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No need to remind you how important music is. That's because it has the power to stimulate and support the highest human feelings. 

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
(1746 - 1827), Swiss educator and social reformer.

Music is the most perfect type of art. Never betrays its last secret.

Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900), Irish lyric poet, dramaturgist and playwright.

A singer is necessarily and a good musician.

Richard Wagner
(1813-1883), German composer.

 

Greetings

Kostas Kazakos

Artistic Director of Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras

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Michael Seibel

Artistic Director of International Opera Studio of Patras

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Latest news

Deadline rollover:
 

Enrollment is still open for admission of opera singers to International Opera Studio of Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras (Greece). The objective of the course is the advanced vocational and stage training of opera singers, with the goal of favouring a solid beginning and advancement of the career. Young vocal artists will be given the opportunity to attend lessons of highly qualified specialization, with the purpose of improving their technical, stylistic, interpretive and acting skills, and expanding cultural knowledge necessary to practice the profession. The course will run from 9th October 2017 to 30th June 2018, with a possible extension for work experience activities up to October 2018. Enrollment deadline: August 30th, 2017.

 
Invitation for Audition
Applications until August 18, 2017
 

The Opera Studio of the Municipal Theatre Patras invites Lyrical Singers to submit their application forms with the required supporting documents (see below) until Friday, August 18, 2017. The application forms can be submitted either electronically (by sending the necessary documentation with the application form to operastudiopatras@dipethepatras.gr, either in person at the secretariat (Mon-Thu 11: 00-16: 00) or by post mail (considering the date shown on the postmark) to the following address: Municipal Theatre Patras, Othonos Amalias 6 Patra, PC 26223, Greece

The application form is available on the website of the Int. Opera Studio of Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras. www.operstudiopatras.gr

 
 

The hard times, wars, occupations, dictatorships, economic crises, terrorize people, demoralize them, disappoint and bring them to despair, life seems so unbearable and their home becomes a place of torment. Just like when the river gets rough and bellowing descends from above, drifting everything found on its way, and the muddy waters become silt and the man is afraid to penetrate and pass. 

Artists are unbelievable as Euripides says. They always go against the current. They climb to the springs, where the water is pure, crystal. This raises people's morale who get courage and withstand the torment of everyday life. They overcome fear. 

Patras artists, musicians, actors, directors and a number of their collaborators, defying the multitude of problems with self-denial and self-sacrifice, full of Dionysian excitement, are ready to resist with all their strength to this declivity of deterioration and to give with their work a message of optimism and uplift to our fellow citizens. 

This excitement has carried philhellenes along with it. As in revolutionary times.

The friend and collaborator Michael Seibel is German but chose, for 22 years, to live permanently in Greece. Trained Musician, Stage Director and Acting Teacher, took up in an enormous mood to organize and direct the IOSP of Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras. IOSP has opened its doors to young male and female singers, regardless of nationality who want a carrier in classical singing. 

 

Artistically, everything is fine! 

Kostas Kazakos

Dear friends of lyrical theater, 

welcome to the official website of the International Opera Studio of Patras (IOSP) of the Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras (MRTP), which contributes to the artistic education of singers and audience. 

Although opera is purely a creation of the musicians in Florence in the late 16th century, this brand new genre was born out of the study of classical antiquity which led to the search of the lost unity between music and speech. 

The contribution both of the ancient Greeks and Byzantines and then of the Western monks with the blossoming of  Liturgical Drama is invaluable for the birth of Opera. The current Municipal Theater of Patras "Apollo" was built in 1871 under the architectural designs of the Greek-German architect Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller. Apollo Theater was inaugurated as a building for lyrical theater with the opera of G. Verdi " Un ballo in maschera" (' dance in costume'). The tradition of the opera is therefore closely connected to the construction of the building. 

As part of the educational IOSP program, specialized and experienced artists as well as respected persons from the world of opera and of music and theater in general, will offer their knowledge and experience firstly to the young students of IOSP but to the music-going audience of Patras as well with lectures and related posts on this website specifically designed for the general public. 

Alongside the artistic education of the students and the training of the audience, the IOSP will ensure that a full orchestra will be established which will not only accompany the projects and the lyrical theater productions of IOSP but also act autonomously giving concerts and taking part in other events. This means that the professional musical potential of Patras will evolve.
Thus the responsibility of each theater to initiate the young students at art will be taken over by the MRTP and through the educational and cultural activities of the IOSP as its institutional department.
I wish to all members of IOSP success in their work and to the spectators beautiful moments of entertainment in the future on stage events of IOSP.

Yours faithfully
Michael Richard Seibel