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Upcoming productions:  
"Don Giovanni" (Scenes) | W.A. Mozart
Marc Verzatt, Director | Aza Sydykov, Conductor
Rehearsal Dates:
Saturdays February 29; March 7, 14, 21, 2020
Musical coaching: 3 –6 PM 
Acting and staging: 6 – 8 PM
Performance Date:
March 28th, 2020
Eurasia Cultural Center, 114 E. 35 St., New York, NY 10016
All performances are accompanied by piano.

Information about other upcoming EF Opera Studio productions TBA.
Roles Casting:
Don Giovanni, Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira, Leporello, Masetto, Zerlina
Il Commendatore
Please find attached PDF with the list of selections.
The Eurasia Festival’s Opera Studio is a year-round program offering aspiring singers an in-depth study of operatic repertoire with a primary focus on Russian and Eurasian operas. The training and performance program includes intensive musical coachings and staging rehearsals.
The culminating event is a ticketed public performance.  This performance is held at the Festival’s home, the Eurasia Cultural Center in the picturesque Murray Hill section of Manhattan.  
Professional photographs will be made of the performance; and audio and video recordings of the event will also be made available to the participating singers.
The EF's Opera Studio is curated and taught by internationally celebrated stage director and acting coach Marc Verzatt along with acclaimed pianist, vocal coach and conductor Aza Sydykov. 
Mr. Verzatt has staged productions all over the world for such esteemed companies as the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, the Arizona Opera and the opera companies of Fort Worth, Lake George, Madison, Toledo, Atlanta, Kansas City, Baltimore, Idaho, and Mississippi. He has also served on the faculties of various prestigious institutions like the Mannes School of Music and Yale University.
Maestro Sydykov serves as President of the Kyrgyz American Foundation in New York City, which sponsors the Eurasia Cultural Center and the Eurasia Festival as well as various cultural exchange and educational programs. In North Carolina he is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Music Festival.  He has collaborated with numerous world-renowned artists and teachers, including Placido Domingo, Christine Weidinger, Joyce DiDonato, Zurab Sotkilava, Mikhail Svetlov, Arthur Levy, Trish McCaffrey, Mark Schnaible, Beth Roberts, and Robert White.
Important notes:
All singers must be off book by the first rehearsal.
Singers will be called to rehearsals as needed but are encouraged to attend and observe when not called.
All coachings, rehearsals and performances will be held at the Festival’s home – The Eurasia Cultural Center in Murray Hill, Manhattan.
All singers of any age and nation.
Audition information:
Singers should prepare two contrasting arias of their choice in the original language.
Live audition: 
Limited openings available in New York City on February 15-16, 2020.  
Applicants who prefer live auditions must submit their online application by Friday, February 14th, 2020. 
Staff accompanists will be available to all candidates at no cost. 
Video audition:
Students choosing video auditions must submit their application materials by Friday, February 14, 2020.
Application procedure:
Applications for live and video auditions must include the following materials submitted through the festival website at
  • A properly completed application form
  • The applicant’s choice of audition repertoire
  • A video recording (YouTube or Vimeo links). Only for those who choose a video audition.
  • A short resume and bio describing education and experience
An e-mail confirmation will be sent to applicants upon receipt of completed application forms with all required materials. Only applications with all of the above-specified materials will be considered.
Candidates will be notified of their audition results by Monday, February 17, 2020.
Tuition: $600
Application Fee: No application fee
Travel and accommodation:
All expenses outside of tuition are the responsibility of the participant.  These include round trip air travel, visa fees, international travel insurance, hotel costs, and meals. Expenses incurred while taking part in the Festival program will not be paid or reimbursed.  
The Eurasia Festival accepts no liability or responsibility for a participant’s illness or injury or for loss of or damage to a participant’s personal property during transit to or from the site(s) of Festival events or while participating in Festival activities. No expenses for medical costs or emergency services will be paid or reimbursed.
Travel insurance:
Visiting international students must obtain their travel insurance policies covering the entire dates of the program. 
The Eurasia Festival does not discriminate against any race, color, creed, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or religious or political affiliation in the administration of its admissions policies, scholarship or monetary awards, educational practices or any other activities.
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