Join Our Programs

Our scholarships provide the opportunity for young artists to participate in programs provided by one of our four partnering opera houses.

Applicants who have been chosen to attend the Opera Foundation's auditions compete for one of up to six scholarships. We offer scholarships for Berlin, Turin, Munich, and Amsterdam. Applicants may not choose one scholarship over the other or opt out of any one when applying. The Opera Foundation will conduct a single audition for all of our scholarships. Judges for the auditions include the senior representatives of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, Die Bayerische Staatsoper and Dutch National Opera.

Applications are currently closed, 2021 auditions have been cancelled.
We will reimburse application fees to current applicants.

Scholarship Details

Each scholarship is dedicated to a designated opera house or studio.

Scholarship recipients will travel to Berlin, Munich, Turin and/or Amsterdam. The term of scholarship is typically 10-11 months starting in September.

Each winner of a scholarship signs a Letter Agreement with the Opera Foundation, which explains the terms of the scholarship: a stipend in the amount of US $16,000 and travel expenses of $4,000 to cover transportation.

Each winner signs an additional contract with their respective opera house including additional benefits. The benefits may vary but typically include approximately a €700 per month stipend from the hosting opera house to cover housing and access to healthcare benefits. These additional benefits are governed by the contract negotiated between the participating opera house and the scholarship winner. These terms are subject to change based on currency fluctuations and/or other considerations dictated by the participating opera house.

During the year, the students receive advanced training and are offered roles in actual productions for which they may receive additional compensation. Recipients are encouraged to participate in language courses in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The scholarship competition is currently only open to US citizens or permanent resident card holders, between the ages of 18 and 30 who are beginning their professional singing careers. Professional representation is not a requirement.

Our Scholarships

Curt Engelhorn Scholarship

The scholarship is generously supported by the prominent German industrialist's family since 1996.

Amber Capital Scholarship

The Scholarship was established in 2008 with the generous support of Joseph Oughourlian of the investment management firm, Amber Capital LLC.

Björn Eklund Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2013 by the Eklund and Dupire families in memory of their late son and brother, Björn Eklund.

2020 - 2021 Scholarship Winners

James Ley, Tenor

James Ley, Tenor

Bayerische Staatsoper

Opera Foundation’s Scholarship

Tyler Zimmerman, Bass-Baritone

Tyler Zimmerman, Bass-Baritone

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Björn Eklund Scholarship

Rebecca Pedersen, Soprano

Rebecca Pedersen, Soprano

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Curt Engelhorn Scholarship

Gabriel Wernick, Baritone

Gabriel Wernick, Baritone

Teatro Regio di Torino

Opera Foundation's Scholarship

Gina Perregrino, Mezzo-Soprano

Gina Perregrino, Mezzo-Soprano

Teatro Regio di Torino

Amber Capital Scholarship

Jose Simerilla Romero, Tenor

Jose Simerilla Romero, Tenor

Dutch National Opera

Opera Foundation's Scholarship

Our Partner Opera Houses

The Berlin Scholarship is currently directed by Deutsche Oper Berlin's Intendant, Dietmar Schwarz. He is joined by Opera Director, Christoph Seuferle. Our scholarship winners have been an integral part of Deutsche Oper Berlin's ensemble since 1986. Many of our scholarship winners have received permanent contracts following the completion of their program.

The Turin Scholarship is under the direction of General Manager and Artistic Director Sebastian F. Schwarz. Our scholarship winners have been an integral part of the Teatro Regio Torino ensemble since 2008. Starting in 2020, Sovrintendere Sebastian Schwarz founded the Teatro Regio’s Opera Studio thanks to the Opera Foundation’s support.

The Munich Scholarship launched in 2012 at the Bavarian State Opera under the direction of Tobias Truniger. The Bavarian State Opera's young artist program is called the "Opera Studio" and was founded in 2006 on the initiative of music director Kent Nagano. This program supports highly talented young artists and prepares them for an international career in step with actual practice. The promotion of young artists continues to play an important role in the success of the Bavarian State Opera.

The Amsterdam Scholarship was launched in 2020 with the collaboration of the Dutch National Opera’s Artistic Director, Sophie de Lint. Scholarship winners join the Dutch National Opera Studio under the direction of Rosemary Joshua. She was appointed as head of the Dutch National Opera Studio in September 2018, to build a relevant international program supporting and representing some of the brightest talents of the new generation.