Emerging Leading Artists Presents
Island of Syros, Greece

June 25, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Auditions in New York City:
September 23 and December 16 2016

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The The Greek Opera Studio founded in 2010 by General Director Eilana Lappalainen, is in conjunction with the International Festival of the Aegean, MidAmerica Productions in New York, Midam International in central Europe, as well ELArtists. It is a summer classical vocal program suited to young artists focusing on entering the world of opera at a career entry level, as well as advanced university music students interested in intensive training and stage development between semesters. The application process will place and divide the young artists into three categories: Resident Artists, Young Artists, and Apprentice Artists. Each applicant will be selected and positioned suited to their level of vocal development, assisting in proper placement and casting for the summer season. This Young Artists Program and casting is based on the idea of a German based OPERA ENSEMBLE, representing every voice type cast, and allowing each participant performance opportunities, as one would find in German opera houses. The summer keeps the group in one unit, while allowing expansion as individuals for the training and performances needed to advance one’s individual talent even on the Main stage for the professional Festival of the Aegean.  

In past years, new positions have been added to the program for apprentice conductors, and pianists. Those applicants applying for such positions must prepare the application requirements, including MP4 video clips. The program details for these applicants will vary in time and positioning, pending on the Festival or studio assignments. If chosen, conductors and pianists would be cast for specific productions, as well as have direct training as assistants with the festival staff and main stage productions and directors. Conductors and pianists would be directly connected with the GOS singers in coachings and rehearsals.      

The vocal participants in the Greek Opera Studio will be scheduled for daily study and rehearsals for over an entire month, on the beautiful island of Syros, Greece. They will have the opportunity to study and work with a high level international staff, in language, voice, and stage craft. Performance opportunities include, a children’s opera, covering all Festival operas or singing if cast, as well as in concert performances with orchestra. The participants perform in concerts and recitals around the island, and will be featured in scenes for the final Gala in the Apollo Theater (La Piccola Scala) which celebrated a 150 year Anniversary in 2014. The participants will be selected to cover leading roles and sing small roles in the main stage festival opera, Strauss’s ARIADNE AUF NAXOS sung in German. The Greek Opera Studio young artists will also perform Leoncavallo’s PAGLIACCI with piano, being performed in the Apollo Theater on the Festival schedule, and the full production of Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, including two full casts and covers featuring the Apprentice conductor and Apprentice pianist in performance with the young artists with piano. The Greek Opera Studio singers will also be able to sing and work with Lieder specialists from Vienna and London, preparing the annual Lieder Abend. This merging of professionals and the studio, allows the GOS participants to be in direct contact with international artists and rehearsals on a daily basis. The final performance of the International Festival of the Aegean will be the GREEL OPERA STUDIO GALA, a presentation of staged scenes for all Greek O