EURASIA FESTIVAL OPERA STUDIO
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.
Singers should prepare two contrasting arias of their choice in the original language.
Collaborative pianists should present two contrasting chamber works.
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.
Applicants choosing video auditions must submit their application materials by Friday, March 13th, 2020.
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