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Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia

Program Description

Application Deadline Extended to March 20, 2017

The application deadline to the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia program has been extended. You must submit your online application (including the $50 application fee), and upload your supporting materials by March 20, 2017 11:59 p.m. (eastern standard time) to be considered.

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 25 - July 15, 2017

A student records a track in the Valencia campus studios.

Faculty member Clara Barbera leads a music and movement class.

Program Director Jonathan Pape works with students

Music Director and Conductor Andrew Altenbach

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, 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:

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

Program Schedule

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:

  • 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

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Program calendar subject to change.

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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.

Johnathon Pape

Program Director, Stage Director, Master Classes, Seminars

Andrew Altenbach

Music Director/Conductor, Master Classes, Coaching

Rebecca Folsom

Voice Teacher

Jean Anderson Collier

Principal Coach, Musical Preparation of Scenes, Pianist

Clara Barbera


James Myers

Coach, Musical Preparation of Scenes, Pianist

Visiting Artists

Cristina Gallardo-Domâs

Although she performs a wide repertoire, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs is known as one of the foremost Puccini sopranos in the world. A native of Santiago, Chile, Gallardo-Domâs has performed Puccini heroines at multiple major opera houses, including the Metropolitan in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Paris Opera and Covent Garden in London, as well as opera houses in Berlin, Cologne, and Munich, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Madrid, and Los Angeles. She has also performed at the Salzburg and Ravinia festivals, among many others. She has worked with many famous directors and conductors, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Chailly, Plácido Domingo, Bruno Bartoletti, Valery Gergiev, and Lorin Maazel, to name a few. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for her interpretation of Madame Butterfly at Covent Garden, the Luigi Illica International Prize , the Plácido Domingo Prize, and various honors and prizes in her native Chile. Gallardo-Domâs is also the international
artistic consultant at Semanas Musicales de Frutillar in Chile. She will teach a special master class for the participants of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive.

Don Franzen

Don Franzen is a lawyer in Beverly Hills, California, specializing in entertainment and business law. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Opera, co-chairs its legal committee, and counts among his clients leading opera performers such as Plácido Domingo, and performers in the orchestral music, film, and recording industries. Franzen is a frequent guest lecturer in the global entertainment and music business graduate program at Berklee’s campus in Valencia. In addition, he has lectured on entertainment law at the Eastman School of Music, Santa Monica College’s Academy of Entertainment and Technology and is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Herb Albert School of Music, where he teaches two courses on the law and the music industry. Franzen will teach a special class in understanding contracts and copyrights for the participants of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive.



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: February 15, 2017
  • Admissions decisions issued by April 1, 2017

* Application Deadline Extended to March 20, 2017

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.

Apply now

Supporting Materials

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.

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, 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.


Students attending the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive program are required to stay in the student residence in Valencia. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable environment while abroad.

Students stay at the Galileo Galilei student residence, located at the Valencia Polytechnic University. There is a choice of a single room with private bath, or a double room with private bath, shared by the two roommates. The student residence is coed, but the shared rooms are not. Berklee will try to meet student preferences for single or double rooms, however single rooms are limited. Students who choose to stay in a double room may submit a roommate request, and we will attempt to arrange all requests. Students in double rooms who do not identify a preferred roommate will be matched with other students.

Students younger than 18 years old are not able to stay in the student residence and should contact A housing waiver may be requested by students who are either 24 years or older, have a parent or legal guardian that lives in Valencia, or have a disability that requires accommodations that the student residence in Valencia is not able to provide. Contact for more details.

Housing Costs

  • Double room: $660 per student
  • Single room: $880 per student

Housing Check-In and Check-Out Dates

  • Check-in: Saturday, June 24, 2017 (Orientation starts on Sunday)
  • Check-out: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Included Services

Students have access to the following complementary services and facilities:

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the residence
  • Linens: sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows
  • Cleaning service: all rooms are cleaned once per week, including a change of sheets once per week and towels twice per week.
  • Shared kitchen on each floor and personal kitchen utensil packs
  • Fitness room and classes
  • TV/games room
  • Music room

Additional Services

The Galileo Galilei residence offers students an array of additional services for a fee. Sample services include:

  • Meal plans and/or individual meals
  • Refrigerator and/or TV for their room
  • Laundry: Access to the laundry room or arranged through the cleaning service (fees vary)

Galileo Galilei is located at Avenida De Los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain. Visit the Galileo Galilei website (in Spanish) to see the facilities.

Getting to Campus

The Berklee campus is located approximately two miles from the student residence. Most students either bike, walk, or take the public bus to get to school.

  • Bike: Many students take advantage of Valenbisi, Valencia’s public bike-sharing system. For a low cost students can sign up for a pass that allows them unlimited use of bicycles, with the first half hour of each trip being free. There are Valenbisi stations located all around the city, including several that are close to the residence and to the campus.
  • Bus: The public bus #No. 40 runs along a main road that connects the residence and the campus. Average travel time is about 30-35 minutes.
  • Walk: Valencia is known for its beautiful weather! Walking is a great way to travel to campus, while getting some exercise and soaking in the sun. Average travel time is about 40-45 minutes.

Transportation to Berklee Valencia

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition: $3,600
  • Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
  • Housing cost: $660 (double room) or $880 (single room)
  • Tuition payment deadline: May 1, 2017

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

Soon after you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email when your tuition bill is ready for payment, along with instructions on how to pay.

Tuition Refund Requests

If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to before the program start date. The last day to request a refund is June 24, 2017. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The $3,600 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, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.

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Contact Summer Programs in Valencia

For all summer programs located on the Valencia campus, this is the contact information:

  • Ana Calvillo
    Admissions and Scholarships Manager
  • Mina Chulkova
    Admissions Coordinator
  • Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)
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Mailing Address
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)