Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia

Program Description

Hone your technical and performance skills, increase your understanding of what it takes to build and maintain a career in opera, and work with distinguished faculty and industry professionals, all in the inspiring setting of Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.

  • Location: Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain
  • Program dates: TBD

Program Description

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 and Lorin Maazel.

Opera at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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.

Watch this video for an overview of opera at Boston Conservatory at Berkee:

Learn more about voice and opera study at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Program Schedule

Each participant will receive two voice lessons and two 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.

Faculty member Clara Barbera leads a music and movement class.

Music Director and Conductor Andrew Altenbach

Program Director Jonathan Pape works with students

Each morning will begin with a special class that targets some aspect of a singer’s preparation for an operatic career.

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:

  • preparing for a career in opera;
  • how to work with conductors;
  • movement and body awareness;
  • conditioning the voice for performance;
  • working with performance energy;
  • a blueprint for preparing a role;
  • how to learn recitative;
  • financial planning for singers; and
  • how to choose the right program for your development.


Download the schedule for summer 2019

Boston Conservatory Opera intensive - OrientationSunday, June 2, 2019
Boston Conservatory Opera intensive classes beginMonday, June 3, 2019
Boston Conservatory Opera intensive classes endFriday, June 21, 2019


The summer opera intensive is taught by faculty from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee’s faculty on the Valencia campus.

Eiji Miura

Managing director

Nathan Troup

Artistic director

Michael Hanley

Voice faculty

Clara Barbera


James Myers

Coach, Musical Preparation of Scenes, Pianist

Nathan Salazar




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.

Application Deadline

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: TBD
  • Review of the applications will begin shortly before the deadline.

  • Decisions issued: TBD
  • Tuition payment due date: TBD
  • How to Apply

    Application and Fee

    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.

    Supporting Materials

    You are required to submit some supporting materials with your program application.

    Résumé/curriculum vitae (in English)

    Include your personal details, educational, and work experience.

    Include three pieces appropriate to the student's level in at least 2 languages. One of these three pieces should be an aria.
    Statement of purpose (in English)

    This is your chance to tell us in one paragraph all about why are you interested in a career in opera.
    Contact details for two references

    Name, position, email and phone of 2 references who have worked or collaborated with you and who can convey your musical strengths and skills.

    Final Decision:

    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.

    Passport and Visa

    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.

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition: $3,940
  • Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

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.

How to Pay Tuition

Paying through
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.

Tuition Refund Requests

If you have already made your tuition payment, are withdrawing from the program, and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to The $3,940 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, 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.

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If you have questions related to the opening of the campus in fall 2020 and the hybrid model that will be applied to all programs at that time, check the Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions section.

Q: Does Berklee offer scholarships for this program?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any scholarship opportunities for our Summer Programs at this time. We recommend researching local and government funding and scholarship opportunities to help with tuition fees.

Q: I’ve applied for the program. When will I hear of my acceptance?

You will hear your admissions decision a few weeks after the official application deadline.

Q: How many days per week will we be in classes? Will we get to explore Valencia over the weekends?

Classes are held 5 days per week, so you will have time on the weekends to explore Valencia.

Q: Do I receive college credit upon completing the program?

No, you do not receive college credit, but you will receive a certificate of completion.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

Singers who are currently undergraduate students or who have recently completed their undergraduate study are eligible for the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia.

Q: Is housing included in the program tuition?

No, participants are required to make their own living arrangements
There are many options for housing including (but not limited to) booking a room in a privately run residence hall, short to medium term apartments, and hotels. For more information regarding housing options and suggestions in Valencia, visit our Summer Performance program housing page here.

Q: How much experience in opera do I need to be successful in the program?

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 their original languages.