Who is behind the IOA?

The founders of IOA are Yamina Maamar (Soprano) and Norbert Schmittberg (Tenor), who have both been active in national and international opera for the last twenty years. They have performed in major venues throughout Germany including the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover, the Oper Leipzig, the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Wiesbaden, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Darmstadt, Braunschweig and Kassel, as well as the opera houses in Essen, Dortmund, Erfurt, Weimar, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, etc. Furthermore, they have given concerts in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Herkules Saal in Munich.

They have also performed internationally with the Wiener Staatsoper, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Teatro Liceu Barcelona, the Seoul Arts Center, the Lincoln Center New York, with the Edinburgh International Festival and in many other theaters and concert halls throughout the world. Collaborations with conductors such as Franz Welser Möst, Donald Runnicles, Philippe Augin, Sebastian Weigle, Herbert Blomstedt, Hans Wallat, Stefan Soltesz etc. have influenced their artistic development immensely. They have also worked with stage directors such as Willy Decker, John Dew, Sven Eric Bechtholf and Philipe Arlaud, to name but a few.

Yamina Maamar is Ass. Professor at the University for Music in Hannover. Norbert Schmittberg is Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven.

Yamina Maamar and Norbert Schmittberg have used their excellent contacts in opera to establish IOA and were able to attract such renowned coaches and teachers of singing as  Prof. Elisabeth Werres of the University of the Arts Berlin, Francis Corke (Aalto Theater Essen, e.g. Masterclasses with Edda Moser and Renato Bruson), Philipp Kochheim (Stage Director, Intendant Danish National Opera Aarhus), Anette Leistenschneider (Stage Director, Opera Director Theater Nordhausen), Marc Niemann (GMD Theater Bremerhaven), Thomas Weiler (Weiler Artists Management Berlin), Jolanta Nicolai (All You Need Management Karlsruhe), Herburg Terveer (Casting Director Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen) and many more.

Our IOA Instructors 2017 at a glance:

Prof. Elisabeth Werres (University of the Arts Berlin) - Voice lessons

Ass. Prof. Yamina Maamar (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) - Voice lessons, Artistic Dir., Method Breathing

Norbert Schmittberg - Coaching, Artistic Dir.

Francis Corke (Aalto Theater Essen) - Head Coach

Christoph Greven - Solorepetition

Anette Leistenschneider - (Opera Director Theater Nordhausen) Masterclass Acting

Thomas Weiler (Weiler Artists Berlin) - Masterclass Audition Training 1

Jolanta Nicolai (Agency All You Need, Karlsruhe) - Masterclass Audition Training 2

Marc Niemann (GMD Theater Bremerhaven) - Masterclass 

Dr. Robin Banerjee - ENT, lecture about the voice

Christiane Kohlbusch - Yoga

Barbara Stangier - Mental Training, Relaxation

Language Coaching german/french/italian/english/czech at any time on demand.