“Bologna International Opera Academy” July 10 – July 24, 2017



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 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 is a recital performed in the “Sala Foyer Respighi” of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which is one of the most important and historic opera houses in Italy and in all of Europe. Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner have both premiered operas in this breathtaking and iconic venue.

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.




  • Guenko Guechev, Bass-Baritone, Duquesne University, USA: Voice, Acting, Vocal Coaching, Auditions technique seminar

  • Xiu-ru Liu, Mezzo-Soprano, Duquesne University, USA: Voice




  • Master classes

  • Individual voice lessons

  • Individual coaching on arias and ensembles

  • Career in Opera seminar

  • Class in Stanislavsky acting technique

  • Musical/dramatic preparation

  • Final Concert at the Sala Foyer of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna

  • Audition for opera industry professionals


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 www.youtube.com, Youku.com, or file sharing services like www.wetransfer.com is recommended.


All links/uploads must be submitted via email to: office@phoenixartnetwork.com


The deadline for submitting an online application and audition materials: February 15, 2017

By March 25, 2017 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 500 euro to our bank account:


Euro Atlantic Art Foundation

IBAN: BG36FINV91501216650593

By June 15, 2017 all the participants will be required to remit the remaining portion of the tuition.


Tuition, Room and Board: 2950 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

An excursion to Milano, visiting the Museum of Teatro alla Scala and Cenacolo Vinciano (The last supper by Leonardo da Vinci)



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.