Breaking News! Mark Trawka of Pittsburgh Opera named TOP Music Director for 2014.
TOP is a summer opera training program located in Maurach, Austria on Lake Achen (Achensee), in the beautiful Tyrolean Alps. TOP provides a unique opportunity for singers and pianists to receive training in classical opera in the birthplace of the art form—the heart of Europe. North Americans and Austrians work together to study voice, acting, dance and the German or English language.
TOP trains the whole performer!
TOP participants graduate with enhanced skills for their operatic careers. Our staff of internationally recognized professionals will share their experiences and help you to hone your skills in voice, acting, movement, and dance as well as in speaking the German language.
Pianists work with conductors and senior coaches from Milan, Munich, and Berlin, while adding to their knowledge of the operatic repertoire. TOP is dedicated to training the whole performer. How do you climb the stairs gracefully in a hoopskirt? How do you sit while wearing a sword? Emphasis is placed on the practical skills involved in addressing these challenges. Workshops in career management and life skills help participants prepare for life as a freelancer.
For only when all these things are integrated can one create Art.