Handel Opera Academy


Who can apply to Handel Opera Academy?

Handel Opera Academy is open to all singers above the age of 18 years old who show sufficient skills to perform one of the parts in the opera. Whether you are recently graduated or studying at an academy right now, you are welcome to apply. A diploma is not required.

When is the deadline for the application?

The first cast will be chosen from the applicants on February 1st. The second cast on the 1st of March and the third cast on the 1st of April. The earlier you send us your application the more chances you get at being cast.

Is there an application fee?

There is a one-time application fee of 39 euros. After you get selected for the academy, we will ask you to pay your respective tuition fee.

What do I need to prepare for the application?

To apply for our program, it is required to fill out the corresponding application form that can be found on our “Apply” page. We also kindly ask to upload two video links there to recordings that show your capacities.

Will I get back my deposit if I resign?

Unfortunately we cannot offer reimbursement in case of resignation.

How many casts will there be?

We are planning on having 2 or 3 full casts for the opera.

Will each cast have a performance?

Each cast will have at least one full performance and a general rehearsal of the opera.

If I want to apply for a specific role, but I didn’t get selected for the first cast, is there a possibility to get it for the second cast?

Yes, applying early will ensure that you get more chances to get the role you want.

Will there be an orchestra?

Yes, Handel Opera Academy will work with a Baroque orchestra.

How can I arrive to the project location?

We will provide detailed travel information to get you to Tarnowskie Góry. If anything will be unclear, we will make sure to help you to get to the location.

What language are we going to speak?

All rehearsals, lessons and masterclasses will be conducted in English. However, our staff can also speak Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch and Polish, so outside of the classes you will be able to communicate with us in any of those languages.

What are the arrival and departure dates?

The arrival day is the 1st of July and the departure day is 31st of July.

When will I receive the detailed schedule for the project?

We will send you the detailed schedule one month before arrival. However, the order of the scenes to be worked on will be subject to change.

Is accommodation included in the project fee?

Yes, accommodation is included in the fee.

What will the accommodation be like?

The participants will be lodged in the Opera Hotel, which is located in the city center near the rehearsal venue. There will be two people per room.

Are the meals included in the project fee?

The accommodation includes breakfast in the hotel. The rest of the meals are not included in the tuition fee. However, the Opera Hotel offers a special price for dinner for you.

How can COVID-19 affect the project?

If the program cannot happen due to COVID-19, we will postpone it and you will have a secure spot in it. However, in the history of this pandemic, July has always been a safe month for international travel and performances. We will be monitoring the situation closely and let you know in time if any additional measurement is required.

Where can I check the current Polish restrictions about COVID-19?

You can check the current situation with COVID-19 on the official government webpage: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/general-information