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For three weeks this summer, aspiring young opera singers from around the world will come together at the Valencia campus to participate in the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia. Sponsored by Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, this unique program offers talented singers the opportunity to hone their technical skills with world-class faculty, gain valuable performance experience in a variety of settings, learn how to build and maintain a career in opera, and connect with industry professionals.
One of the unique features of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia is the ability for participants to have access to Berklee's state-of-the-art recording studios. Each participant will be able to record a limited number of arias/songs for their use in applications for graduate schools or young artist programs. Berklee’s engineers will master the recordings, and the selections will be coached and accompanied by our music staff. Each participant will leave the program with a professionally produced recording of their selections.
Participating in the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia will give students an excellent window into what it takes to be a successful opera singer. This includes the required musical, vocal, and dramatic skills but also the personality, professionalism, and understanding of the business that are necessary to not only survive but thrive. The Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia is an exciting and supportive environment that will stretch and inspire students and help them succeed.
Coming to Valencia, with its rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenery, is an added benefit to the program. The Berklee facilities and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia are world renowned. The Palau de les Arts, which opened in 2005, is the home of opera and other cultural events in Valencia. Many luminaries of the opera world have been associated with the Palau, including Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and, most notably, Plácido Domingo. Domingo has performed regularly at the Palau; supervised the Palau’s young artist program, which is named in his honor; and made the Palau the home of his Operalia competition.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is recognized for having one of the best voice/opera programs in the country. With a nurturing community of teachers and peers, and a forward-thinking curriculum that is continually evolving, our voice and opera programs will help you grow as a professional singer and as a whole artist for the 21st-century stage.
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Each participant will receive two private voice lessons and two private musical coachings per week. In addition, there will be daily rehearsals for the concerts presented each week as well as extensive rehearsals for the opera scenes program.
Each morning will begin with a special class that targets some aspect of a singer’s preparation for an operatic career. The program will also feature master classes by guest artists and industry professionals.
There will be a gala concert at the end of the first and second weeks of the program. The first concert will feature arias by each of the participants. The second concert will feature arias and art songs from the Spanish-language repertoire. The program will conclude with a presentation of opera scenes, featuring excerpts from the standard repertoire and contemporary operas.
Class topics include:
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The summer opera intensive is taught by faculty from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee’s faculty on the Valencia campus.
Singers who are currently undergraduate students or who have recently completed their undergraduate study are eligible for the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia.
It is not necessary to have studied voice or opera as an undergraduate, but singers should be serious about opera study and have at least three arias in their repertoire, prepared in the original languages.
To be considered for admission by our board of admissions, we must receive your completed application and all supporting documents by 11:59 p.m. (eastern standard time) on the deadline.
Application deadline extended until March 20.
Review of the applications will begin shortly before the deadline.
Submit your completed Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia application with your supporting materials, and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee.
Fee Waiver: If you are a current Berklee or Boston Conservatory at Berklee student or alumni, you'll see an option to request a fee waiver on the application.
You are required to submit some supporting materials with your program application.
The board of admissions will evaluate all applicants based on a review of the completed application and all supporting materials. You will be notified by email of your admissions status by the notification deadline.
Citizens from the countries listed below do not require a special visa to travel to Spain as a tourist and study for up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong and Macao (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Peru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.
This means that US citizens, same as citizens of other countries in the list above, do not need a visa for this program, unless the dates of stay in Spain extend beyond 90 days. The list of countries that do not need a visa prior to traveling to Europe is updated periodically. Check "Visa requirements for the Schengen Area" to double check if you need a visa or not.
If your country is not listed above you will need a tourist visa for up to 90 days and should check with the Spanish consulate in your country for visa requirements.
All students that require a visa to enroll in this program must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended return date. Students who do not have a valid passport should get one as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.
Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible. Once the program reaches full capacity, students depositing subsequently will be put on a wait-list. The Valencia summer programs office will get in contact with you with further information if you are put on a wait-list.
Paying through apply.berklee.edu
You must return to the online application portal and sign in. Click on "Payments" at the top of the menu, and there you will find a button to pay the bill online by credit or debit card (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, or Visa). You should also ensure that you have submitted all the forms online.
If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to email@example.com before May 1, 2019. The $3,845 tuition payment is not refundable after this date under any circumstances. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable.
Questions regarding your application fee or tuition payment may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.
Berklee Valencia campus does not offer student housing directly, but there are many options available for students to choose from. Students can rent a room in a private apartment or rent an entire apartment and arrange to share with classmates. There are also several student residences near campus where students can stay in individual or double rooms, with or without meal plans.
To see all housing options, including also hotels near campus, visit our Student Services webpage.