The 2020 Summer Program dates and repertoire:
Session I: June 1-20, 2020
Iolanta | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Marc Verzatt, Director | Aza Sydykov, Conductor 
Aleko | Sergei Rachmaninoff | Marc Verzatt, Director | Aza Sydykov, Conductor
Session II: July 1-20, 2020
Eugene Onegin (Highlights) | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Marc Verzatt, Director | Aza Sydykov, Conductor
All opera performances are accompanied by piano.
Eurasia Festival’s Opera Studio offers singers and collaborative pianists from all over the world a unique opportunity to explore and study the operatic and art song legacies of Russia and Eurasia through an intensive educational and performing experience in New York City.
The study program includes daily group diction classes and individual coaching, introductory lectures on Russian and Eurasian cultures, seminars in music career development, audition preparation training sessions, open master classes, and public performance opportunities. 
The EF 2020 Summer Opera Studio performance opportunities include the Festival’s main stage presentations at The Eurasia Cultural Center in New York City. 
Selected students will perform at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. scheduled on June 23rd and 24th, 2020.
The Opera Studio artists will receive a variety of artist promotional services, including event and promotional photography, videography and digital publicity. 
The faculty of the Institute includes:
Marc Verzatt, International Stage Director, Lecturer in Voice and Opera, member of the voice department at Mannes School of Music, who has directed productions with the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Florida Grand Opera.
Aza Sydykov, acclaimed pianist and conductor, graduate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and New York’s Mannes School; President of Kyrgyz American Foundation, Artistic Director of the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina.
Craig Ketter, renowned concert pianist, teacher and vocal coach, who has collaborated with Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Margaret Jane Wray, Samuel Ramey, Paul Plishka, and Nathan Gunn. He is a faculty member at the New Jersey City University. 
Nikoleta Rallis, operatic soprano; President of Wilmington Music Festival; Founder of Olympia Arts.
The Eurasia Festival’s Summer Opera Studio is open to singers and collaborative pianists of any age and nation.
Audition information:
Singers should prepare two contrasting arias of their choice in the original language.
Collaborative pianists should present two contrasting chamber works.
Live audition: 
Limited openings available in New York City on March 14h and 15th, 2020.  Students preferring live auditions must submit their online application by Friday, March 13th, 2020. All applicants are guaranteed a live audition.
Staff accompanists will be available to all applicants at no cost. 
Video audition:
Applicants choosing video auditions must submit their application materials by Friday, March 13th, 2020.
Application procedure:
Applications for live and video auditions must include the following materials submitted through the festival website at
  • A properly completed application form
  • The applicant’s choice of audition repertoire
  • A video recording (YouTube or Vimeo links). Only for those who choose a video audition.
  • A short resume and bio describing education and experience
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $25
Email confirmation will be sent to applicants upon receipt of completed application forms with all required materials. Only applications with all of the above-specified materials will be considered.
Candidates will be notified of their audition results by Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
Tuition and fees:
Tuition: $2,500
Merit scholarships up to 75% are available to candidates selected on the basis of the quality of their performances on the auditions.
Application Fee: $25
Travel and accommodation:
All expenses outside of tuition are the responsibility of the participant.  These include round trip air travel, visa fees, international travel insurance, hotel costs, and meals. Expenses incurred while taking part in the Opera Studio will not be paid or reimbursed.  
The Eurasia Festival accepts no liability or responsibility for a participant’s illness or injury or for loss of or damage to a participant’s personal property during transit to or from the site(s) of Festival events or while participating in Festival activities. No expenses for medical costs or emergency services will be paid or reimbursed.
Travel insurance:
Visiting international students must obtain their travel insurance policies covering the entire dates of the program. 
The Eurasia Festival does not discriminate against any race, color, creed, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or religious or political affiliation in the administration of its admissions policies, scholarship or monetary awards, educational practices or any other activities.


Eurasia Opera has previously presented masterclasses by: 
Vera Danchenko-Stern, celebrated pianist, distinguished member of the voice faculty at Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University, Russian diction coach at the Washington National Opera, Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Art Society in Washington DC.
Arthur Levy, distinguished member of the voice faculties at Mannes School of MusicManhattan School of Music, SUNY Purchase and the The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Marc Verzatt, International Stage Director, Lecturer in Voice and Opera, member of the voice department at Mannes School of Music.
Aza Sydykov, acclaimed concert pianist and conductor, Artistic Director of the Eurasia Festival and the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina.
Craig Ketter, Renowned concert pianist and vocal coach, faculty member of New Jersey City University. 
Jonathan Levin, President of the Clayton Piano Festival in North Carolina, co-founder of the Eurasia Festival and Director of Pixel Mojo Productions.
Eurasia Cultural Center 
at The New York New Church
114 E. 35 St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
By Appointment Only
Mailing Address:
79 Avenue O, Suite B1
Brooklyn, NY 11204
Tel: 646-641-5110
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