DATE: Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival Summer Program will be held from June 25 through August 5, 2018 (Arrival Catania Fontanarossa Airport June 24th, and departure August 6th).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Our application deadline is March 1st 2018. While deadlines may be flexible, the availability of roles will diminish with time.
SCHOLARSHIPS: There is currently only 1 fully funded scholarship for 2018. It is the generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Looper honoring the work of Dr. Russell Young. You must apply on this site under “Scholarship” and the winner will be determined by the donor and announced in May.
AUDITIONS: If you are applying for a principal role in one of our opera productions, YOU MUST send a video of you singing the aria from your selected role. However, even if accepted for the role, you must send by June 1 a video of the entire role OFF BOOK to email@example.com. Failure to do so will automatically disqualify you from singing the role. The video is simply proof that you are off book.
Opera singers, orchestra musicians, conductors, stage directors and managers – all have the chance to collaborate in bringing to life the MOS Festival in Eastern Sicily. MOSF is first and foremost a training program. Our training program has the goal of preparing artists for Opera, and not solely giving performance opportunities. Performing is part of our training, but not the essential ingredient.
Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival’s program gives training opportunities to:
- Opera singers seeking to perfect their vocal and artistic abilities and wishing to perform in opera roles
- Opera singers seeking technical and artistic development, but not interested in performing in the opera festival
- Orchestra musicians seeking the opportunity to expand their experience and understanding of opera and the differences between opera orchestras and non.
- Assistant conductors and stage directors have the opportunity to collaborate with conductors and directors that have worked with major opera companies to bring to life our productions and play an active role in their realization.
Work in a collaborative way with your mentor and develop a greater understanding of both artistic and practical aspects of your art.
Your daily schedule at MOSF will be intense. You will choose a voice instructor for the duration of the program. You will have opportunities to study with the other voice instructors as well.
During the first week there will be masterclasses with all the voice faculty present, conducted by all three together, to both explain technique and also to give you an understanding of how they approach teaching. This will be a mixture of lecture and hands on singing. You will also have individual lessons in the afternoon every other day.
Starting with the second week you will dive into individual lessons daily with your instructor for the duration of the program. Your voice instructor and coaches will help you master technical and musical aspects of the roles you will be singing, or of concert/audition pieces you would like to prepare. You can apply to MOSF with the intention of not participating in operas as lead singers, but rather perfecting your audition repertoire, or simply working on your technique. We will tailor the program to your particular goals to the best of our abilities. All singers will participate in chorus on nights when they are not singing lead roles. You must come prepared to sing off book the chorus parts assigned to you. You will find this builds team spirit, and is an entertaining part of the program.
Orchestra musicians will work daily in preparation of both opera and symphonic repertoire. Your work will be intense during the first two weeks as you prepare the operas with your conductors. From week 3 through 6, you will only be performing as all rehearsal time will be kept to the first two weeks. We will have guests instructors and group activities meant to enhance your exposure to opera and the peculiarities of working with singers.
Assistant Conductors will help Maestri in preparation for Opera and Symphonic repertoire. They will be involved in staging rehearsals and live the intense process of preparing an opera in all its phases. They will also have coaching sessions with our conductors to help them hone their skills. At the discretion of our conductors, based on their preparation and skill, they may have the opportunity to put in practice what they learn by conducting one of our shows.
Assistant Director: we desire to expand training opportunities for talents interested in directing by extending the opportunity to an emerging director to direct our production of Madama Butterfly. Interested aspiring directors should apply.
2018 Festival Schedule includes:
- Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
- L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti
- Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart
- Opera concerts featuring selections from operas
- Symphonic and chamber music for orchestra
Singers will receive assignments to roles in their welcome letter. Failure to arrive off book will automatically disqualify you from participation as a lead singer in productions. In any professional setting, showing up without knowing your part is grounds for immediate termination from your contract. We seek to impress on the minds of our singers essential work ethic.
ALL PARTICIPATION AS LEAD ROLE SINGERS IS ENTIRELY AT THE DISCRETION OF MOSF. You are selected to sing a role, but if you are sick or the role seems at the time to be jeopardizing your long term vocal health, we will not allow you to go on stage and risk the integrity of your vocal instrument.
(Plan A Vocalists) $5,900 [includes breakfast and lunch at our facility every day, housing (single occupancy room), laundry service, transportation to and from airport*, all training, all performances, transportation to MOSF events, programmed tourism].
(Plan B Vocalists) $5,400[does not include housing or laundry, but includes all other – breakfast and lunch are provided]
(Auditing Only) $3,500 [Includes all of plan A except studies. These participants will audit all MOSF events.]
Assistant Conductors: $3,500 (Includes benefits of Plan A)
Stage Managers/Assistant Directors: $3,500 (Includes benefits of Plan A)
Orchestra musicians: UPDATE, thanks to a generous grant, orchestra musicians will only pay a housing fee for their room and board – a total of $300.
All participants are responsible for their own airfare to Catania.
We have a Tuition Payment Portal available here. We suggest payment by check or bank transfer to avoid fees for PayPal usage. If using credit card, use Tuition Payment Portal.
Failure to follow timetable of tuition payment will result in your exclusion from program.
Tuition is non-refundable under any circumstances.
* In order to be eligible for airport transportation, you must arrive within a specific window on check in day as follows:
- Arrival Catania Fontanarossa Airport June 24th, pickup at 3:00pm and 7:00 pm
- Departure Fontanarossa August 6th.