High School Program

High School Program

The International Lyric Academy is celebrating 29 years of success by partnering with Opera Carolina. In 2023, the ILA will offer an intensive two-week program in Charlotte, NC starting on June 19.

The International Lyric Academy offers young emerging vocal artists the opportunity to study with internationally acclaimed teachers, coaches, directors and singers from theaters such as La Scala, Arena di Verona and the Metropolitan Opera. Faculty from leading conservatories and universities offer master classes and lessons. Full scale operatic productions and concerts are held in beautiful town of Charlotte, North Carolina. High School program will sing in the Concerts and Recitals and will attend rehearsals and masterclasses.

The academy holds auditions in the fall in Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Des Moines and Montreal. Programs vary according to vocal level and experience. Advanced singers are cast in the full opera program, main stage productions, soloists program, and concert opera program. Younger singers are engaged in the ensemble program (ensemble of the main stage opera), and the specialized high school program. There is also a technical intern program for college students interested in the back stage, costuming, box office and publicity aspects of the festival. The instrumentalists program brings American instrumentalists as part of the chamber orchestra with an international array of musicians.

All vocalist programs offer weekly voice lessons, master classes with faculty from many of the leading music colleges in the U.S., Italian diction/language lessons, repertoire coaching (concert opera program), art song classes (for high school and college level singers) and, for select students, rehearsals for the main stage production (ensemble program requires an extra week).

Tuition includes the program details mentioned above, housing and access to all performances. Airfare is not included. Teachers bringing 6 or more students can chaperone at no charge – paying their own airfare only. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone.

PROGRAM DATES: Charlotte (USA) June 19 – July 2


AUDITION REPERTOIRESingers: Two Italian arias or art songs. One piece must be sung in Italian; a second piece in italian or in another language of your choise. Apply Now


$3900 includes an air conditioned double room in a 4 stars hotel, with wi-fi and breakfast, but does not include airfare and meals.


The 2-weeks program includes:

* Housing

* 3 one-hour private voice lessons with renowned artists and conservatory faculty

* Master classes with renowned artists, conservatory faculty and directors

* Weekly French / Italian art song class

* Weekly sessions in Italian diction and language

* 2-3 concerts highlighting high school students in beautiful Theaters


All participants pay their own travel, meals and insurance.


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