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Programs in USA - International Lyric Academy in USA & Italy


2024 Season – 30 Years Celebrating 

June 9 - July 6

The International Lyric Academy is celebrating 30 years of success by partnering with Opera Carolina. In 2024, the ILA will offer two intensive programs, one in Charlotte, NC, and one in Italy, Vicenza. Students will be offered a unique life experience and the possibility to perform in both countries, including special bundled discounts and scholarships. During this 3-week program in Charlotte, young musicians and singers from across the world receive professional coaching and voice lessons, and participate in a full range of masterclasses, individualized instruction, concerts, recitals and rehearsals culminating in 2 fully staged performances of GIANNI SCHICCHI and SUOR ANGELICA by G. Puccini. Apply Now



G. Puccini, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi


G. Puccini, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Lyric Concerts

LYRIC CONCERTS: Opera, Lieder, Chansons and Musical Theatre


for Orchestra Musicians according with their repertoire


W. A. Mozart, Exsultate Jubilate K.165

G. B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater


G. Puccini, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

W. A. Mozart, Exsultate Jubilate K.165

G. B. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater


C. M. Schönberg, Les Misérables (full production)

Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer

POSITIONS: Singers – leading roles, supporting roles, soloists, cover understudy, ensemble and chorus. Instrumentalists – orchestra, piano accompanists. Apprentices – assistant conductor, assistant director, technical assistants.

OPPORTUNITIES: Opera productions with professional orchestra, opera in concert with piano and instrumentalist ensemble, recitals, master classes, sacred works with orchestra, chamber music. The Artistic Director may choose a select group of artists for additional auditions in Italy with international agencies and artist managers.

LOCATION: Charlotte, NC; Halton Theater, Tate Hall 

Central Piedmont Community College – Central Campus (Elizabeth Avenue)

HOTELS: Academy full tuition includes all classes and accommodations in a marvelous, convenient hotel. All rooms have bathroom and include daily maid service and breakfast. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional cost and must be reserved when the first deposit is due. Lunch and dinner are not included.


ROUNDTRIPS: We suggest to use Uber, Lift, or private taxi transportation.



ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES (Please read the following details)

FULL OPERA PROGRAM, PIANISTS, ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTORS: Arrive in Charlotte Airport (CLT) June 9 and depart from Charlotte July 1.

ENSEMBLE PROGRAM, YOUTH ACADEMY, TECHNICAL APPRENTICES PROGRAM: Arrive in Charlotte Airport (CLT) June 16 and depart from Charlotte July 1.

SOLOISTS PROGRAM: Arrive in Charlotte Airport (CLT) June 16 and depart from Charlotte June 26.

CONCERT PROGRAM: Arrive in Charlotte Airport (CLT) June 23 and depart from Charlotte July 1.

MUSICAL THEATRE: Arrive in Charlotte Airport (CLT) June 23 and depart from Charlotte July 6.

INSURANCE: All participants are covered by a general insurance which includes all the activities inside the ILA facilities for the entire period of the Program. However, to join the International Lyric Academy you must have your own travel insurance. However, to join the International Lyric Academy you must have your own travel insurance.  Please be sure that your insurance policy covers you for all relevant ACTIVITIES you will be engaging upon on your Academy period & TRIP CANCELLATION. Depending on the policy and conditions, travel cancellation insurance will pay for some or all cancellation fees. Please note that without Travel Insurance Policy you will be responsible for all the costs associated with cancellation. ILA STRONGLY RECOMMENDS TO PURCHASE A TRAVEL



SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available – both merit and need-based.


AUDITIONS: Auditions for singers, ensemble, chorus, apprentices, pianists, conductors and instrumentalists are required. Live auditions or audition tapes are accepted for review.


AUDITION FEE: An initial $40.00 non-refundable audition fee is due at the time of the audition or included with mailed in audition tapes. Checks should be made payable to: International Lyric Academy or pay online here.


PROGRAM FEE and COSTS:  If accepted, please see specific programs listed (at right from the top) for full costs of participation. Send tapes, resume and check payable to the “International Lyric Academy”, at the address below:


International Lyric Academy in Italy

C/o Opera Carolina

1600 Elizabeth Ave

Charlotte, NC - 28204

To review information about all our programs, please click the corresponding link on the menu above.


For application materials or to ask questions, you can contact:

Phone/Whatsapp: +1 323-594-0890

Stefano Vignati - ILA Artistic Director & Founder

Artistic Director’s Welcome

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I’m excited and honored to officially announce the beginning of our Celebrations for the 30 Year's anniversary of the International Lyric Academy.

When I created this program 30 years ago in Rome, Italy, it was only a dream, and today it is a concrete reality that is still helping thousands of young Artists in developing their careers.

To commemorate our Anniversary, we are working hard to create a very special 2024 Season for you all. We hope you will join our International Lyric Academy summer program which will be full of Music and emotions. We encourage you to share it with your friends, to continue to support the growing of new generations of Musicians.

Stefano Vignati

Artistic Director & Founder

The ILA Group in Italy


Singers rarely make a direct jump from being a full-time student to launching a full-time professional career. 


International Lyric Academy was created to help facilitate that transition. 


Sometimes professional singers must remain poised and steady under pressure, and when they are fresh out of school they usually do not yet have enough experience to prove to opera companies that they have the confidence they need to turn their passion into a real job .


International Lyric Academy provide that experience as well as exposure to opera professionals who can help launch your career.

We want  help musicians find their place in the music industry by guiding them toward their own unique definition of success.



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