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 guests, 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: June 3 - June 23, 2018
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.
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:
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.
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. 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:
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.
Program Calendar 2018
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Grammy Award–winner Ana María Martínez is one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. This season Martínez sings the title role of Carmen with Los Angeles Opera, followed by performances as Rusalka with Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. She will then join Lyric Opera of Chicago for two productions, first as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and then as Marguerite in Faust. Following her time with us in Valencia, Martínez will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Alice Ford in Falstaff and will finish up the season with the title role in Madama Butterfly with Santa Fe Opera.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Martínez won the Pepita Embil Award at the 1995 Operalia II, first prize in the 1994 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and was a first place district and first place regional winner and national finalist at the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Martínez has offered candid encouragement to young singers as a contributing editor to Classical Singer Magazine. She is the recipient of the National Association of Latina Leaders’ Groundbreaking Latina in Music Award. Her recollections and reflections are profiled in Latino Wisdom: Celebrity Stories of Hope, Inspiration, and Success to Recharge our Mind, Body, and Soul by Cathy Areu, published by Barricade Books.
Conductor Steven Moore studied organ, piano, cello, and voice in his native Australia before moving to London to undertake conducting and repetiteur studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He furthered his study at the National Opera Studio, after which he was accepted on the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. He has most recently been head of music and conductor at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe in Germany where he has conducted a wide repertoire, including opera, operetta, musicals, ballet, and concerts and been the curator and accompanist for the Lieder Recital Series, along with various chamber music performances and education work. His work has led him to Portugal, France, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany where, in addition to his conducting work, he has worked extensively as a vocal coach. He is the newly appointed chorus master of the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen.
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: March 16, 2018
Decisions issued: March 30, 2018
Tuition payment due date: April 20, 2018
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.
You are required to submit some supporting materials with your program application. After you submit the application, you will receive an email with a link to a file sharing service called Box. You will need to create a Box account and upload the following supporting materials to your Box folder.
Name, position, email and phone of 2 references who have worked or collaborated with you and who can convey your musical strengths and skills.
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.
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.
Online Log onto my.berklee.edu, click on the Students tab, then “make a payment”. Payment made through this option will be posted to your student account immediately.
Paying by Flywire with Credit or Debit Card Depending on what country you are paying from, visit flywire.com/school/berklee to pay tuition by credit or debit card. Flywire charges you in your local currency, and tells you the exact amount that will be charged before you make the payment. You can also use Flywire to do a bank transfer (see the below payment option).
Paying Over the Phone with Credit Card To make a credit card or e-check payment by phone, call 1 866 661-9951. Payment made by telephone will be posted to your student account the next business day. When making payment by telephone, your payment confirmation number will serve as your receipt. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.5 percent service charge. There is no charge for EFT/electronic checks.
If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the program start date. The last day to request a refund is April 30, 2018. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The $3,750 tuition payment is not refundable after the start of the program under any circumstances.
Questions regarding your application fee or tuition payment may be sent to email@example.com, 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.