Thuringian Opera Studio

The Thuringian Opera Studio is a postgraduate programme offered by the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar in cooperation with the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (DNT), the Theater Erfurt, the Theater Nordhausen, and the Theater&Philharmonie Thüringen. The programme gives young, gifted singers the opportunity to enlarge their professional experience on the operatic stage. The students work on adequate roles in new as well as in repertory productions, and regularly perform on stage. They receive further tuition and coaching at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. The scholarship associated with the programme allows the students to be financially independent and to concentrate on expanding their artistic qualifications; this head start and professional experience boosts their chance to find permanent engagements.

The partners

The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, the theatres and orchestras are committed to Thuringia's rich theatrical and orchestral tradition, and continue it to the highest standard by actively promoting the upcoming generation of artists. Their cooperation strengthens Thuringia's role as a place of teaching and learning, underlining its significance as a cultural hub with a future. The associated theatres assist substantially with the finances of the Thuringian Opera Studio.

  • Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, director of opera Hans-Georg Wegner
  • Theater Erfurt, general manager Guy Montavon
  • Theater Nordhausen, manager Daniel Klajner
  • Theater&Philharmonie Thüringen, general manager and director of opera Kay Kuntze
The Thuringian Opera Studio is supported by the Deutscher Bühnenverein.

Studying at the Opera Studio

  • Duration: two terms/ one season; this period can be extended by a further two terms on consultation of all involved partners on a case-to-case basis. The course normally begins with the winter term. Please note that the theatre seasons do not overlap exactly with the teaching terms.
  • Work at the theatres: professional experience gained by regular rehearsals and performances, in both new productions and repertoire productions. The casts are assembled on the basis of the students' abilities and potential.
    Please consider that tuition and rehearsals are in German, therefore a sufficient level of German language skills is required.
  • Work at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar: individual and group tuition in voice with teachers at the school, drama training/ audition training, repertoire and song studies, locution training (German).
  • Degree: on completion of a successful course of studies, the student is awarded a certificate which includes a written evaluation of their achievements at the cooperating theatres.
  • Stipend: Euro 1.000 for the duration of the course
  • Number of places: maximum of six students


Course director

Prof. Siegfried Gohritz
Professor of Singing, University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar

Further information

University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar
Guido Hackhausen
Telephone: +49 3643 555 218
Fax: +49 3643 555 209

Selection criteria

  • Completed degree with voice as core subject (or comparable studies)
  • Age limit: 30 years at time of application
  • Successful audition


Only apply via the online application form between October 1st 2017 and January 15th 2018!
Please submit the following documents in one e-mail to guido.hackhausen(at), by January 15th 2018 latest, indicating your application number (BNR) from the online application.
  • a signed curriculum vitae
  • a passport photograph
  • proof of your completed degree, or a statement that you expect to obtain this qualification before beginning the course
  • certificate of enrollment (if still studying)
  • proof of payment of application fee (50,00 Euro)
  • YouTube links:
    Please upload three recently recorded video files on YouTube and send us the link (only open access, no password). CDs, DVDs, MP3 files or other files are not accepted.
    Three arias of your vocal fach are required, one of it in German original language.
    The recordings should possess high quality and convey a realistic impression of your voice.

Mr. Hackhausen will confirm the receipt of your application in a written form.
A pre-selection for the audition is made on the basis of the submitted video files.
Applicants fulfilling  the selection criteria are formally invited to a live audition, taking place in Weimar in February 2018.
Only application that are complete and sent on time will be accepted.

Contact for further information
Guido Hackhausen
Telephone: +49 3643 | 555 218


Please transfer the application fee of 50,00 Euro to the following bank account:

Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar   
IBAN: DE91820500003004444307
Reason for payment: 1514172002562, Opernstudio

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen
Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts
Bonifaciusstraße 16
D-99084 Erfurt


Regarding form, content, and duration, the audition for the Thuringian Opera Studio is organised like an audition for an engagement at German theatres and opera houses. It will be held in February 2018.

The audition is assessed by a joint panel, formed equally of members of the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, the Theater Erfurt, the Theater Nordhausen, and the Theater Altenburg-Gera.
The details for the audition (date, place) will be announced after the pre-selection.
The audition consists of two parts as well as a rehearsal
  1. Four arias from three different stylistic periods, in at least two languages, approx. 20 minutes (international applicants must perform at least one aria in German)
  2. Additionally, a scenic improvisation / performance will be demanded, approx. 10 minutes

The Scholars 2017/18

Sujin Bae, soprano (Korea)

Voice Studio of Prof. Dr. Michail Lanskoi

The Korean soprano SuJin Bae studied at the Kyungpook National University and at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Elisabeth Werres. In 2015 she completed her vocal studies with a master's dergree. Her experiences on stage include productions in Korea as well as in Europe such as "La Traviata" (Annina) and "Aida" (Sacerdotessa) in Daegu, Mascagni's "Iris" (title role) and "Fledermaus" (Adele) in Berlin as well as "Land des Lächelns" (Mi) in Erfurt. Her concert repertory includes works like Haydn's "Schöpfung" and Pergolesi's "Stabat mater".

