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

Applicants who have been chosen to attend the Opera Foundation's auditions compete for one of our four scholarships. We offer two scholarships for Berlin, one for Turin, and one for Munich. 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, and Die Bayerische Staatsoper.

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Scholarship Details

Each scholarship is dedicated to a designated opera house or program but singers may be released at the opera house's discretion to sing at the other participating houses should the opportunity arise.

Scholarship recipients will travel to Berlin, Munich and/or Turin. The term of scholarship is 10 months (September to June) for Berlin and Turin, and 11 months for Munich (September to July).

Each winner of a scholarship signs a contract with the Opera Foundation, and receives a stipend in the amount of US $16,000 and travel expenses of $1,600 to cover transportation between the United States and Berlin, Munich, and Turin.

Each winner signs an additional contract with their respective opera house including additional benefits. The benefits include an approximately €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. The Opera Foundation facilitates housing in Berlin, Munich and Turin and recipients are encouraged to participate in language courses in Germany and Italy. 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.

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 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.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Joshua Sanders

Joshua Sanders, Tenor

Teatro Regio Torino

Amber Capital Scholarship

Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy, Baritone

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Curt Engelhorn Scholarship

Sandra Hamaoui

Sandra Hamaoui, Soprano

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Björn Eklund Scholarship

Our Partner Opera Houses

The Berlin program 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. Many have also been given the opportunity to sing at Teatro Regio Torino and other opera houses in Europe.

The Turin program is under the direction of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, General Manager Walter Vergnano, and Artistic Director Alessandro Galoppini. Our scholarship winners have been an integral part of the Teatro Regio Torino ensemble since 2008. Many of our Turin program singers have also been given the opportunity to sing at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Launched in 2012 at the Bavarian State Opera, this program is under the direction of Henning Ruhe. 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.