As a department of the Municipal and Regional Theater of Patras (MRTP), the International Opera Studio Patras is open to young male and female classical singers of every nationality and enables talented artists to prepare and develop their skills for the profession of the Opera/ Classical Theater singer. MRTP as operator of the IOSP, is thereby a pilot and innovative cultural model for Municipal Theaters in Greece.
Young artists who have already successfully completed their studies in monody, can in this way by attending a specialized program of courses, seminars and projects in the field of Opera/Musical theater to prepare professionally for their performances in professional productions on the operatic scene. For a lyric singer who aspires to a carrier in the field of Opera and Musical Theater, just having a good voice is not enough. Opera and Musical Theater in general, means both singing and theatrical stage presentation at the same time.
IOSP's goal is the excellent training in both fields: to improve and consolidate students' vocal abilities and to perfect their stage presence during their participation in a musical, theatrical play (opera, operetta, musicals). In other words, IOSP's goal is the creation of "Acting Singers" who will be able to cope with the demands of Musical Theater and therefore professional success and recognition will be ensured.
The vision that propels the functioning and development of the IOSP is on the one hand, the creation of a new concept for the Opera in Greece and on the other the (re)foundation of Opera in Patras.
The third millenium in which we are living, offers opportunities to make visions a reality. In a society which is culturally and economically situated in a radical reshaping, proves the IOSP under the MRTP to be a tested instrument which will contribute effectively and creatively to this reform.
The vision of IOSP is the creation of a new concept of Lyrical Theater / Opera in Greece. This new concept will serve as a future model for the 21st century lyrical theater in Greece.