Course Description

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The International Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) offers emerging artists an exceptional environment of excellence in the study of opera, oratorio and Lied/Mélodie. Our prestigious staff and guest professors bring their expertise to the vocal and interpretive development of the young professional. The opening opera gala and two additional concerts are planned with the Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra. Recitals take place in Neumarkt and in Bayreuth, among them an open air concert. Language coaching in Italian and German is considered an important facet, as are Alexander Technique sessions.

European agents, promoters, opera directors and festival managers are invited to hold auditions, give seminars and to take part in roundtable discussions with the young artists, thus providing the networking and professional contacts important to the profession.

Through the IMA, many of our participants have found prestigious management and have been engaged at opera houses in Fest-contracts or as guests. Houses who have hired our singers include Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, Frankfurt, Munich, Hannover, Lille, Leipzig, Dresden, Palermo, Basel, Klagenfurt, Zurich, as well as the Metropolitan Opera in New York. There have also been engagements in opera studio programs in Munich,Frankfurt, Dresden and Zurich. In the realm of concert, there are engagement possibilities for recitals and oratorio/orchestral concerts.

In the acoustically famous Reitstadel Hall, the orchestral gala concert and one of the recitals will be recorded by the Bavarian Radio/Studio Franken.

Our Mission

Our goal is to help each singer find the key to his or her own artistry and individual voice. This includes taking the time needed to work the new ideas into the repertoire and into the body.

To facilitate this, we offer extended practice time, both alone, and in rehearsal with a pianist, in our seven practice facilities.


The offer is for 12 to 15 emerging artists, not older than 30 years on August 14, 2015.

We expect our participants to come completely prepared. All music must be memorized.

Location and Course Dates

The IMA takes place from July 5 - August 14, 2015.

Neumarkt is a very welcoming, picturesque town in the Oberpfalz, and is the ideal partner for the IMA: the concert hall, Reitstadel, is renowned for its acoustics; two other large halls with grand pianos are available, as well as seven practice studios (with pianos) and several teaching rooms without pianos. Neumarkt can be reached from Nuremburg in 30 minutes.

St. Joseph´s monastery lies in a beautiful park 15 minutes from city center. All the participants are in residence in single rooms. Bikes are provided by the city.

Neumarkt is also a town which enjoys festivities. The renowned Volksfest ("peoples' party") is held during the IMA weeks, and has proven to be huge fun, right down to being in the parade on an IMA float, and enjoying the rides and beer-tents at the fairgrounds.


Audition Dates

To apply with a DVD in lieu of the live audition is also possible. All applications must be received by December 1, 2014. See the repertoire page. Applications are available via YAPTRACKER.

Financial Terms

The artists will organize and pay for their travel expenses. The IMA can, in exceptional cases, provide a stipend towards travel costs.