International opera course 2022

The application deadline is 15st May 2022.

The international opera course - founded in 1991 by Prof. Kammersängerin Jutta Schlegel – is part of the opera festival Oper Oder Spree. Our mission is to give young artists from Germany and other European countries the opportunity to gain practical experience working on stage that complements their training programme. This opera course is now well-known outside of Germany and every year participants from many European countries as well as USA, Asia and Australia all meet here, sometimes as representatives of their home music colleges.

Lessons / Training

The international opera course has gained recognition for offering a combination of one to one and group sessions with practical performance experience in a professional context to a large audience. We also offer stagecraft and interpretation classes alongside courses in breathing technique and movement as well as individual audition training and advice with application processes. The timetable includes working with an experienced conductor and an orchestra. The course content is taught in German, English, Russian, Spanish and Serbian.


Our team is made up of an impressive array of professionals working in the field of opera and concert singing. Our two renowned vocal coaches Snežana Nena Brzaković (MA, opera and concert singer),
and Bernhard Hansky (opera singer) along with pianists Insa Bernds, Alexej Ilenko and Evgeny A. Nikiforov supervise musical rehearsals and give individual singing coaching to support and challenge participants in fulfilling their potential. The opera director Lars Franke lends his wide experience in the preparation of the production 'Oper in der Scheune' and gives individual scenic coaching sessions. The course participants will also have the chance to receive personalised career advice. The organisation of the opera gala with the Preussisches Kammerorchester is lead and conducted by Vinzenz Weissenburger (Staatsoper Berlin).

Projects & concerts

All opera course members take part in the preparation of the opera collage 'Oper in der Scheune'. The team will decide which participants will sing in the opera gala to which concert and opera agencies will be invited.
❖ Oper in der Scheune 12.08. - 14.08.2022 (Ragower Mühle)
❖ Festliche Operngala 19.08. - 21.08.2022 (Burg Beeskow and Kloster Neuzelle)


Dates & organisation

  • Arrival on 03th August 2022 and departure on 22th August 2022. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.
    ❖ All singers will be provided with shared, self-catering accommodation in the Bootshaus Beeskow (Uferstr. 18d, 15848 Beeskow near Burg Beeskow).
    ❖ The most promising artists will be presented with the Grand Prix of Landkreis Oder-Spree (1.000 €), the ‘Interpretationspreis der Sparkasse Oder-Spree’ (500 €) and the town of Beeskow audience prize (250 €). The coaching staff and the promoters will decide on the prize winners.
    ❖ the existing containment ordinance of the state of Brandenburg applies


Audition requirements

  1. 1) Participation is open to singers who have completed their programme of study or are at an advanced stage of their course at german, european or overseas music colleges.
    2) Please send the following documents to apply via email to
    • CV with a photo (include training and work experience)
    • completed application form
    • a recent recording
    3) The application deadline is 15st May 2022. The coaching staff and promoters will select 12 participants. 4) The course fee: 950.00 EUR . Payment will only be necessary if your application is successful.
    5) Entry depends on the currently valid entry regulations. A Covid-19 vaccination or a certificate of recovery (not older than 6 months) and a negative test that is not older than 48 hours must be available on arrival.. The participants are only allowed to arrive symptom-free.
    6) The repertoire outlined in the application form should be well prepared for the audition. (3 songs from 18th to 20th century German repertoire, 3 ensembles and 3 arias in the original language from 18th to 20th century opera literature).