Who is behind the IOA?

The founders of IOA are Prof. 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 Professor for singing at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. Norbert Schmittberg is Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven.

Prof. 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 2019 at a glance:

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

Prof. Yamina Maamar (Hochschule f. Musik Dresden) - Voice lessons, Artistic Dir., Method Breathin, Lecture e.g. Contract law at german theaters

Norbert Schmittberg - Coaching, Artistic Dir., Lecture e.g. Contract law at german theaters

Jorrit van den Ham (Solorepetiteur Theater Bremerhaven) - Head Coach

Mario Orlando El Fakih Hernandez (Chorus Director Theater Bremerhaven) - Solorepetition

Anette Leistenschneider - (Opera Director Theater Nordhausen) Masterclass Acting

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

Marc Niemann (GMD Theater Bremerhaven) - Masterclass Interpretation and Presentation

Christiane Kohlbusch - Yoga

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

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