Course of Studies

The course of studies at the Opera Institute at HMDK Stuttgart includes:

    • two fully staged productions per year with orchestra and internationally experienced and renowned directors, most recently Olivier Tambosi, Bernd Mottl, Hendrik Müller

    • Regular master classes with top-level directors (including Claus Guth, Willy Decker, Johannes Erath, Harry Kupfer) and singers (including Michael Volle, Angela Denoke, Doris Soffel, Camilla Nylund)

    • Regular auditions with Véronique Walter (Staatsoper Stuttgart), Jean Denes (Zurich Opera House), Elisabeth Sobotka (Bregenz Festival), etc.

    • Auditions for agencies, casting directors and established casting consultants

    • Cooperation with the Staatsoper Stuttgart (both the Opera and the Junge Oper frequently cast singers of the Opera Institute; regular seminars and auditions with Veronique Walter)

    • Musical work with pianists with international conducting experience

    • Opera Scenes and Stagecraft: intensive work on opera ensembles and scenes with internationally experienced directors; acting workshops (with guests including Max Hopp, Komische Oper Berlin)

    • Intensive coaching in Italian, French and German diction and style with native-speaking opera specialists

    • Seminars on the history and poetics of opera, seminars on the Institute’s opera productions

    • bodywork, fencing, stage fighting, dance

    • Language course Italian

    • study trips to Vienna, Berlin, and other important centers of the world of opera world