Camerata Bardi International Academy's initiatives create a space where young artists can get a fully integrated experience of what it means to be on a professional stage in a fast-moving environment that can be intimidating to a young singer. This boutique program was designed for young singers who have completed their studies and are looking for opportunities to step into their professional lives.
The program is separated into two different stages:
Stage One - Lyric Laboratory
The program of Camerata Bardi International Academy is built around the study of operas, each their own curriculum and faculty. Our International Faculty consists of elite industry professionals and world-renowned opera singers, to educate, discover, and promote young singers. Our selected participants will be working on all aspects of rules of operatic diction, dramatic interpretation, as well as style and repertoire. Additionally, our Industry Development Seminars will focus on valuable career insights such as self-marketing, selecting the right social media practices, networking, branding, self-filming,financial planning (yes! it is important!) and overall professional presentation in the new, digitally driven, fast paced world.
Please visit our FACULTY PAGE to find out more about our coaches and lecturers!
Stage Two - Performance
Young Artists will prepare to perform a fully-staged production. In the 10-15 days leading up to performances, Artists will take part in staging and musical rehearsals led by stage directors and conductors with recognized expertise and experience in the operatic world. The culmination of stage two will be performances in theaters and festivals in Europe and the US.
Almost all participants will get paid performance opportunities in 2023-24 Teatro Grattacielo and Harrison Friends of the Opera concerts and productions. Between 2021 and 2022 our partners have handed out a total of 26 contracts, and 2 participants received offers for fest contracts in Europe. It is our way to keep promoting you, giving you valuable performing experience and allowing you to get some of your tuition back by working with our dynamic partners.
For the 2023 season, some of our Young Artists have already been hired for a co-production of Don Giovanni with Light Opera of New Jersey. Dates: February 24th and 26th 2023.
CONDUCTOR: Myron Michailidis, conductor, General Music Director Erfurt Opera
DIRECTOR: Stefanos Koroneos, director, Artistic Director Teatro Grattacielo
SET DESIGNER: Elda Kladaki
COSTUMES DESIGNER: Tasos Protopsaltou
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Emorfili Tsimplidou
ORCHESTRA: Athens Philharmonia, orchestra
W.A.Mozart | Don Giovanni
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
Rehearsals and Performances will be in New York City
Co-production of Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Teatro Grattacielo
CARMEN AND DON GIOVANNI
Our focus is developing you as a singing actor, giving you comfort and space to grow on stage, while fast-tracking your language, stage and marketing skills.
During the one (1) month of online training, each participant will be working with a voice teacher of his/her choice (not necessarily from the list on our website-if you have a preference, we will work to accommodate it) an opera star mentor, a marketing consultant, an opera agent, a social media expert, an Italian diction coach, and a film-maker. For the whole duration of the course lessons will be one-on-one or in masterclass format, online. In-person classes will be scheduled towards the end of the Laboratory, conditions-permitting.
This program does not focus on developing vocal technique from the ground-up. We accept Young Artists who, we feel, already have a strong vocal foundation and are in need of some fine tuning.
The culmination of this program will be fully staged performances of CARMEN and DON GIOVANNI listed on our 2023-24 Season. We are forming 2 complete casts and a cover cast (who will perform in a later date in the US) for Carmen and two full casts for Don Giovanni.
In Carmen, smaller roles, such as Frasquita, Remendado, etc, will be covering the principal roles.
The Artistic Direction of Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Teatro Grattacielo reserves the right to decide first and second cast assignments.
Available Roles for Young Artists
The Program is open to young, upcoming opera singers who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the specific opera roles offered in our 2023-24 Season, and who are ready to perform these roles on stage. We will be accepting no more than 3 participants for each role. Our mission is to pay particular attention to each and every participant and to ensure that by the end of this program, not only have they had an important debut, but are also ready to be a part of the professional, fast-paced world of opera.
Carmen, Don José, Escamillo, Michaela | $3,100
Frasquita, Mercedes, Le Dancaire, Le Remendado, Zuniga, Morales | $2,600 *
*These roles will also prepare covers of principal roles.
All principal roles | $3,100
Our tuition includes:
>All one-on-one voice lessons and coachings.
>Targeted role mentoring program
>All Industry Development Seminars which will focus on valuable career insights such as Self-Marketing, selecting the right social media practices, networking , self-filming, branding, and overall professional presentation.
>Italian and French Diction coachings
>Accommodations in double occupancy (Hotel or Airbnb, TBD)
TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARES. >Registration Fee| There is no registration fee. >Payment schedule | Tuition payments are divided in two equal parts. The first payment the first day of your admission and the second payment at the first day of the program. >Refund policies and disclaimers | Camerata Bardi International Academy commits to contracts to secure faculty, production stage director, creative crew and housing for our participants. Therefore, once paid, tuition and fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions to this policy. Performances have already been booked with our partner-companies and plans are being laid out for full staged performances. >Contracts | This is a small boutique program. All our participants will be offered performances and contracts. > Force Majeure | Camerata Bardi International Academy shall have no liability whatsoever to the Artist if the Performance cannot go forward because of circumstances beyond the Producer’s reasonable control including, without limitation, acts of God, pandemic, terrorist acts, shortage of supply, breakdowns or malfunctions, blackouts, labor difficulties, war or civil unrest. However, Camerata Bardi International Academy will reschedule such performances.
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REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO:
>Video must not be older than 1 year
>We do not accept Dropbox submissions
The Artistic Direction reserves the right to invite candidates to a Live or via Zoom audition. THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE
In 2021, Camerata Bardi started with a co-production of W.A.MOZART Idomeneo with Cultural and Conference Center in Crete (GR). What started as 2 full performances of the opera developed into 7 performances of Idomeneo Alla Breve, a 60-minute version of the opera, 3 full performances of the opera in November 2021, 2 performances of Idomeneo in 60 minutes at the Rhodes International Festival in Rhodes (GR) and a Concert Gala dedicated to Maria Callas at the Rhodes International Festival.
