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This Masterclass is restricted to female voices only. (to clarify: this excludes countertenors)


If you are observing and still in the running for the competition, please refrain from asking any questions to the teacher during the masterclass if they are a member of the Jury (Sergei Leiferkus, Aleksandar Nikolić and Anna Samuil). This can be considered an attempt of communication with a member of the Jury and could lead to your immediate disqualification. 


Information about the Masterclasses

Once you register as an Active Participant for a masterclass you will be put on a holding list.

In order to maintain the integrity of the Jury and their decision, you will only be allowed to be an Active Participant in masterclasses with members of the Jury (Sergei Leiferkus, Aleksandar Nikolić and Anna Samuil) if you are not an active participant in the competition anymore. This is to avoid any undue contact between active participants in the competition and the Jury. Note that this does not apply to Jorge Balça’s masterclass.

This means that: if at the time of the masterclass you registered for, you are still an active participant in the competition, you won’t be allowed to be an Active Participant in the masterclass and your money will be refunded. You are invited to be a Listener.

If you are observing and still in the running for the competition, please refrain from asking any questions to the teacher during the masterclass if they are a member of the Jury (Sergei Leiferkus, Aleksandar Nikolić and Anna Samuil). This can be considered an attempt of communication with a member of the Jury and could lead to your immediate disqualification. 

After the end of each phase (1st Round and Semi-Finals), the list of Active Participants in the masterclasses will be updated according to the principle described above. 


You will be notified about the order in which the Active Participants in the Masterclasses will sing, the lastest one day before the Masterclass itself.

You may register for as many masterclasses as you would like on a first come, first served basis.

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All Cascais Opera Candidates have guaranteed seats as Listeners (no registration needed) for the Masterclasses by Aleksandar Nikolic, Anna Samuil and Jorge Balça. Due to limited space, you must register to be a Listener in Sergei Leiferkus' Masterclass.

If you are observing and still in the running for the competition, please refrain from asking any questions to the teacher during the masterclass if they are a member of the Jury (Sergei Leiferkus, Aleksandar Nikolić and Anna Samuil). This can be considered an attempt of communication with a member of the Jury and could lead to your immediate disqualification. 

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Over the past three decades, primarily in London, Portugal and Amsterdam, Dr Jorge Balça
has developed a strong portfolio of work and a unique combination of skillsets – as a stage
director (of theatre, opera, and hybrid forms), a teacher and workshop leader, a presentation
skills, acting and creativity coach, and practice-based researcher. His work in all these
domains is distinguished by his commitment to and skill in making fantasy and invention
emerge from precise knowledge and training – and by his ability to inspire a similar alchemy
in his collaborators.

Classically trained as an actor and countertenor, he studied theatre directing in London and
Moscow, specialising in Shakespeare, techniques of adaptation, Meyerhold and commedia
dell’arte. Jorge also holds a PhD exploring the dramatic training of opera performers.
With a love for site-specific projects and collaborative forms, and an equal flair for comedy
and drama, his work is dramaturgically inventive, visually striking, and physically engaged.
He was the artistic director of Bloomsbury Opera and associate director of The Opera
Makers, both in London. In Portugal, he has recently directed L’Heure Espagnole and The
Turn of the Screw at Centro Cultural de Belém, and Don Giovanni and La Voix Humaine at
Festival de Ópera de Óbidos.

Jorge is committed to his work as a teacher, having taught at the Dutch National Opera
Academy, Morley College London, Universidade de Évora and other institutions. He
maintains an international coaching private practice and is the acting coach at the Neil
Semer Vocal Institute in Italy.

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