Handel Opera Academy


Giulio Cesare
July 1st – July 31st 2022

Join us in the performances of Handel’s most renowned opera! Application open for all roles. Have an unforgettable experience singing and performing a role in this fully staged production. Work with a Baroque orchestra and the best professionals. Receive lessons from our coaches, amongst whom star-contralto Sonia Prina. Sing under the baton of Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez and work with Szymon Komarnicki as your stage director. This masterpiece contains all of the best characteristics of a Baroque opera in a nutshell. With its unforgettable arias, finely written recitativos and dramatic libretto, Giulio Cesare is easily one of the most performed operas in modern theaters and an absolute must-have on every singer’s and musician’s repertoire. Together with Tarnogórskie Centrum Kultury we invite you to apply and be part of this production! We will perform it with full staging and costumes, accompanied by a Baroque orchestra – a chance you cannot miss!

Auditions and deadlines

Handel Opera Academy works on an audition basis. In order to take part in the audition you need to fill out THIS FORM, send us a recording and pay the application fee (39 EUR).

  • The first deadline for applying is February 1st. After that we will choose our first cast from the applications received.
  • The second deadline is March 1st. We will choose our second cast from all the applications received since January.
  • The last minute deadline is April 1st. We will fill any last remaining roles from all applications received since January.

The earlier you apply the more chances you have to get the role you desire!

Your audition recording should contain at least 1 piece, preferably of relevant repertoire that features your best qualities as a singer. We will let you know if you have been accepted, rejected or are in the waiting list no later than one month after the applicable deadline. If you are not selected your application will remain in the pool for the next deadline, so if you apply early we will consider you again for the role you wish in another cast.

Once you have been selected for a role you will be called to have an interview with the conductor and the singing coordinator. After the interview you will receive a final confirmation of your participation in the project and will be asked to pay the tuition fee. More information about the tuition fee, installments and what is included in the tuition you can find at the bottom of this page.

In short:

  • Fill out the form.
  • Send us a recording.
  • Pay the application fee (39 EUR).
  • The earlier you apply the more chances to get the role you want.


Pay the application fee (39 EUR)


This year Handel Opera Academy is casting for all roles in Handel’s masterpiece Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

Giulio Cesare – mezzo soprano, alto or countertenor
Cleopatra – soprano
Tolomeo – countertenor
Sesto – mezzo soprano or soprano
Cornelia – mezzo soprano or alto
Achilla – bass or bariton
Curio – bass or bariton
Nireno – soprano or mezzo soprano

We encourage you to apply for more than one role.


The total tuition fee for Handel Opera Academy is 4500 Euros divided in three installments:

  • Upon acceptance to the program you are required to pay 400 EUR within two weeks after being selected in order to ensure your spot in the academy.
  • A second installment for an amount of 900 EUR before April 15th.
  • Last installment for the remaining 3200 EUR before the 31st of May
    If you decide to not participate in the program you will not get reimbursed your already paid fees.

Tuition includes:

  • A professional fully staged baroque opera production with stage sets, costumes and a full baroque orchestra
  • At least one guaranteed performance on the role you have been chosen for
  • Private singing and performance coaching with some of the best professionals in the baroque opera world
  • Accommodation in the beautiful Opera Hotel in the center of Tarnowskie Gory
  • Acting and theatrical coaching
  • Recitativo coaching
  • Ornamentation coaching
  • Italian language coaching with native speakers
  • Masterclasses
  • Professional audio recording of your performance
  • Video recording of your performance
  • Professional pictures and portraits


For a selective number of participants, Handel Opera Academy can provide a partial scholarship. If you want to be considered for a scholarship, please include in your registration form a short answer for what amount you are applying and what other sources you are planning to address (for example: crowdfunding, fundraising concerts, a scholarships you already received).