Opera Gala

Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) is offering opportunities for soloists to be featured in an Orchestral Opera Gala program, in the Summer 2023. Join singers from throughout the country in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. VIMA combines prestigious performance opportunities and world-class training under the tutelage of our internationally renowned faculty. All VIMA 2023 programs are eligible for academic credit. For more information, please email our office.

Orchestral Opera Gala

Conductor: Maestro Gregory Buchalter, Metropolitan Opera
Repertoire: (Applicants will be assigned one aria, duet, or ensembles. On your application, please list three arias of your choice. Arias will be assigned at the faculty's discretion.):

Duet: Dunque io son (Barbiere di Siviglia) (soprano or mezzo and baritone)
Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (soprano, Mezzo, 2 tenors, baritone, bass)
Duet: O soave fanciulla (la Boheme) (soprano and tenor)
Die Fledermaus: Trio from act 1 (2 sopranos, baritone)
Act 2 Finale: Brüderlein (sing to love) (2 sopranos, 1 Mezzo, 2 baritones)


Orchestra work
Duet: Lakme (soprano and mezzo)
Duet: Mira o Norma from Norma (soprano and mezzo)
Duet from Pearlfishers by Bizet (Tenor and baritone
Rosenkavalier Final trio and duet (2 sopranos, 1 Mezzo)
Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner Die Walküre) (8 women)

Encore: Libiamo from la Traviata (tutti, with soprano and tenor soloists)

Soloists Cost & Inclusions:

  • Soloists in the orchestral Opera Gala sing an aria or duet, and in the opera ensembles, with professional orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Buchalter from The Metropolitan Opera, at world-class concert venues in South Carolina.
  • Perform in one voice recital - Italian Serenata
  • Two 40-minute voice lessons per week
  • Two 40-minute coachings per week
  • Vocal masterclasses
  • Italian language classes
  • Alexander Technique classes
  • Masterclass in movement, stage techniques, stage combat
  • 14 nights lodging in South Carolina, with host families and / or students residencies (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast daily (7 days a week)