Saluzzo Opera Academy Summer Program in Italy

Session 1 : Alcina from July 4 - July 31
Session 2 : Giulio Cesare from August 1 - August 26

Saluzzo Opera Academy ORCHESTRA

Come join our orchestra family and be guided by world-class conductors through an exciting summer of musical development. The Saluzzo Opera Academy Orchestra – a chamber orchestra - includes our most promising and talented instrumentalists.

Due to technical issues experienced during a number of application form submissions, the final deadline has been extended to include a 2-week grace period.

Extended Application Deadline: May 1st, 2024

All SOA applicants are also considered for Berlin Opera Academy.


Performing Italian opera in Italy is an invaluable experience we wish to share. Participants will look forward to an immersive experience in a school set in a 14th century monastery, adapted to state-of-the-art music education. In order to keep an intimate performance experience, SOA uses chamber reductions. Musicians are welcomed to all classes and instruction including:

  • A place in Saluzzo Opera Academy’s Orchestra playing for the summer festival operas
  • Participation in a chamber music concert
  • Italian language class
  • Instrumental audition training
  • Daily access to practice rooms
  • Auditing access to all SOA activities
  • Conducting workshops
  • Masterclasses

Click here to read about a typical orchestra day at the Saluzzo Opera Academy’s summer program


We ask that you upload two recordings that best display your musical abilities. We recommend one excerpt from an operatic or symphonic work and one solo or piano-accompanied piece, however, you may submit any recordings that you feel showcase your playing. The recordings do not need to be professional nor from a performance. Video is preferred, but audio-only is also accepted. Recordings must be submitted via link (eg: Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud etc). If using Youtube, please ensure your videos are uploaded as either Unlisted or Public videos (not Private).


Saluzzo Opera Academy strives to guide young musicians on their next steps towards a career as a professional. The program encapsulates one or both of the two 4-week periods in the summer.

  • €500: Per Session SOA Orchestra Tuition (One 4-week session)
  • Single Session or Double Session Shared-Room Accommodation is available to request during registration. Please note that accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.

Musicians are welcome to book SOA accommodation or elect to find independent accommodation. Add-ons such as a private room accommodation are also available.

At SOA you will experience one of Italy’s most charming cities, work under top conductors, and gain the skills necessary to work in a professional orchestra, all while enjoying some of operas’ greatest masterpieces.


Kevin Class

Born in Belgium, pianist and conductor Kevin Class studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as well as in the U.S and Canada. In 1997, the Belgian government named Kevin a Fellow of the Flemish Community in recognition both of his performances of the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart and Schubert, and for his contributions to the performance and promotion of contemporary music, with Jan-Marisse Huizing describing him as “an important ambassador for today’s composers”.

Kevin has been active for more than 30 years as an orchestra and opera conductor. With a repertoire of more than 60 operas, Kevin has taken the podium of the National Opera La Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the National Opera Studio in London, Shanghai Opera and Opera Illinois (Peoria). From 2001-2005 he served as Guest Music Director and Resident Conductor of the Illinois Opera Theatre. He has conducted the Northern Illinois Philharmonic, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Illinois New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Noir’ (Brussels) and orchestras in Taipei, Shanghai, Chongqing, Seoul, Kunming, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. He has helped train numerous young conductors who have appeared with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Miami Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra and numerous opera houses.

Additional 2019-20 performances include continued collaborations with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster on KSO’s concert series William Shaub & Friends, conducting Tennessee Opera Theatre’s productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief & Amelia al ballo, and concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with performances of the complete Piano Trios with the Edison Piano Trio, and the complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello, with Wesley Baldwin.

Kevin is currently Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano and Music Director & Conductor of Opera Theatre at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Since 2014, Kevin has been conductor at Italy’s Arezzo Opera Festival. He also serves as head of the conducting and collaborative piano programs for Oberlin Conservatory’s summer program, Oberlin in Italy.

He has been profiled by BBC, NPR, PBS, Radio Noord Holland, KBS (Korea) and CCTV (China).


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:


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


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


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