Sujin Bae won several prizes in renowned vocal competitions, among others the Grand Prix and the audience prize at the International Giulio Perotti Competition Ueckermünde in 2015. Here she also obtained the special prize of the festival OPERNALE e.V. including an engagement as Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflöte". In 2016 she won the Soroptimist-prize at the 67th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Italy. This season her roles include Papagena and Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflöte" and the First Witch in "Dido and Aeneas".

Andrii Chakov, baritone (Ukraine)

Voice studio of Prof. Hans-Joachim Beyer

The Ukrainien baritone started his musical education as a student for choral conducting at the National Music Academy of the Ukraine in Kiev. In 2008 he began his vocal studies with Prof. W. Buimyster and A. Stuik. In 2010 he won the 2nd prize at the International Singing Competition Worsel. Between 2013 and 2015 Andrii Chakov was soloist at the Opera of Dnipropetrowsk where among others he sang the Mandarin in "Turandot", the title role in "Eugen Onegin", Silvio in "I Pagliacci" and Escamillo in "Carmen". Since 2016/2017 Andrii Chakov has been a member of the Thuringian Opera Studio. His parts this season include Marullo in "Rigoletto" and Orlik in "Masepa".

Emma Moore, soprano (Australia)

Photo: David Starr
Voice studio of Prof. Michael Gehrke

The Australian Soprano Emma Moore studied at the Sydney Conservatory of Music and the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Julie Kaufmann. She achieved her master‘s degree with honors. Emma Moore won several prizes at international competitions, among others the 1st prize at the Autralian Singing Competition, a 2nd prize at the International Competition for Lied in Stuttgart, a 2nd prize at the international competition "Das Lied" in Berlin as well as the 1st prize at the Richard Strauss Vocal Competition in Munich. In 2015 Emma Moore made her debut as Countess Almaviva in "Le nozze di Figaro" at the Weikersheimer Schlossfestspiele. She also appeared as Susanna in the same opera, as Konstanze in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" and as Miss Jessel in "The Turn of the Screw". She joined the Thuringian Opera Studio in 2016/17, where her roles in the coming season include Marzelline in "Fidelio", First Lady in "Die Zauberflöte" and Sophie Scholl in Zimmermann's "Die Weiße Rose".

Henry Neill, baritone (United Kingdom)

Photo: Justin Kim
Voice studio of Prof. Siegfried Gohritz

The English baritone Henry Neill achieved his Bachelor degree at Cambridge University and finished his studies with a master at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He took part in several university productions, among others as Sprecher in "Die Zauberflöte", as Marco in "Gianni Schicchi" and as Conte in "Le nozze di Figaro". Furthermore he appeared in the title role of Bizet's "Don Procopio" at the Opera South, as Noah in "Silver Electra" (R. Hepplewhite) at the English Touring Opera and as Edmund Bertram in "Mansfield Park" (J. Dove) at the Grange Festival Opera. He won the Royal Overseas League Singing Prize as well as the Audience prize at the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch in 2016 and the Sybil Tutton Award in 2015. His roles for this season include Papageno in "Die Zauberflöte".

Florian Neubauer, tenor (Germany)

Photo: Michael Vogl
Voice studio of Prof. Siegfried Gohritz

Florian Neubauer received his fundamental musical education at the boys' choir Regensburger Domspatzen. After obtaining his Bachelor degree at the Musikhochschule Hannover he continued his vocal studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. In addition he participated at several prominent master classes such as the King’s Singers, Juliane Banse, Helen Donath and Bach expert John Butt. Florian Neubauer was able to gain experience on stage in several university productions, for example as Arnalta in "L'incoronazione di Poppea", as Roger Fleuriot  in "Meine Schwester und ich" an as Quint in "The Turn of the screw". Furthermore he participated at several productions of the Pocket Opera Nuremberg and was a guest at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen between 2015 and 2017 singing Dr. Blind in "Die Fledermaus" as well as taking part in "The little match girl passion" by David Lang. In 2016/17 he was part of the world premiere of "Bonnie and Clyde" at the Theater Nordhausen. Florian Neubauer worked together with renowned conductors and orchestras like Pierre Cao, Rolf Beck, John Butt and Sebastian Weigle, the Bamberg Symphony and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. His roles this season include Tobby Higgins in "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny" and Artie Green in "Sunset Boulevard".

Pihla Terttunen, mezzo-soprano (Finland)

Photo: Minna Annola
Voice studio of Prof. Michael Gehrke

Phila Terttunen was born in Helsinki where she began her vocal studies at the Metropolia University of Applied Science. She completed her studies at the University College of Opera in Stockholm with a master's degree. Pihla Terttunen made her first operatic experiences in university productions such as "La clemenza di Tito" (Sesto), "Eugen Onegin" (Olga), "Hänsel und Gretel" (Hänsel), "Werther" (Charlotte) and "La voix humaine". In 2013 she won the 2nd prize at the Timo Mustakallio Competition in Helsinki, and in 2016 she obtained the 2nd prize at the Grandi Voci Competition at the Berg Opera Festival. Her roles for this season include Third Lady in "Die Zauberflöte" and Giovanna in "Rigoletto".