The Opera Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2014-15 scholarship recipients: Carlton Ford, Thomas Lehman, John Carpenter, Samantha Korbey.
e are a non-profit organization to support young American opera singers abroad. The Foundation provides scholarships and study grants. Auditions are held annually to award these programs to qualified applicants. Scholarships are currently established with Deutsche Oper (Berlin) , Teatro Regio (Torino) , and the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich).
The Opera Foundation was originally launched in 1986 as the American Berlin Opera Foundation. Its purpose is to support young American opera singers abroad via scholarships and study grants, to foster cross cultural ties between the United States and other important opera supporting countries. The first scholarship program was established in 1986 with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, thanks to the late Professor Götz Friedrich. In 2008, a second scholarship program was established with Teatro Regio Torino, thanks to Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and the initiative of Fiorenza Scholey-Cohen. In 2012, we announced a 3rd scholarship program with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
The Foundation has awarded 50 scholarships since inception, including study grants for voice coaching and linguistic purposes. The Opera Foundation is proud in the fact that many of our singers have gone on to build long lasting careers in the operatic world beyond our programs. Please click on our "Introduction" page to view a short film on our history and programs.
The idea to establish the first scholarship program was the brainchild of Professor Götz Friedrich, the legendary "Intendant" and creative force behind the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Professor Friedrich, along with his American-born wife, the soprano, Karan Armstrong, together with an enthusiastic group of New York-based supporters, envisioned this program for young American singers as a cross-cultural bridge between the United States and Germany. In 2008 this cross-cultural bridge was extended to include Italy and the Teatro Regio di Torino.
Over the years, the Foundation's supporters have expanded to include individuals and corporations from all over the world, drawing from the rich cultural and corporate diversity of New York City and its environment. In 2006, the Foundation changed its name to The Opera Foundation, in recognition of its more diverse contributor base and expanding scholarship activities throughout the world. It is the Opera Foundation's goal to continue expanding its scholarship activities where it believes it can make a difference in the development of young opera talent, in the spirit of cultural exchange between the United States and beyond.
Dr. Bernd - A. von Maltzan (1986 to 1990)
Dr. Stephan Hess (1990 to 1991)
Alexander T. Ercklentz (1991 to 2006)
Bernhard Köpp (2006 to present)
Christa (Dixy) Drechsler (1986 to 1994)
Elizabeth Walbröl (1994 to present)
Joachim Graf von Arnim (1990 to 1991)
Christoph Marx (1991)
Hans-Konrad Graf Finck von Finckenstein (1991 to 1993)
Bernhard Köpp (1993 to 2006)
Sherif Lofti (2006 to present)
George Berlstein (1986 to 2005)
Stephanie Denkowicz (2005 to present)
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Christa (Dixy) Drechsler
Dr. Alard von Rohr
Professor Götz Friedrich
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Princess Tassilo von Fürstenberg
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Dr. Martin Bussmann
Dr. Daniel Mahler
Enjoy this short film about the scholarship programs supported by the Opera Foundation at Deutsche Oper Berlin since 1986 and Teatro Regio Torino since 2008. This film follows Bass-Baritone John Paul Huckle, Baritones Nathan De'Shon Myers and James J. Kee during their 10 month programs. The film includes commentary by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, Soprano and Founder Karan Armstrong, and Deutsche Oper Berlin's Opera Director, Christoph Seuferle. Copies of the film are available from the Foundation if requested.
film by Tina Flemmerer ...(seen below)
"Curt Engelhorn Scholarship"
The Berlin scholarship is currently directed by DOB's Intendant, Dietmar Schwarz, formerly of the Basel Opera. He is joined by Opera Director, Christoph Seuferle who directs our scholarship program. Our scholarship winners have been an integral part of DOB's ensemble since 1986. Many of our scholarship winners have received permanent contracts at DOB 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.
"amber capital Scholarship"
The Turin scholarship 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 TRT ensemble since 2008. Many of our Turin scholarship singers have also been given the opportunity to sing at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
"Björn Eklund Scholarship"
The Munich scholarship launched in 2012 at the Bavarian State Opera's young artist 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.
The Opera Foundation congratulates the current winners:
2014-15 Scholarship #1 at Deutsche Oper Berlin: Thomas Lehman, Baritone from MIAMI, FL was awarded the 19 th annual Curt Engelhorn Scholarship. The scholarship is generously supported by the prominent German industrialist's family since 1996.
