Our IPAI Opera Program offers a community of working opera professionals who are genuinely invested in the next generation of young and emerging artists. Experience German language, culture, and opera theater in a country that boasts a centuries long love for opera and some of the finest opera houses in Europe. 


Every summer, IPAI collaborates with one or more German agents, stage directors, casting directors, and theater directors who provide coaching, audition workshops, master classes, and networking opportunities. Our young artists sing for and receive feedback from guest clinicians currently active in the European opera market. Some of our Opera Fellowship Artists have been encouraged or invited to audition for German houses, agents, or young artist programs under the direction and guidance of our faculty artists. 



Each IPAI Artist receives at least 2 voices lessons, 1 - 2 coaching sessions, acting & movement classes, and 1-2 workshops or master classes per week. They work with teachers, vocal coaches, stage directors, and casting directors currently working in opera houses in the United States and Europe. IPAI Opera & Collaborative Piano Program alumni have been accepted into top tier masters programs in the US and in Germany, joined US and European young artist programs, and gone on to perform professionally with opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, among others.


Outstanding students, promising young artists, and emerging young artists may be offered a significant scholarship and the opportunity to join IPAI as a Fellowship Artist. Opera Fellows have usually completed a Masters Degree or Artist Diploma, are on the cusp of starting their professional operatic career, or are already performing professionally and exploring opportunities to audition/sing in Germany or Europe. Fellowship Artists receive special attention, may be invited to auditions, or offered roles with regional opera companies with whom our faculty are affiliated.


See a professional opera performance at a German Theater in Erl, Munich, or another nearby city as part of your IPAI experience! Transportation and tickets are included in the tuition. 


Each young Opera Artist is a featured soloist on our Liederabend concert and is cast in at least 2 opera scenes. Other performance opportunities include: a "Broadway to Brass" Musikkapelle Concert, the IPAI Gala Concert, Cabaret Night, and the IPAI Vocal Competition. 



Singers perform in weekly master classes that focus on style and interpretation, audition techniques, mind/body awareness, coping with stress and nervousness, the business of performing, career building and more! During the second and third week, all opera artists participate in intensive master classes with honored guest artists such as Jennifer Larmore, Barbara Bonney, Barabara Daniels, Kirstin Chavez, and Michael Sturm. 



Whether for support of the instrument, clarity or dynamics of expression or for style, IPAI artists start each day with movement, dance, yoga or stretching classes to build upon basic movement mechanics and technique.



Maximize your impact as a total artist and refine your audition package with daily acting classes, workshops, and individual dramatic coaching. Young Opera Artists 



Our faculty are fluent in German, French, and Italian. IPAI Artists learn and practice in daily German Language class and by living in a Bavarian village for three weeks. Instruction includes the basics of functional conversational German, an introduction to German culture and etiquette, learning to slate and answer basic audition questions in German,  as well as opportunities for more advanced speakers to refine their language skills. Our artists receive Musical Theatre and lyric diction coaching in German, French, Italian, English, and Czech integrated into their weekly lessons and coaching sessions. 


In addition to professional development & audition workshops, IPAI artists receive one-on-one feedback from each of our esteemed faculty throughout their IPAI residency.  Our three-week training program culminates in  a Next Steps Conference that offers an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with our faculty, strategic planning for the "next steps" of your artistic career, personal advice, and mentorship from our esteemed international faculty artists.


Tuition includes accommodations at Hotel zur Post in Kiefersfelden, a full traditional Bavarian breakfast each morning, and a catered hot lunch with salad bar each afternoon. Students are responsible for dinner each evening and the cost of flights and transportation to/from Kiefersfelden, Germany. 


Taryn Cantrell

Arizona State University

This past month was nothing short of a fairy tale experience. IPAI was without a doubt, exactly what I needed. The hard work, early mornings, late nights, long rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings, lessons, acting classes, many performances, the encouragement. New amazing friendships that began within hours and feel like they have been there a lifetime, the opportunity to work with faculty who quickly became mentors, friends, and role models. My heart is full of love for the experiences I was so lucky to have and the people I was so fortunate to meet at this program.

As a recent graduate, the "what am I supposed to do now?!" feeling hit me HARD. But this past month has given me a new perspective and has encouraged me beyond words. I am very excited for what is to come.

Program Coordinator & Contact

Kirstin Chávez

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