Apprentices

Saluzzo Opera Academy Summer Program in Italy

DATES: Session 1 - Alcina: July 1 - July 31 or Session 2 - Le nozze di Figaro: Aug 1 - Aug 31
Or July 1 - Aug 31 for both Sessions 1 & 2

The dates of some Apprenticeship programs vary within June 1 - August 31.

If you would like to be considered for both Saluzzo and Berlin opera academies, please apply through BOA by clicking here.

Apprentice Roles

Répétiteur | Costume Designer and Maker | Assistant Conductor | Set Design & Building | Stage Manager | Film & Media | Production & Management | Administrative Apprentice | Assistant Director | Technical/lighting assistant

Our Final Application Deadline for our upcoming summer season is April 15th.

SOA’s apprentices are the core of Saluzzo Opera Academy. We want to give you the opportunity to thrive and develop in the field of your choice. We have elected to waive application fees for our apprentices, so the experience is tuition-free. We will facilitate finding your housing. We also offer scholarships that can contribute toward the housing costs, should applicants submit a successful scholarship application letter, demonstrating undue financial hardship. Apprentices are guided by their directors and staff and given autonomy to grow.

For exceptional apprentices, Saluzzo Opera Academy supports and facilitates future employment opportunities.

Répétiteur


Under the guidance of our staff, you will have the chance to learn what is required in opera houses and what is expected from accompanists. Your development and education will be furthered through assisting individual lessons on the essential keys of good coaching and skilful accompaniment. All assigned activities are based on the individual’s desire and interest, and the merit earned by their preparation level upon arrival. As we will provide contacts and opportunities to play for experienced professionals, who can recommend employment, we expect all apprentices to arrive with a professional level of preparation. You will:

  • play production rehearsals
  • assist the Maestro and faculty répétiteurs during production rehearsals and music coachings
  • collaborate with Vocal Faculty during singing lessons and masterclasses
  • be prepared to coach singers in your areas of strength
  • assist with accompaniment in concerts
  • sing in lines during production rehearsals and in music coachings to fill in for absent or ill singers
  • play in the chosen performances (at the discretion of the musical director)

Successful applicants will be assigned to two productions during the Saluzzo Opera Festival. It is also possible to participate in only one production.

Application Repertoire: Applicants interested in Apprentice Répétiteur positions should prepare 2 pieces that demonstrate their ability in the operatic field. They will be asked to stumble through the Act II Finale of Le nozze di Figaro for the interview stage.

Assistant Director


Develop your skills as an assistant director under the tutelage of faculty experienced in the international opera scene. Use your initiative and take responsibility for tasks in a safe environment, mentored by the staff. Gain connections and experience while developing your directorial skills and mastering key aspects of successful assistant directing. You will:

  • work closely with the director to prepare rehearsal schedules and content
  • prepare the following day’s rehearsal schedule and calls with the director, conductor, and choreographer (where applicable) and send it to the Administrator after rehearsal
  • keep a rehearsal book/score with all singers’ dramatic and staging cues and information
  • assist with prop-making, set-creation, and costumes where relevant

The program’s aim is to give our Assistant Directors enough familiarity with the process of directing, that they are able to apply for work in good houses and have a clearer picture of their own personal goals as developing directors.

Costume Designer


Join the staff and contribute to the rich tapestry of Saluzzo Opera Academy. Under the guidance of professionals from the world’s leading houses, learn what skills are needed and expected for the job of a costumer for the big stages. With the hands-on experience of working with our directors and production teams across several SOA festival productions, you will create the costume design for diverse operas while developing your skills. The apprenticeship is tailored to individual skills and professional interests. Your apprenticeship can include:

  • costume and production design
  • creation of individual pieces
  • alteration and repairs
  • costume acquisition around Italy
  • backstage costume change assistance

Learn what the job of a costume designer looks like in the opera world.

Costumer


Costumers must maintain a wide variety of skills to help in any situation. On any given day your apprenticeship can include:

  • helping to schedule fittings
  • assisting in the sewing room for alterations and repairs
  • on the road shopping for supplies and last minute items
  • on-set assisting the Set Supervisor with cast and background players

Learn what the job of a costumer looks like in the opera world.

Assistant Conductor


Develop as a conductor under the direction of world-class faculty. Receive crucial experience and hear feedback from both sides of the baton. Grow under the guidance of conductors and singers, while leading the ensemble. All assigned activities are based on the individual’s areas of interest and their level of preparation upon arrival. You will:

  • play production rehearsals
  • assist the Maestro and faculty répétiteurs during production rehearsals and music coachings
  • collaborate with Vocal Faculty during singing lessons and masterclasses
  • sing in lines during production rehearsals and music coachings to fill in for absent or ill singers
  • assist with accompaniment during concerts
  • play in the chosen performances (at the discretion of the musical director)
  • conduct rehearsals when asked

Additional responsibilities will include working closely with the conductor to keep a performance-ready score with all relevant notes from rehearsals, as well as, coaching singers in your areas of strength. We will provide contacts and opportunities to play for experienced professionals, who can recommend employment, and expect all apprentices to arrive with a professional level of preparation. Note: the tuition for the conductor position is 400 EUR per session.

