July 3rd - July 18th, 2023
The Audition Academy is a two week intensive program for advanced singers preparing for professional auditions and agent auditions. Singers will work daily with Kalle Koiso-Kanttila of International Artists Management on audition prep and learn about the business of opera. Participants will also work individually with Jennifer Davison on elements of Life Coaching covering topics of mindfulness, career sustainability and finding happiness beyond the stage.
A Word IOA Management | Kalle Kanttila
Arts Manager & Founder | International Opera Artists
"I am excited to join the Vienna Summer Music Festival Audition Academy. I have firsthand witness of the talent that has come through this program and am prepared to share with all incoming participants the opportunity to sing for my network of agents, casting directors, and producers throughout Europe. I look forward to meeting you soon."
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Featured Guest Casting Directors and Agents
Casting Director of Komische Oper Berlin, State Opera Hannover, Opera Bern & Opera Klagenfurt
Audition Academy Program
This program is geared to individuals who are really ready to enter the professional world of opera. This program is small and will consist of no more than fifteen individuals. We want to prepare you for auditions, meet casting directors, and perform in our gala-concert with live orchestra.
Participants will sing for distinguished agents while in Vienna. Singers will receive feedback on their singing, materials and advice while also being considered for their rosters.
Vocalists will receive coachings with a renowned coach working in Vienna. Coachings will be individualized to the vocalist’s personal experience and will focus on repertoire, diction, musicianship, and interpretation.
Participants will perform with the orchestra in a prestigious hall for a public audience and industry professionals from IOAs professional network.
Featured Guest Casting Directors and Agents
Mental Wellness and Psychologist
Selin Tabak is a Psychologist, M. Sc., Yoga Trainer, Mindfulness Trainer and writer with a private office in Izmir/Turkey, where she has been working with individuals as well as companies. She has been holding psychological sessions, yoga and Mindfulness trainings for 16 years, working with clients from all over the world including Austria, England, USA, Japan, Arab Emirates, etc. As a writer, her book “Gaining Power From Loneliness“ was a huge success in Turkey with over 30 000 sold copies, and many of her articles were published in well known Turkish newspapers and TV channels.
Selin Tabak is an alumna of the Psychology Department at Ege University Izmir and holds a masters degree in Psychiatry in Addiction Counselling. Her further education includes trainings in Transactional Analyses, Schema Therapy, EMDR Therapy for Trauma, Family Counselling, Behavioural Cognitive Therapy, Yoga therapy and Mindfulness, as well as a short term training in “Psychology at Work“ at Oxford University.
As a member of the Rotary Club, she fights for animals’ and women rights and supports people in need.
Singer and Researcher
With her “sumptuous voice of unusual power” (Opera America) and her riveting dramatic interpretations, Jennifer Davison has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike for her work on the operatic and concert stages of both Europe and the United States. Highlights of her diverse repertoire include Baroque operas, Mozart and Puccini heroines, as well as numerous contemporary operas and role creations.
Jennifer Davison studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and was a young artist in such prestigious programs as the Wolf Trap Opera, the Merola Opera of the San Francisco Opera Center, and the Ravinia Festival. She won prizes and/or received grants from such institutions as the Palm Beach Opera, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Sullivan Foundation, the San Francisco Opera Center, and the Eleanor McCollum Competition of the Houston Grand Opera.
Jennifer Davison began her career in Europe at the Luzern Theater in Switzerland, where she sang in over 200 performances in repertoire including standard roles like Pamina, Micaela, Zerlina, as well as Baroque operas by Handel and Boismortier, to modern pieces by Britten and Berio, including a co-production with the Luzern Festival of Olga Neuwirth´s Bählamms Fest.
Since 2012 she has made her home in Vienna, Austria, where she has sung leading roles in performances in the Theater an der Wien, the Osterklang Festival Wien, the Wiener Festwochen, the Neue Oper Wien, as well as in concert at the Wiener Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus, and on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper. Recent role debuts include Jenny in Kurt Weill´s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Tirol Landestheater in Innsbruck, as well as Sylva Varescu in Erich Kalman’s The Csardas Princess with the Operette Metropole Baden bei Wien, and the Countess in Mozart´s Marriage of Figaro with the Napier Opera in New Zealand.
An enthusiastic concert singer, Jennifer has sung works by Mendessohn, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Canteloube among others with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Asheville Symphony, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Luzern Sinfonieorchester, and the Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble of the Wiener Symphoniker, and the Wiener Kammerorchester.
In 2017–2018 she will appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall and will be featured with the Erie Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn and Beethoven. She is also looking forward to her role debut as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss´s Der Rosenkavalier with the Landestheater Niederbayern
The VSMF Sunshine festival gives singers the experience of performing professional-level opera on stage with a live orchestra. Participants work with renowned faculty, conductors, stage directors, and coaches from the world’s leading institutions.
PROGRAM FEE: €3750
Includes: housing, private lessons, coachings, facilities, faculty, masterclasses, visiting guests.
Applicants for the VSMF Audition Academy are required to submit two contrasting operatic arias, one of which needs to be sung in French, Italian, or German.
Applicants will provide their Name, Address, Phone number, Email Address, Date of Birth, Education, Voice Type, Current Applied Teacher, Previous Voice Teachers, Web Address, Headshot, Resume, and Audition Materials via the online form provided below.
All application and audition materials including YouTube links, audio files, headshot, resume and must be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud. For questions regarding submitting via file sharing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resumes may be submitted as PDF or Word Document files only, and should include the applicant’s first and last name and program of interest.
Applicants will be contacted after the audition committee reviews the materials. Applicants who advance to the next phase of the application process will be contacted for a phone interview. Applicants are typically contacted within 10 business days from the submission of the application.
An application fee of $25 is required for submission.