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 are no scholarships for 2018.
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.
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 will have the opportunity to perform both in opera and in symphonic/chamber concerts.
- Assistant conductors and stage directors have the opportunity to collaborate with conductors and directors that have worked with major opera companies.
Work in a collaborative way with your mentor and develop a greater understanding of both artistic and practical aspects of your art.
Singers Your daily schedule at MOSF will be intense. You will work with your voice instructor, coaching staff, dramatic coach, with orchestra, etc. 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.
Orchestra musicians will work daily in preparation of both opera and symphonic repertoire.
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 on of our closed door shows.
Assistant Directors and Stage Managers will work in collaboration with our directors in producing our shows.
Projected Schedule is as follows:
Italian (1 hour Monday through Friday)
Coaching (2 – 30 minute sessions – M-F),
Staging daily M-F first two weeks,
Daily Voice Lessons with assigned instructor.
Orchestra starts rehearsals June 25th (daily M-F) and will prepare all material intensely over the first 2 weeks.
Saturdays and Sundays are off except when performing.
2018 Festival Schedule includes:
- La Boheme 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 for participation as a lead singer in productions. No singer will be allowed to perform if MOSF deems the role too difficult for the singer. ALL PARTICIPATION AS LEAD ROLE SINGERS IS ENTIRELY AT THE DISCRETION OF MOSF.
There will be absolutely no refunds whatsoever under any circumstances for tuition. Costs are largely negotiated and paid for (non refundable) ahead of time in order to secure affordability. Please divide the cost of tuition for 42 days of participation to get an idea of how much value you receive daily.
(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*, vocal studies and coaching, masterclasses with guests, Italian class 5 days per week, all performances, transportation to MOS events, programmed tourism].
(Plan B Vocalists) $5,100[does not include housing or meals, includes all other – if you eat at our facility you must pay 10 euro per meal]
(Auditing Only) $3,500 [Includes all of plan A except studies. These participants will audit all MOS events.]
Assistant Conductors: $3,500 (Includes benefits of Plan A)
Stage Managers/Assistant Directors: $3,500 (Includes benefits of Plan A)
Orchestra musicians: orchestra musicians will only pay for their room and board a total of $1,000.
All participants are responsible for their own airfare to Catania.
First segment of tuition is the non refundable housing deposit of $1,000 to be paid within 5 days of acceptance of your application.
$2,500 will be due by February 1st. If you enroll after February 1st, then this portion will be due with housing deposit (total $3,500) within 5 days of acceptance of your application.
Balance of tuition will be due by April 1, 2018. Anyone enrolling after April 1st will be required to pay full tuition upon acceptance into program.
(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.