What is the programme structure?
Our emerging artists attend a full-time, two-year high-ability training and performance programme in opera which includes the opportunity to perform mainstage roles and covers at our main collaborating partner house, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, in addition to extensive repertoire coaching, orchestral showcases, masterclasses, enhanced opera skills training, and recitals in Florence and Venice. A full breakdown of the programme and its components can be found on our Training page.
Who can apply?
Applicants for the programme are accepted from all countries and all nationalities. There is an upper limit of 30 years of age for répétiteurs and all voice types. We recognise that people follow a variety of paths to a classical singing career, however it is rare that we would consider applications from artists over the age of 30. Applicants are expected to have already completed conservatoire or a similar level of training, and/or to have significant performance experience and a proven track record of excellence.
Do applicants need permission to work/study in the EU to apply?
There is no obligation to have permission to work or study in the EU prior to applying for the programme. If non-EEA applicants are offered a place on the programme, it is the candidate’s responsibility to apply for and obtain a study visa and permit on arrival (permesso di soggiorno) required by European law and by the Italian Public Security Authorities as appropriate for people from their country of citizenship.
What material is needed to apply?
A completed application through YAP Tracker.
What repertoire is required for the application?
Links to video recordings of two contrasting arias in different languages, one of which must be in Italian, and one which must include some recitative style delivery.
Links to video recordings of accompanying singers or a singer in one song and two operatic arias, one of which must include recitative.
What does it cost to apply?
There is a €15 submission fee for applications on YAP Tracker.
Where and when are auditions held?
First Round Online Auditions
From Wednesday 1 September 2021 via YAP Tracker.
Second Round Live Auditions:
Livestreamed (non-European residents): Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October 2021
London, UK: Saturday 30 October and Sunday 31 October 2021
Florence, Italy: Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November 2021
Third and Final Round Auditions:
Florence and Venice, Italy: Friday 3 December – Sunday 12 December 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Can applicants bring a pianist, agent, family or friend?
All auditions are closed and applicants may not bring friends, relatives, singing teachers, agents or their own pianist to the audition. Members of the panel speak Italian and German as well as English.
What repertoire/material must be presented at audition?
Singers must offer three arias in different languages, one of which must be in Italian, and one which must include some recitative style delivery, as well as two songs.
Répétiteurs will need to prepare a solo piano piece or movement of approximately 5 minutes in duration and the following two opera scenes: G. Puccini, La bohème, Act I Opening to the entrance of Benoit and W. A. Mozart, Così fan tutte, Act I Scene 1. You will be asked to play while singing in the vocal lines. You will also be given some sight reading.
Who will accompany the audition?
An accompanist will be provided by Mascarade Emerging Artists. Applicants may not bring their own pianist.
What do singers need to bring for the audition?
Singers should bring sheet music for all their offered repertoire for the pianist. They should also bring two copies of a list of their arias for the panel.
What audition wear is appropriate?
Applicants should wear normal daytime audition wear; it is important to feel comfortable during your audition.
How do applicants from non-EEA countries obtain a visa to attend the audition?
Visa applications for attending auditions are not handled by Mascarade Emerging Artists. Applicants who are invited to audition and need a visa to do so can be sent a Letter of Invitation to bring to the local relevant embassy/consulate to apply for a visa. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if this is required.
Is financial assistance available towards attending the audition?
Applicants who reach the third and final round will have their travel and accommodation costs covered.