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. The IOA offers an up-to-date curriculum, responding to the changing reality of opera/music theatre; engaged teachers and artists with direct ties to the professional world; possibilities to participate in concerts and events with our professional partners; minimum one fully staged original opera production with orchestra created by the IOA and its students; opportunities to participate in masterclasses, to audition for agents; and a study location in Ghent: a cultural hotspot in the center of Europe!
Students, eligible to register for the selection process, must not be older than 32 and must have completed a programme in classical singing (Bachelor or Master), OR have equivalent experience – upon the start of the next IOA academic cycle.
Since we want all international students to be able to study at our Academy, we offer two different auditioning procedures. Students from Europa are invited for a real-life audition. Please apply via this link: https://ioacademy.be/apply-european/. Students from outer Europa (including Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria [due to the COVID-19 measures]) will be granted the chance to send in a video recording. Please apply viathis link: https://ioacademy.be/apply-non-european/. Check the audition procedure, choose ‘singer’ or ‘pianist’ and fill out the application form before 5 February 2021.