The curriculum of our 2 year postgraduate programme consists of many hours of coaching in the repertoire, language coaching and training in acting. Attention is also paid to musicology and dramaturgy (libretto and performance analysis). Students are intensively prepared for professional practice and the unavoidable auditions by means of targeted courses.
Our teachers have direct links with international professional practice and know from experience how to prepare their students for it.

IOA is delighted with its cooperation with several major European opera houses: Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen, La Monnaie/De Muntthe Aalto Musiktheater in Essen (Germany), Opera Oviedo (Spain) & de Nederlandse Reisopera (the Netherlands)
The course takes two years: it is mainly in the second year that time is made for internships and participation in productions and concerts with above mentioned partners and other musical-theatre companies.

IOA invites performing artists who actually work with these companies to share their experience with our students. In addition, we invite renowned performers to give master classes.

As well as numerous projects and concerts in the course of the two years, the second year also involves a fully staged opera production with orchestra.