The Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera
In the season 2006/2007 the Bavarian State Opera founded a new young artists program on the initiative of music director Kent Nagano - the Opera Studio. This program supports highly talented young artists and prepares them for an international career in step with actual practice. Now under the new general manager Nikolaus Bachler this promotion of young artists continues to play an important role in the success of the Bavarian State Opera.
The Opera Studio program runs one to two seasons and consists of role studies, vocal lessons, acting and movement classes as well as language training. The young artists are cast for small roles in productions on the main stage and take part in several concert projects. They also work together with professional singers and conductors and have the opportunity to attend main stage rehearsals and performances. Workshops with staff members from different departments of the Staatsoper on subjects like career development complete the training program.
In addition, the Opernstudio members study and perform one complete opera each season. The past three seasons, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Haydn's La fedeltà premiata and Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen were premièred at the Cuvilliés Theatre. This season Hans Werner Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers will be performed.
The members of the Opera Studio are employed through the German union contract (NV Bühne) and are paid the corresponding entrance salary. For performances in productions on the main stage, members receive an additional flat-rate fee depending on the size of the role. The Bavarian State Opera reserves an option for future engagement of the young artists into the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera.