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Vocal Arts

Vienna Summer Music festival offers an unparalleled experience for emerging opera singers by offering participants the opportunity to perform and train with Vienna's most important musicians.


Arrive June 24th - Depart July 16th, 2024

The Opera Institute 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, including the Wiener StaatsOper, Volksoper, Metropolitan Opera, and more.

PROGRAM FEE: €5500 (Financial assistance is available)

  • Includes: housing, private lessons, coachings, facilities, faculty, masterclasses, visiting guests, cultural excursions



Private Lessons

Vocalists will receive applied voice lessons with a private voice instructor from the Opera Institute faculty. Applied lessons will be individualized to the vocalist’s experience and will focus primarily on vocal technique and repertoire.

Vocal Coachings

Vocalists will receive coachings with a vocal coach from the Vocal Arts faculty. Coachings will be individualized to the vocalist’s personal experience and will focus on repertoire, diction, musicianship, and interpretation.


Vocalists will participate in regular master classes with renowned artists. Vocalists will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with an aria from their repertoire. These master classes will be geared towards crafting an audition ready performance.

Manager Day

We are happy to annouce that we will have five artist agency representatives join on program from the U.S.A and Europe

VSMF 2024 Productions
Performances will take place during the last week of the program

VSMF is passionate about fully producing our shows with quality orchestra and world renowned music and stage directors.  In addition to producing the standard repertoire, VSMF is proud to producing new opera by living composers.  See a complete list of the productions scheduled for the 2024 season.

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Meet the VSMF Voice Faculty

Our world-class faculty have major careers working as professional singers, maestri, vocal coaches, and stage directors.  

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Vincent Connor 

Artistic Director

A native of Winter Park, Florida,Vincent Connor has established himself as prominent and versatile stage director. (Click here to learn more)

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Christian Schulz, Maestro

Artistic Director of the Mozart Collegium Vienna and Music Director of the concert series Schwingungen in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, originates from a well-known Viennese family of musicians.

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David AaronsonVoice Teacher

David Aronson, a native of New York, holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. He began...

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James Pearson, Coach

Professor James E. Pearson was born in Minneapolis (U.S.A.) in 1948 and received piano instruction from the age of nine.

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Daniel Sarge, Coach

Daniel has enjoyed his tenure at the state operas of Hamburg and Vienna, and regularly works with the leading singers of the world such as Erwin Schrott, Elena Zhidkova, Anna Netrebko, and Camilla Nylund. 

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Evelyn Schorkhuber

Evelyn Schörkhuber was born in Steyr, Austria and received her earliest musical training in Waidhofen/Ybbs.

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Sylvia Edelmann

Voice Teacher

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Spain. She studied voice at the Conservatory in her hometown and worked as a soloist in the ballet of Las Palmas.

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Stephanie Houtzeel

Voice Teacher

American mezzo‐Soprano STEPHANIE HOUTZEEL was born in Kassel, Germany and grew up near Boston.

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Stephanie Houtzeel

Voice Teacher

American mezzo‐Soprano STEPHANIE HOUTZEEL was born in Kassel, Germany and grew up near Boston.

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Jennifer Davison, Director/Teacher

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. 

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Elizabeth Hagedorn
Voice Teacher

With her "brilliant and richly coloured sound" (Die Welt), Elizabeth Hagedorn has made a name for herself through multi-faceted character portrayals in the spinto soprano repertoire.

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Kalle Kanttila

Kalle Kanttila is the founder and director of IOA Management. International Opera Artists was established in 2012 and is an agency for opera singers...

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Giuseppe Montesano, Conductor

The musician from Turin studied piano and composition at his hometown conservatory while simultaneously deepening his literary and philosophical interests at the University of Turin.

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Applicants for the Opera Institute 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 visit the application section of the FAQ page.


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.


Video auditions need to be submitted as YouTube links, and audio auditions should be submitted as MP3 files, and should be included in the materials included in the single file sharing link. File names should include the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the creation date of the recording. (Example: Emily Brown_Opera Institute_08/16.MP3)


All applicants will be contacted by The Vienna Summer Music Festival for a phone or video conference interview, and should receive an initial response in 7-10 business days.


An application fee of $35 is required for submission.




Scholarships are available, and will be awarded to select applicants. For those applicants that are interested in applying for scholarship, you should contact us directly at

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