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The Opéra Studio provides training to eight young singers, two pianists and an assistant conductor, designed to enhance their skills and fast track the development of their professional career.

Training for excellence in Colmar

Artists of the Opéra Studio are selected from the most promising candidates from around the world. Based in Colmar, they spend one or two years honing their skills and technique through a practical curriculum that includes master classes and coaching in a variety of disciplines. This first-class training program caters to the needs of the modern stage and aims to get the artists of each intake started in the professional world.

Participation throughout the season

The young artists-in-training of the Opéra Studio have the chance to perform alongside professionals and work with leading directors and conductors. This season, the singers and pianist are taking part in the musical The Fantasticks, which is on tour in the Grand Est region. They also demonstrate their skills in several recitals as part of our Lyrical Breaks, including the staged Fables of La Fontaine. The young conductor assists in several productions and conducts the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg himself in a public performance of Albéric Magnard's Guercœur.

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Artists in the ’23’24 season

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Sandrine Abello


Musical director

Sandrine Abello is a graduate of the École normale de musique de Paris and the conservatories of Nîmes and Aix-en-Provence. She began her career as a conductor at the Avignon Opera. She then successively joined the teams of the Toulon-Méditerranée Opera, then the Angers Nantes Opera. She is in charge of vocal studies and production at the Dijon Opera. She opened the way to a collaboration between the Jean-Philippe Rameau Conservatory and the Dijon Opera by offering the students of the singing class the opportunity to participate in several opera productions. Particularly interested in skill sharing, she created the Ars Nemausa association, including the Académie de Thil, wich is dedicated to the training of young singers. Her career then turned to choral conducting, at Angers Nantes Opéra and then at the Opéra national du Rhin from 2013 to 2018. Here, she initiated a training program for young singers in collaboration with the Strasbourg Academy of Music. In 2017 she succeeded Ekaterina Nikolova at the music college of the consultative commission for the attribution of deconcentrated aids to the performing arts, Grand Est region. Until July 2021, she is choirmaster at the Opéra de Tours. She has worked with young soloists in training such as Angélique Boudeville, Mathias Vidal, Julien Behr and Julien Dran as well as with established artists such as Joyce Di Donato and Michael Spyres. She collaborates with conductors such as Jeffrey Tate, Myung Whun Chung and John Nelson. In December 2020, she was named Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In August 2021, she joined the Opéra national du Rhin as musical director of the Opéra Studio.

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Application ’25’26

Applications open

• Singers: end of October 2024
• Pianists and conductors: January 2025 according to forecasts.

Application content

• Singers: video recording of two arias, one of which must be in French.
• Pianists: curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, list of works to be played at the audition
• Conductors: curriculum vitae, covering letter, two video excerpts with orchestra

Age limit

• Singers: under 30 years of age on September 1, 2025
• Pianists: under 32 years of age on September 1, 2025
• Conductors: under 35 on September 1, 2025

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Contact us

+33 (0)3 89 29 69 24