Ensemble, Guests, Opera Studio & Opera Team

 Opera Studio 

Oper Frankfurt’s aim when the Opera Studio opened in 2008/09 was to help young singers embarking on a career by actively supporting them, providing professional teachers to help them hone their skills and, possibly, building a long term relationship with some of these highly qualified young artists.

The reason why it is so important to have an Opera Studio has been proved once again: this season the British bass baritone Thomas Faulkner and Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Pantiukhova were the 10th & 11th singers to join the Ensemble since the Studio was founded in 2008, and former members of the studio return as guests:  Jessica Strong, for Alice Ford in Falstaff,  Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Lina in Stiffelio and Nora Friedrichs sings Fiakermilli in Arabella. This season Julia Dawson, Ingyu Hwang and Ludwig Mittelhammer, now in their second year, are joined by two American sopranos Alison King and Elizabeth Sutphen, the Polish baritone Mikołaj Trąbka and South African bass-baritone Thesele Kemane.

(photographed above, from the left: Mikołaj Trąbka, Ingyu Hwang, Thesele Kemane & Ludwig Mittelhammer, Julia Dawson, Elizabeth Sutphen & Alison King)

They take part in regular masterclasses held by internationally renowned artists and are cast in small, and sometimes not so small roles in productions. All the singers have said that they learn most from taking part in performances. 
Come and follow the artistic development of these artists on stage and in their series of concerts »Opera Studio Soirées« in the Holz Foyer. They help Oper Frankfurt's commitment to helping members of the community enormously - performing in old people's homes and homes for sick people, in hospitals and centres for the disabled, making it possible for people who are unable to get to the opera house because of physical or financial reasons to enjoy some live music. They also take part in specially adapted operas for children on tour to schools in the region and events in the Intermezzo - Opera at Lunchtime , made possible by the Deutsche Bank Stiftung, and Opera to Go series - see Opera for You in the main menu.

Members of the Opera Studio 2016/17

Alison King - soprano
Elizabeth Sutphen - soprano
Julia Dawson - mezzo-soprano
Ingyu Hwang - tenor
Thesele Kemane - bass-baritone
Ludwig Mittelhammer - baritone
Mikołaj Trąbka - baritone


Alison King - soprano
Elizabeth Sutphen - soprano
Jaeil Kim - tenor
Mikołaj Trąbka - baritone
Thesele Kemane - bass-baritone
Iain MacNeil - baritone


Sebastian Weigle, Bernd Loebe Artistic Management
Felice Venanzoni  Head of Artistic Development
Michał Goławski Coach
Thomas Stollberger Organisation
email: opernstudio@buehnen-frankfurt.de

This project has been made possible by generous support from the Deutsche Bank Stiftung, the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main and the Frankfurt Patronatsverein (Patrons) - Sektion Oper

Young singers (women aged 30 or younger, men aged 32 or younger), who have completed their training, are welcome to apply to audition for the Opera Studio. You should send us:

- an up to date c.v. and date of birth
- an up to date photograph
- a list of roles you have studied or sung
- a recent recording (CD, DVD, mp3 or WMA) of 3 arias or Lieder - one of them sung in German, if possible

Applications to join the Opera Studio in the 2017/18 season much reach us by February 28th 2017.

Applications must be sent by post/mail to:

Opernstudio der Oper Frankfurt
Thomas Stollberger
Untermainanlage 11
60311 Frankfurt am Main

We receive an enormous amount of applications every year so we hope you can understand that Oper Frankfurt will only be in contact with you if you are being considered to audition and the material you have sent by post will be not be returned.