July 27 - August 15, 2020

Attend the Three Week Audition Training Program Specifically Designed to 
Help You Unlock Your Voice’s Potential, Discover Hidden European Trade Secrets,
and Sit Face-to-Face with Agents Looking to Book New, Fresh Talent

…to Launch an International Career 

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Finally… a customized, immersive experience that gives you the necessary skills to:

  • Perform your absolute best,

  • Be confident with proper technique, 

  • Get one-on-one exposure with teachers & trainers,

  • Learn trade secrets to start and launch your career, and

  • Audition for professional agents.


Where would you like to be in the next 2 years?

Take your career to heights you never thought possible.

With a thorough assessment and understanding of your goals, together we will map out the steps for your future. We will customize a step-by-step plan to get you where you want to go. And we will put you in front of the agents that need to see you perform.

This is your opera career -

packaged, ready and waiting for you.


The Bel Canto Audition Training Program features essential training with established and experienced opera instructors that will develop your skills and performance craft with results beyond your expectation. But the program also covers areas of study that you won't find in conventional university programs - important elements and "inside information" critical to ensuring your success.

Your curriculum will include:

  • Voice consultation and individual lessons

  • Acting lessons

  • Expressive movement classes

  • Day workshop acting for singers

  • Individual coaching on your audition arias

  • Audition training

  • Mock auditions

  • Masterclasses

  • Lecture on the German Fach system and a career in Germany

  • German language study (Optional)

  • Day trip to Salzburg

  • Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle (optional extra fee)

  • End-of-program concert

  • Guaranteed opera agent audition with feedback

  • Living the real-life experience of the opera world in Germany

These are the experts you want to learn from...


Imagine what you would learn from experienced, professional opera singers and skilled musicians and actors. Our faculty have successful years of European experience to their credit and they would be dedicating their skill, their knowledge and their commitment to starting your career.

Narelle Martinez
Narelle Martinez

Program Director The Bel Canto program was established in 2010 by Australian Soprano Narelle Martinez. After 25 years’ experience living and working in Europe, her dream was to set up a serious voice program in the heart of Europe and what better city than Munich during the Munich Opera Festival. Listen to Ms Martinez: Simon Boccanegra

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Barbara Schoene
Barbara Schoene

Stage Director and Audition Training Coach Barbara Schöne is a graduate of the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she acquired both her extensive musical training and her arts degree. Now living in Munich, Ms. Schöner performs and directs staged recitals, Lieder programmes, and opera performances all over Germany.

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Annette Kreft
Annette Kreft

Acting, Character Study Instructor Acclaimed German Actress Annette Kreft, studied acting and singing before being launched into an acting career in 1982. She has appeared in over 32 films and television series, as well as numerous theatre roles. View Filmmakers’ clips of Annette

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Theodore Ganger
Theodore Ganger

Pianist, Conductor, Vocal Coach Since 1998, Mr Ganger has been a voice coach on the faculty of the Musikhochschule, an academy for music and theatre in Munich. He also performs with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Lorne Richstone
Lorne Richstone

Vocal Coach Mr. Lorne Richstone is the Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at the University of Oklahoma School Of Music. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he moved to Germany to further his musical education, studying piano and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold.

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Christopher McMullen-Laird
Christopher McMullen-Laird

Conductor Christopher McMullen-Laird was educated at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar, Germany. He started his career as maestro suggeritore at the Bayerische Staatsoper München. He has conducted concerts and opera performances in Croatia, Japan, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States.

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Julia Mintzer
Julia Mintzer

Mezzo Soprano Julia is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute, with additional studies at Columbia University. As a mezzo-soprano, she has spent two seasons singing with Die Semperoper Dresden, and has performed at Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Dayton Opera, and Boston Baroque.

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Come to Germany for a life changing experience!


Experience the musical and cultural riches that Germany has to offer as you live in the vibrant, cultured city of Munich only 4 minutes from Marienplatz and attend live performances at the Munich Opera Festival as part of the program. Plus we'll take a day trip to Salzburg, Austria - the birthplace of Mozart!

Munich has become a very popular tourist destination with 70 million visitors per year. As part of the Bel Canto Audition Training Program, your accommodations are covered.


Bel Canto’s participants stay in a holiday rental apartment three participants to an apartment, 10 minutes from the city center. Each apartment has a shared bedroom double or triple occupancy; a small well equipped kitchen and bathroom, sheets and towels are provided.

"Narelle Martinez is not only a gifted soprano, but a teacher who instills in her pupils a profound love of the art. With an emphasis on breath and support, Narelle's technique is that of the old Italian Masters and is the foundation of a healthy and beautiful singing."

· Former student, Emily Dorn

Soloist at the Semperoper Dresden, Germany.

Listen to Emily Dorn sing Violetta’s aria on YouTube

To launch YOUR career...

"I will be moving to Germany this summer!

I really have you to thank for putting the thought of Germany into my head. Before going to the Bel Canto program, I would have never even considered living and working in Germany as a possibility."

· Christina Champsall, has worked at Teater Nordhausen, Germany, Bel Canto participant

"The information and training in the art of auditioning for opera agents in Germany was invaluable and the culmination of this in auditions for three German agents was a rare opportunity that was for me, a highly successful experience. Narelle Martinez runs a program with an emphasis on healthy singing for a long lasting career.”

· Anna Voshege,  Finalist of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition

Listen to Anna Voshege sing Glitter and Be Gay in the ASC Finals

"It has been a privilege to have been invited back by one of the agents from ZAV to perform in vocal workshops and a concert in which I will be given the opportunity to be heard by directors and agents invited to attend.”

· Michelle Ryan, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Audition Training  


What else do you need to know?


  Program dates: July 27 - August 15, 2020, 3 week program - Program Fee: $4,400

  Tuition Fee includes: Accommodation, breakfast, dinner and German Language study.


Application process

1. Complete application form below

2. Send additional application pieces to belcantosummervoiceprogram@gmail.com

  • 3 contrasting arias sung in original language (Mozart, German, Italian)

  • Current resume, headshot, and recording or video link

  • 2 letters of recommendation from a voice teacher or coach

3. Narelle Martinez, Director of the Bel Canto Program​ will be in touch shortly to complete the application process with an interview.


The only vocal program in Munich.

Come and have an unforgettable experience!