2014-15 Scholarship #2 at Deutsche Oper Berlin: Baritone, Carlton Ford from Miami,FL is the recipient of the 29th annual American-Berlin Scholarship 2013-14
2014-15 Scholarship #3 at Teatro Regio Torino: Samantha Korbey, Mezzo Soprano from PITTSBURGH, PA was awarded the sixth annual Amber Capital Scholarship. The Scholarship was established in 2008 with the generous support of the investment management firm, Amber Capital LLC.
2014-15 Scholarship #4 at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Opern Studio: John Carpenter, Baritone from MOORESTOWN, NJ was awarded the second annual 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.
Description of Scholarships:
Each professional scholarship constitutes a young artist program at each of the three partnering opera houses. Applicants who have been chosen to attend the Foundation auditions compete for one of four scholarships (two 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 conducts a single audition for all of our scholarships. Judges include the senior representatives of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, and Die Bayerische Staatsoper.
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 to start his or her professional training with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. 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 $1,300 to cover transportation between the United States and Berlin, Munich, and Turin.
Each winner signs an additional contract with the respective opera house including additional benefits. The general terms of these benefits are as follows: The Berlin, Turin and Munich scholarships 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.
January 16th: Application Deadline
January 23rd: First Selection Response
February 3rd: Audition
February 5th: Final Selection Response
June: End of Scholarships
August: Opera in the garden. Hamptons
September 15th: Start of Sholarships
November 25th: Gala
The 29th annual Opera Gala will be held the 25th of November of 2014 at the University Club. 1 West 54th Street. New York City. This annual fund-raising event owes its success to a number of generous individuals and corporate sponsors.
The Opera Gala has been a meeting place for Opera lovers for many years. It has also been used by many corporations and individuals as an ideal venue for client entertainment.
On November 26th we celebrated our 28th annual Opera Gala. We started at 7 pm wtih cocktails and live music followed at 8 pm by a formal dinner, and included performances by recipients of Scholarships.
The 2013 Guest of Honor was Soprano, Angela Meade. Previous Guests of Honor included:
Karan Armstrong, Hildegard Behrens, Francisco Casanova, Vladimir Chernov, Diana Damrau, Ghena Dimitrova, Plácido Domingo, Alexander T. Ercklentz, Simon Estes, Barbara Frittoli, Denyse Graves, Kirsten Harms, Ben Heppner, Kristan Johannsson, Dr. Bernd von Maltzan, Eva Marton, Maestro Kurt Masur, Angela Meade, Sherrill Milnes, Rene Pape, Luciano Pavarotti, Hermann Prey, Samuel Ramey, Maestro Julius Rudel, Matti Salminen, Bryn Terfel, Maestro Christian Thielemann, Joseph Volpe, Bernd Weiki, Robert Wilson, Gösta Winberg.
You may support the Foundation's activities by making a direct tax deductible donation or by taking part in our annual fundraising event, the Opera Gala, typically held in November. All individual contributors and corporate sponsors will be acknowledged in our website unless they would like to remain anonymous.
We encourage individuals, corporation and foundations to become long-term sponsors of our scholarships. This entails a minimum 2-3 year commitment to underwrite a scholarship at US$16,000 per year. This commitment includes naming rights of the scholarship giving the sponsor maximum exposure to promote, for example, a corporation or foundation's commitment to the Arts. The Scholarship may also be established to honor a certain individual.
To take part in our annual Opera Gala, you may participate at the Benefactor level, which entitles you to a table for 10 at $10,000, and acknowledgement in the event's program and other special privileges throughout the year, including a private invitation to attend our annual auditions. You may also participate at the Sponsor level, which entitles you to a table of 10 at $5,000.
Individual Benefactor or Sponsor tickets can be purchased at $1,000 or $500 per person, respectively. In accordance with Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, any amounts in excess of $200 per person will be allowed as a charitable contribution deduction.
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Auditions - Monday, February 3rd, 2014 DEADLINE for postmark is January 16th, 2014.
We are pleased to announce our 28th Annual Scholarship Competition giving young American singers the opportunity to work and study at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, three of Europe's most prestigious opera companies. Up to a total of four scholarships will be awarded for the 2014-15 season. The confirmed date for the auditions is Monday, February 3rd 2014 at Merkin Hall, New York City.
The scholarship competition is open to us citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 30. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in New York auditions. Transportation to and from New York is at the candidate's own expense. Applications must be postmarked by January 16th, 2014.
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