Our second project, Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz saw one performance at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on August 27, conducted by Felipe Tristan and directed by Malena Dayen and Stefanos Koroneos. From that, our young artists participated in secondary roles and covered principal roles in Teatro Grattacielo's main L'Amico production on November 14th, 2020 at theEllen Stewart Theatre (known as La MaMa) in NYC, conducted by James Bagwell and directed by Malena Dayen and Stefanos Koroneos and sang at Teatro Grattacielo's 2021 Anual Gala featuring soprano Karen Slack.
Through the advocacy and dedication of our Artistic Direction and staff, we have secured the opportunity to sing for major casting directors and agents around the globe for several of our Young Artists. We are happy to report that some of our Young Artists have signed with agents or have received contracts for future productions in several European Theaters and with Teatro Grattacielo in New York City.
CONDUCTOR: Christian Capocaccia, Artistic Director Syracuse Opera
DIRECTOR: Stefanos Koroneos
SET AND CONSTUME DESIGNER: Tasos Protopsaltou
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Lance Lewis
Previous Seasons and Program History
More information about the season and past shows is available on our Season page!
Listen to Previous Young Artists
TEATRO GRATTACIELO 2021 ANNUAL GALA
Artists: Karen Slack, soprano Featured Guest Artist Clara Lisle*, soprano Clara Luz Iranzo*, soprano Kinneret Ely*, soprano Kiena Williams*, soprano Eugenia Forteza*, mezzo soprano Diego Valdez*, tenor Pedro Sequera*, tenor Donghyuk Chung*, tenor Hyunsoon Kim*, baritone Israel Gursky, piano
Spyros Samaras, Mademoiselle de Belle | “Dieu faites” | CLARA LISLE
Pietro Mascagni, Iris | “Apri la tua finestra” | DIEGO VALDEZ
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco | “La Eremita di San Simon” | CLARA LUZ IRANZO
Ildebrando Pizzetti | “Quel Rosignuol che si soave piagne” | PEDRO SEQUERA
Ildebrando Pizzetti | "Il mio pensier in parte ov’era” | KINNERET ELY
Pietro Mascagni, Lodoletta | “Flammen pieta” | KAREN SLACK
Ruggero Leoncavallo, Zaza | "Zaza piccola zingara” | HYUNSOON KIM
Franco Alfano, Risurrezione | “Dio pietoso” | SARAH ROSE JOHNSON
Pietro Mascagni, L’Amico Fritz | "Oh pallida” | EUGENIA FORTEZA
Riccardo Zandonai, Francesca da Rimini | "Paolo, datemi pace” | KIENA WILLIAMS
Riccardo Zandonai, Giulietta e Romeo | “Giulietta son io” | DONGHYUK CHUNG
Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chenier | “La mamma morta” | KAREN SLACK
Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy 2020 production | George Frideric Handel, Messiah |Filmed entirely during pandemic-related lockdown
Working hand in hand with Teatro Grattacielo has definitely marked a before and after in my performance practice and life; It has been that bridge between being a student and being a professional. I have been given multiple opportunities to grow in a safe, nurturing environment and I'm very fortunate to have mentors in the company that push and challenge me to become the artist they know I have the potential to be.
CLARA LUZ IRANZO, SOPRANO
It has been definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life!
I had the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from beautiful people and of course I had the absolute pleasure to present Arbace on stage.
I keep these great memories in my heart.
MARIOS MANIATOPOULOS, TENOR
While the world shut down due the pandemic, Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy found a way to keep its masterclasses, programming, rehearsals and mentorship alive. The program provided me with structure that kept me focused on my vocal development, gave me access to experts in the opera field and culminated in a professional level performance in Crete that was fully-staged with orchestra under the baton of an influential and world-renowned conductor. The experience served as an incredible spring board for next steps in my career and I am truly grateful to have been a part of the program.
KIRSTEN SCOTT, MEZZO SOPRANO
I had such an amazing experience on Idomeneo that it was hard to think what else is going to live up to that. Seeing people come out from all over, sing beautifully, most importantly sharing their art with the rest was amazing. Stefanos Koroneos is one of a kind.
EVA MARCO, SOPRANO
My time with Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy exceeded all my expectations - from the quality of the classes to the quality of our final show which was a fully professional production despite the price of this programme being one of the lowests I have come across. Everyone has been supportive but also honest and realistic with their advice to me which I appreciate a lot.
KRISTEL KNUDSEN, SOPRANO
Being a young artist at Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Teatro Grattacielo has been a real honor, because Mr. Stefanos Koroneos and his team always work at their very best to provide amazing opportunities to their singers. Being a part of their professional production of Idomeneo will definitely be one of the most unforgettable experiences in my career.
ZARA WING-KWAN CHUNG, SOPRANO
"Thanks to my time under the continued mentorship of the professional singers, conductors and artistic director of the Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy, I am a stronger, more polished and confident singing actress. I deeply appreciate the respectful, [Covid] safe and supportive atmosphere in which all the classes and rehearsals are conducted. Our live performances proceeded successfully and safely and I was able to learn a lot (including a gorgeous role) in a very short time. I call that a huge success!!!"
STEPHANIE LORENZ, SOPRANO
This program gave a lot of things to me, but I can tell you which one is best because I had good experience on stage from this program.
We can’t buy this experience, being on stage.
I think it can’t be bought with money and if singers need experience, Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy will give it you!
HYUNSOON KIM, BARITONE
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