IOA has been developping over the past eight years and took a firm place amongst the international masterclasses from the beginning on. Starting with big success in 2012 as the first "all inclusive” Summer Academy for Opera at Villigst Mansion House near Dortmund, we have had the possibility to meet and teach lots of singers from all over the world. At the request of many young singers and by the varied experience we gained we decided to concentrate our offer even more on the issues we think an opera singer needs to ensure a long career.

That is why we reduced the course to an intense 10-day-period.
Furthermore in 2019 we moved to the north of Germany to collaborate with Theater Bremerhaven.

We always desired to make things possible. We want to support every young talented singer. So we offer for 2020 a number of partial scholarships. Members of GVL will be reimbursed 50% of the course fee. Some countries in Germany offer a 500,00€ "Bildungsscheck".

We do not have an age limit as there are professional singers who like to participate, too. Need help with a "Fachwechsel"? That's the place to go!

IOA has prepared everything for you: please click through the menus and do not hesitate to contact the IOA if you have any specific program requests or questions.


You do not know IOA yet and are interested?

Please contact us: info@opera-academy.de

Read the NEWS of the Academy or have a look at our program of the year 2019 under GUEST INFORMATION (only available in german). This will give you an idea of what to expect from IOA 2020!

And please visit us on facebook!


Konzertgesellschaft Schwerte

Our longlasting cooperation with the "Konzertgesellschaft Schwerte" and the "Oratorienchor Kamen" will not come to an end now! Future participants of IOA can still be chosen for a paid concert engagement with orchestra (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the orchestra of Theater Gelsenkirchen) in the following year! Thank you Konzertgesellschaft and Oratorienchor for giving this opportunity to our singers!

Review of the IOA 2019

Special guests this year:


Marc Niemann                                        
(GMD Stadttheater Bremerhaven)                                                                                               


Anette Leistenschneider (Opera Director Theater Nordhausen)


Jolanta Nicolai (All you need Personal Management)


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Aktuelles / Latest News

Find more "Alumni feedback" (survey details): www.auditionsplus.com 

Yamina Maamar is now Assisstant Professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Alumni News:

Judith Caspari first cast "Anya" in new production "Anastasia", Stuttgart, "Maria" in "West Side Story", Staatstheater Kassel

Soprano Hiltrud Kuhlmann won the second price at the "Internationaler Robert Schumann Wettbewerb"

Tenor Linard Vrielink now member of the International Opera Studio Staatsoper Berlin, "Almaviva" (Barbiere di Siviglia), Bregenz

Bariton Samuli Taskinen now member of the International Opera Studio Komische Oper Berlin

Bariton Aarne Pelkonen member of the ensemble at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater

Soprano Aurora Marthens selected for Semi-Final at Glyndbourne Opera Cup Competition

Mezzosoprano Marie-Sande Papenmeyer guesting at Staatsoper Hannover

Pihla Terttunen member of Theater Rostock

Niva Eshed "Christine" in "Phantom of the opera"




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