I SING BEIJING will offer courses taught by an international faculty of operatic experts, including:
  • Individual coaching sessions in the Western-style operatic repertoire
  • Coaching in Chinese modern operatic repertoire with a focus on diction, singing and phrasing in Mandarin, and general introduction to the background and style of this emerging genre
  • Daily Mandarin classes
  • Individual acting coaching
  • Performance classes to work on character building, vocal and dramatic delivery, and performance package
  • Lectures covering a variety of topics such as standard Western-style repertoire; Chinese history and culture; lore, legends and epics that inspire dramatic stage works; Chinese librettos vs. Indo-European librettos; encounters and workshops with prominent Chinese composers
  • Discussions on career building and development, performing arts market in greater China, audition techniques and industry expectations
  • Scene work in preparation of the final gala concert
  • Field trips to historic sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City

The program is seeking young professional and graduate level singers of all nationalities.
Age requirements: men (36 years of age and younger by the program start date); women (33 years of age and younger by the program start date)

Application and Deadlines  - CLOSED
Download and complete the 2013 Application PDF and return completed application to application to

You may open the application form with Acrobat Reader

Also, please provide the following by email to:

  • A one page statement to express your expectations as a participant in a training program and your personal goals for study and development in a country like China and in such a different culture from your own.
  • Two MP3 files of two contrasting arias -- MP3s only; please do not send audio or video links.  All MP3 files must be clearly labeled with your name, not audio or video links!
  • Two letters of recommendation - to be sent directly by the recommender to; please have them put your name in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • A current head shot- the photo MUST be no less than 640x480 pixels and the file size no less than 1MB.
  • Important:  Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.  If you do not receive this confirmation, please re-submit.
This full-scholarship program will be offered by Hanban, including tuition, room and board, facilities, materials, excursions and Chinese Visa. Participants are only responsible for their international travel and personal incidentals.

Financial consideration will be given to candidates who cannot afford the international airfare.  If you are interested in financial aid, you must complete the attached financial aid form within two weeks following your acceptance to the program.  Link here for the form:  FINANCIAL AID FORM

Students will live in the city of Beijing, the cultural and political enter of China. They will be housed at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), located in the Chaoyang District.

Lying in the north-east of the city, Beijing's dynamic Chaoyang District is known as the financial hub and also boasts many art galleries, embassies, upscale bars and restaurants.

Beijing is also the home of four opera companies, more than ten symphony orchestras, four main theaters and two major conservatories. This enables students to experience the breadth of the Chinese cultural heritage and its blossoming artistic scene.

A final gala concert will be presented at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on August 28, 2013.  The performance will feature arias and scenes from Western-style operas, modern Chinese operatic and song literature with orchestra.

Additional concerts might also be planned.  Since inception, the I SING BEIJINGers have performed in many locations in China; Paris, France; New York; Washington D.C.; Washington State; Texas and Georgia.

A documentary film of the 2011 I SING BEIJING program is currently being developed and will be released shortly.

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