Set Design & Building


Bring the director’s vision to life and create an operatic world in which SOA singers can engage. Work under the guidance of production and technical staff at SOA while gaining valuable hands-on experience. You will:

  • work closely with directors & the production manager to develop each production’s design in non-traditional performance spaces
  • develop and manufacture set pieces and props that create the stage space
  • communicate directly with the directors, stage managers, and assistant directors during production meetings, rehearsals, and while in the theatre
  • attend rehearsals to keep track of changes, new ideas, and alterations regarding set and props
  • assist with set transport between rehearsal rooms and the theatre venues
  • integrate set pieces and prop access into theatre venues during technical set-up

Our goal is to cater to your individual strengths and weaknesses, giving you the opportunity to be hired and recommended by the professionals with whom you will be working.

Stage Manager


Join the SOA team in one of the most important organisational positions. Take responsibility for all things related to the stage from calls to props to quick changes. Develop under the guidance of staff who regularly work at the world’s top houses. You will:

  • keep a rehearsal book/score with detailed notes/drawings during all rehearsals (including entrances, exits, costume changes, set changes, props, and technical calls)
  • work with the director & conductor to prepare the rehearsal room to meet their requirements and daily plan
  • call the start and end of all rehearsals and breaks
  • ensure each cast gets balanced rehearsal time
  • be responsible for all cast attendance (including communicating tardiness, absence, and illness to all relevant staff)
  • contact singers if late
  • assist with production tasks where relevant
  • problem-solve any rehearsal issues that arise
  • communicate with relevant faculty & staff in a timely and professional manner
  • ensure rehearsal rooms are opened and locked 10 minutes prior to and following all rehearsals
  • ensure all room keys are returned to the relevant parties

The program’s aim is to give our Stage Managers the chance to hone individual abilities, while demonstrating competency to staff members who can directly recommend you for employment opportunities.

Film and Media


Under the guidance of SOA staff and faculty, spearhead and support Film & Media projects at Saluzzo Opera Academy. You will:

  • explore projection work (if required for a directorial concept)
  • learn operatic filming principles
  • be guided through the process for creating effective advertising campaigns
  • work on the recording, editing, and post-production involved in making digital records of our operas

Working with the SOA Media Faculty gives insight into effective videography techniques in both private and educational spheres. By working directly with singers and directors, filming and editing their productions and their day to day activities, you will build a network of artistic contacts worldwide.

Production and Management


If you are passionate about opera, get your feet wet with a variety of essential tasks, assisting the general director and artistic administrator directly and helping with the preparation of rehearsal plans. You will:

  • develop your marketing skills and enter the challenging but exciting world of art promotion
  • work on web design, poster design, and/or face-to-face publicity
  • have an experience that is tailored to your specific skills and interests
  • be guided by former opera intendants and current leaders in the field

At SOA, we want to help you grow in your areas of strength, assist with weaknesses, and provide employment opportunities in the field.

Administrative Apprentice


Get experience in Arts Administration by assisting the SOA team with essential behind-the-scenes organisational tasks. You will:

  • develop skills in events and office management
  • get a glimpse of all practical aspects of running an intensive opera summer school
  • have the opportunity to assist with a variety of tasks from finances to communications
  • be guided by the artistic director and other senior team members

The experience will be tailored to your specific skills and interests. At SOA, we want to help you grow in your areas of strength, assist with weaknesses, and provide employment opportunities in the field.

Technical/lighting assistant


Learn from the guidance of the lead lighting employees at Berlin’s most important opera houses. You will:

  • learn the fundamentals of opera lighting, from follows, to set up, to calls, etc
  • gain the experience necessary to develop your own lighting call sheets and plans
  • learn tricks of the trade (eg: professional lighting techniques)

For those more advanced applicants, this is an opportunity to gain professional exposure to guests and professional colleagues at BOA, which can lead to employment offers. For applicants earlier in their development, this is a chance to learn under the guidance of the industry’s top professionals.

TUITION SUBMISSION

All tuition can be submitted via SOA Partner, Wise, for any participants located outside of the EU or UK. For tuition submission via Wise, please click here:

Wise

For participants located within the EU & UK, tuition submission by bank transfer is accepted.

PARTNER ACADEMY

Your SOA application includes gratis consideration for our sister academy: Berlin Opera Academy.