Founded by Riccardo Muti in 1997 under the artistic direction of Leyla Gencer (and later of her successors Mirella Freni and Renato Bruson), the La Scala Academy of lyric opera provides young opera singers with a solid background in voice and music, honing their technical and interpretive skills in a two-year program to prepare them for a successful professional career.
During the course, Teatro alla Scala invites students to attend opera rehearsals and performances and gradually involves them directly in stage roles of increasing complexity in operas on the regular season program. While the course already provides numerous occasions for visibility, specific auditions with agents, orchestra conductors, and artistic directors of major theatres are organized during the two academic years to allow students to further showcase their talents.
The audition process in Milan will be structured as follows:
preliminary round, semifinal round, final round.
Candidates will present six operatic pieces taken from the list of pieces presented with the application, (including the two pieces performed in the videos), of which four must be in Italian and two in another language (as stated above, music from operettas or oratorios will not be accepted). They will also perform two pieces from the chamber and/or sacred music repertoire. All pieces must be sung in their original language.
In the preliminary round, the candidate will sing two opera pieces by heart. One of them will be chosen by the candidate and the other will be chosen by the Examining Committee on the basis of the list of pieces presented by the candidate. The Examining Committee reserves the right to limit the audition to one piece.
In the semifinal round, the candidate will perform a piece of chamber or sacred music and a piece of opera music by heart. Both pieces will be chosen by the Examining Committee. Those passing this first phase will be asked to sight-read a score of medium difficulty, demonstrate their stage presence, and sit for a motivational interview.
In the final round, the candidate will perform two opera pieces chosen by the Examining Committee.
The Examining Committee may opt to listen to all or a part of the required pieces and to limit the audition to a part of the program.
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