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Eurasia Festival’s Opera Institute offers singers and collaborative pianists from all over the world a unique opportunity to explore and study the operatic and art song legacies of Russia and Eurasia through an intensive educational and performing experience in New York City. 

Role study sessions and repertoire:

Eugene Onegin 

Session 1 | Coaching dates: Between January 10 – 31, 2022







Session 2 | Coaching dates: Between February 5 – 25, 2022



René, King of Provence

Robert, Duke of Burgundy

Count Vaudémont, a Burgundian knight

Ibn-Khakia, a Moorish physician  


Pique Dame 

Session 3 | March 5 – 25, 2022



Count Tomsky


Prince Yeletsky


The study:

10 Individual coaching sessions with a focus on the basics of Russian diction, musical style, phraseology, dramatic realization, and performance skills


The curriculum of the Institute's role study sessions includes weekly public performances (opera scenes, arias, and art songs) at the Festival’s beautiful home, The Eurasia Cultural Center in Murray Hill, Manhattan. 


The EF's Opera Institute is curated and taught by the festival’s founder and artistic director, internationally acclaimed pianist, vocal coach, and conductor Aza Sydykov. A graduate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and New York’s Mannes School of Music, 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.  He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina.  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.



All singers of any age and nation

Video prescreening:

Singers should submit a video recording of two contrasting arias of their choice in the original language

Fee: $1,250

Once you receive written confirmation of your acceptance into the role study program, you will receive instructions of how to send payment via check, PayPal, or Zelle.

To participate e-mail the following to

  • Resume

  • Headshot

  • Session/(s) of interest

  • Role/(s) of interest

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 Masterclasses previously presented by Eurasia Festival Opera Insitute: 
Vera Danchenko-Stern, celebrated pianist, distinguished member of the voice faculty at Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University, Russian diction coach at the Washington National Opera, Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Art Society in Washington DC.
Arthur Levy, distinguished member of the voice faculties at Mannes School of MusicManhattan School of Music, SUNY Purchase and the The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Marc Verzatt, International Stage Director, Lecturer in Voice and Opera, member of the voice department at Mannes School of Music.
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Aza Sydykov, acclaimed concert pianist and conductor, Artistic Director of the Eurasia Festival and the Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina.
Craig Ketter, Renowned concert pianist and vocal coach, faculty member of New Jersey City University. 
Jonathan Levin, President of the Clayton Piano Festival in North Carolina, co-founder of the Eurasia Festival and Director of Pixel Mojo Productions.
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