Bologna International Opera Academy

July 8-July 22, 2018

Bologna International Opera Academy (BIOA) is an intensive two-week summer program located in one of the most enchanting and vibrant cities in Italy. Music is etched in the heart of Bologna; it is part of the fabric of the local economy and is thriving. In 2006, Bologna was named an UNESCO Creative City of Music, a prestigious recognition honoring the city’s extraordinary musical tradition.

BIOA is a unique program that offers: daily Master classes; one-on-one coaching from world-renowned opera singers, voice teachers, opera directors and coaches; and the opportunity to be immersed in Italian language and culture, while living in the picturesque and historic surroundings of Bologna. BIOA’s curriculum is carefully designed to build the proficiency and discipline that will facilitate success for those seeking a professional singing career, as well as exposing participants to professional-level opera auditions early in their careers.

BIOA focuses on standard operatic repertoire with emphasis on the works of Italian and French composers. Voice coaching of standard arias with the world-renowned operatic masters provides singers with a distinct advantage in the fiercely competitive audition process.

The most distinguished element of the Bologna International Opera Academy is that singers have the opportunity to be heard by and signed with opera industry professionals while still attending college (two artists from BIOA 2016 and 2017 received professional contracts with an opera house). This unparalleled opportunity, paired with performing in Bologna, greatly benefit every serious singer to complete their training and advance their professional development.

The grand finale of BIOA are two recitals of operatic arias and scenes performed in the magnificent “Palazzo Magnani” home of Unicredit Bank, Bologna.

The opportunities available through the Bologna International Opera Academy span all levels of performance maturity–from the young artists honing their talents at the start of their careers, to the seasoned performers carving out their niche or advancing their profession.

This project is a collaboration between Phoenix Art Network, Comune di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna and the Euro Atlantic Art Foundation.


Participants of BIOA (Bologna International Opera Academy) have a special advantage – all BIOA singers AUTOMATICALLY advance to the semi-final round of Bologna International Vocal Competition for young opera artists!



  • Master classes

  • Individual voice lessons

  • Individual coaching on arias and ensembles

  • Career in Opera seminar

  • Class in Stanislavsky acting technique

  • Musical/dramatic preparation

  • Final Concerts at Palazzo Magnani

  • Auditions for opera industry professionals (agents, house directors, conductors)


All participants shall receive a Certificate upon completion of the program.


The audition committee prefers taped auditions. Applicants are encouraged to upload and submit video recordings of two operatic arias from the standard repertoire in different languages, at least one of them– in Italian. Use of,, or file sharing services like is recommended.


All links/uploads must be submitted via email to:


The deadline for submitting an online application and audition materials: January 5th, 2018

By January 25th, 2018 the successful applicants shall receive notification by phone or email with details about travel and logistics, for arranging travel plans.

In order to secure a guaranteed spot in the program, the applicants will be required to wire a non-refundable deposit of 750 euro to our bank account by March 1st, 2018:


Beneficent: Phoenix Art Network Ltd.

Address: Z.K. Mladost 1, # 66 Ent. 9, ap. 125

1750 Sofia, Bulgaria


Financial institution: UniCredit Bulbank

Address: Pl. “Sveta Nedelya” 7

1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

IBAN: BG69UNCR70001523159564


By May 1st, 2018 all the participants will be required to remit the remaining portion of the tuition.


Tuition, Room and Board: 3490 euro



A double occupancy* air-conditioned room in Bologna at the Ospitalità San Tommaso d’Aquino, located in the hearth of the Centro Storico.

Meals: daily breakfast and dinner

Photocopies of music

* Single rooms are available upon request for an additional charge of 10 euro per day.



Roundtrip airfare to Bologna, Italy

Lunch meals, snacks & beverages

Streetcar/bus tickets and travel within Italy

Incidental expenses like laundry


Limited scholarships are available under request and committee review and selection.