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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to sing the whole role in the opera being performed?
Yes. The entire opera will be performed in its original language, with standard cuts in the recitativi and ensembles. We use the Bärenreiter editions of Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte, and the Ricordi (1962 Mario Parenti) edition of La Cenerentola.
Is the production with orchestra or piano?
Don Giovanni will be performed with professional orchestra (the Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt), in five performances in the mainstage season of Theater Rudolstadt. This is an original production, with sets and costumes designed by the design team of Theater Rudolstadt specifically for our production.
Die Zauberflöte and La Cenerentola will be performed with piano and cembalo. There will be six performances of each opera, primarily in our historic mainstage theatre in Weimar, but also in several prestigious locations and festivals throughout the region.
Will I be able to sing for an agent?
Yes. Each year various state agents, known as Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung (ZAV) as well as private agents hold auditions in Weimar exclusively for LOSW participants. They often will also attend one or more of the performances. Since our inaugural year in 2008, many of our singers have received offers to sing professionally in German theatres as a direct result of their agent auditions at the Studio. (For more information on our alums and where they are working, please see our Alumni page.)
Are the productions multi-cast?
All roles for Don Giovanni are double or triple cast, and all roles for Die Zauberflöte and La Cenerentola are triple or quadruple cast, depending on the role. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of one performance per role assignment, provided the role is adequately prepared prior to arrival in Weimar. In addition, participants will sing in the chorus on nights when not singing their assigned role. In this way, all participants will sing in every performance of the opera. In addition, participants are also guaranteed equal staging rehearsal and coaching time as dictated by size and depth of role.
Performance cast groupings (meaning who will sing on which night) will be decided in the final production week of the program. Faculty reserves the right to remove an individual from his or her role if the singer is not sufficiently prepared.
What are the accommodations at the Studio? Will I have roommates?
Accommodations are shared dormitory-style, in large, spacious rooms with private showers and washrooms on each floor.
What does 'half-board' mean?
Half board means you will be provided with breakfast six days per week, and hot lunch (European dinner) five days per week. You are responsible for your own dinner each day. There are several reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance that offer both take-out and eat-in meals. You can eat well for around € 10 per day in Weimar.
Do I need a visa for Germany?
If you are a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a visa. If you are American or Canadian, and intend to visit Germany for a period NOT exceeding three months, you do not require a visa. If you want to extend your stay over three months you will need to apply for an extension. You can do this prior to arriving (check with your local German consulate) or when you are in Germany. If you are from a country not mentioned above, please check with your local German Consulate for visa requirements.
What is the language of the Studio?
The language of instruction is English, however there will be daily German language instruction for the first two weeks of the program.
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