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Mascarade Opera Foundation in Florence 22-24: deadline October 8!


Mascarade Emerging Artists aspires to be the leading independent training and performance programme for singers and répétiteurs in the world. Working with an international network of opera houses and festivals, with Teatro La Fenice in Venice, our principal artistic partner, at its core, we aim to redefine the formation and promotion of young artists for the future.

An expansion of the Mascarade Opera Studio's nine-month programme in Florence, Mascarade Emerging Artists is a perfect two-year post-Masters opportunity for singers looking to make a secure and exciting start to their careers. We accept applications from those aged 26 and under on the day that they apply. We understand that certain voice types take longer to mature and we encourage those aged 27-30 in these voice categories to apply. We also recognise that people follow a variety of paths to a classical singing career, however it is rare that we would consider applications from artists over the age of 30.

Our training framework is based on insights from performance psychology research in a variety of domains such as sports, business, health and education. As a multi-layered, integrative training framework with internal follow-up systems, it comprises and connects a number of theories and models in the areas of coaching, practice and performance.

“Mascarade is a unique place where I can explore new passions and achieve artistic originality.”

~ Ángel Vargas, Tenor, 2020/21 Studio Artist

“I love working in such a supportive and nurturing environment, with people who push me every day to be the best artist and person I can possibly be. I will be forever grateful for the world-class training Mascarade is providing me with.”

~ Lauren Young, Mezzo-soprano, 2020/21 Studio Artist

I think it’s absolutely fabulous what you are doing here. What you are offering the artists is truly incredible, revolutionary and I think it’s fantastic.”

~ Michael Spyres, Tenor

“Working with Dr Ralph Strehle on performance psychology is incredibly beneficial in helping to find an emotional balance and proactive ways of coping with the challenges in this career.”

~ Catriona Morison, Mezzo-soprano, Winner of the Main Prize at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition

“Julia Lynch is a world-class coach who (luckily for us) has chosen to work with young people and help us develop in every way – musically, artistically and also personally! As a young singer, it is so important to have someone guide you in the right direction, suggest the best repertoire which suits your voice and overcome all sorts of technical, linguistic and performance issues. Julia was that person for me. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend years with her guidance and under her wing.”

~ Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-soprano, First Place prize winner at the 2017 Neue Stimmen singing competition

“I have been working with Jonathan Papp since my time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is a fantastic coach with a wealth of knowledge of operatic and song repertoire but especially Bel Canto and Verismo. He has, without a doubt, played an essential part in my development as a singer.”

~ Freddie de Tommaso, Tenor


Applications for entry in 2022 open on Wednesday 1 September 2021.

First Round Auditions (Online):

Applications will be assessed from Wednesday 1 September 2021 via YAP Tracker. The deadline for online submissions is Friday 8 October 2021.

Second Round Auditions (Live):

Livestreamed (non-European residents): Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October 2021

London, UK: Saturday 30 October and Sunday 31 October 2021

Florence, Italy: Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November 2021

Third and Final Round Auditions (Live):

Florence and Venice, Italy: Friday 3 December - Sunday 12 December 2021 (dates to be confirmed)


Applications should be made via YAP Tracker. If shortlisted, you will be contacted with an audition date for second round live auditions in your chosen location. Please note that we cannot accommodate audition swaps.

Applicants who reach the third and final round will have their travel and accommodation costs covered.

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