International Opera academy

The International Opera Academy “ASTANA OPERA” announces the recruitment of candidates for training – 2023-2025 season.

Requirements for training applicants

Candidates aged 18-35 with higher, secondary professional (completed/incomplete) music education are invited to take part in the auditions.

The age of the candidate should be reached on 01.10.2023.

Soprano Mezzo-Soprano Contralto Countertenor Tenor Baritone Bass
First audition – online format

The submission period for participation in the audition is held from 1.07.2023 to 30.08.2023

To participate in the audition, please send the documents and video to the organiser’s email:

Repertoire list of 5 arias (the list must comprise arias in three or more languages) of which:

- one is an expanded aria of a Western European or Russian composer,

- one chamber piece (romances by Western European, Russian and Kazakhstani composers).

Provide a link to the video of the two arias on the YouTube channel. The works should belong to different styles and eras. Performing arias in different languages is encouraged.

The video recording must be made no earlier than 6 months before sending the application. The video must not be a recording from a concert or performance. Clear sound quality and good visibility of the candidate performer is required.

Both arias must be recorded on the same video. Editing of video recording is strictly prohibited.

These arias can be re-performed on subsequent auditions, but in live performance.

The number of participants in the first audition is not limited.


List of documents



Second audition – live performance with piano accompaniment

(in case of strengthening of restrictions due to the epidemiological situation, the audition will take place in an online format)

The second audition is held in Astana, at the Astana Opera House on 28, 29.09.2023


—Two different arias chosen by the committee (from the list)

—One chamber vocal work

The candidate ensures the performance of the accompanist independently, having previously indicated in the electronic questionnaire on the website.

If an accompanist is needed, the candidate must inform the organiser in advance.

The number of participants in the second audition is no more than 40 people.