Our Program

2017 Season
The International Lyric Academy (ILAR) offers young musicians and singers from all nations an educational and performance opportunity in Italy – Rome, Viterbo, Tarquinia and Soriano nel Cimino. It is affiliated with the Italian American Opera Foundation (IAOF) which is a 501(c)(3) foundation incorporated in California.

During several intensive weeks, ILAR’s emerging artists receive professional coaching and voice lessons, and participate in a full range of master classes, individualized instruction, concerts, recitals and rehearsals culminating in two performances of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by W.A. Mozart. Productions involve full opera scenes in costume with ILAR’s Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, artists participate in the Italian Opera Program, a special session dedicated to opera scenes from Donizetti, Verdi and Mozart along with the opportunity to study the roles with Italian coaches and maestros.

For specific dates, program information and costs, please consult the program list from the menu at left above.


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by W.A, Mozarti, 

LYRIC CONCERTS by Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini, Donaudy, Puccini

STABAT MATER by Pergolesi





Singers benefit from repertoire and diction coaching, Italian language instruction, master classes, acting, training for auditions, and career strategy. Instrumentalists play in ILAR’s professional Symphony Orchestra and in several chamber music concerts.

POSITIONS: Singers – leading roles, supporting roles, soloists, cover understudy, ensemble and chorus. Instrumentalists – orchestra, piano accompanists. Apprentices – assistant conductor, assistant director, technical assistants.

OPPORTUNITIES: Opera productions with professional orchestra, opera in concert with piano and instrumentalist ensemble, recitals, master classes, sacred works with orchestra, chamber music. The Artistic Director may choose a select group of artists for additional auditions in Italy with international agencies and artist managers.

LOCATION: Tarquinia, historical venues and courtyards, Piazza dei Papi and local churches

HOTELS: Academy full tuition includes all classes and accommodations in a marvelous, convenient hotel. All rooms have bathroom and include daily maid service and breakfast. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional cost and must be reserved when the first deposit is due. Lunch and dinner are not included.

ROUNDTRIPS: Roundtrip travel to and from the airport is not included, is the responsibility of each participant and must be reserved on your own.

TOURS: Rome, Florence, Bolsena, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bomarzo are available upon request but are not included.

INSURANCE: All participants must have health insurance in effect during the time period with the Academy. ILAR can recommend a travel insurance company should you need assistance.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available – both merit and need-based.

AUDITIONS: Auditions for singers, ensemble, chorus, apprentices, pianists, conductors and instrumentalists are required. Live auditions or audition tapes (recorded within the last year) are accepted for review.

AUDITION FEE: An initial $40.00 non-refundable audition fee is due at the time of the audition or included with mailed in audition tapes. Checks should be made payable to: IAOF.

PROGRAM FEE and COSTS:  If accepted, please see specific programs listed (at right from the top) for full costs of participation. Send tapes, rèsumè and check payable to the “Viterbo Artemusica”, at the address below:

General Manager

International Lyric Academy in Italy

1163 27th Street, Apt #1

Des Moines, IA 50311


To review information about all our programs, please click the corresponding link on the menu above.


For application materials or to ask questions, please contact:

Meg Courter

Phone: +1 515-205-6680

Whattsapp: +1 323-594-0890

Skype: Internationallyricacademy