Omsk Summer Opera Program

  • About

    The Omsk Summer Opera Program is a 3 week cultural program structured for performance artists opera singers, who are looking to gain hands-on training and get the experience in the Omsk State Musical Theatre.

    The participants will be awarded with Certificate confirming the participation in the program issued by Omsk State Musical Theatre. 

    This is a unique opera program where young artists can be a part of a highly professional team and perform with orchestra, choir and tripe of the theatre.

    Omsk city has a population over 1 million people and located on the banks of 2 rivers – Irtysh and Om. There are 10 professional theaters, philharmonic, which is one of the best in the Asian part of Russia, 7 state museums, where you could see the famous paintings, artworks, expositions dedicated to the history of the region.

    We offer a free of charge tour in Omsk city and also a special road-trip to the northern part of the region, going to the Omsk State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "Starina Sibirskaya" – exploring a true authentic Russian culture.

    Omsk State musical theatre is the largest theatre in the region.

    Young artist will receive a huge experience by performing world-known opera “Eugene Onegin” by P.I. Tchaikovsky on native language. Opera will be staged in classical way by chief stage director Alexader Lebedev, winner of various national competitions.

    Internationally acclaimed conductor Thomas Rösner will join us specially for this program.

    Young artist will get a chance to work with outstanding American and Russian musicians: Robert Breault, Jeffrey Price, Vladimir Nukeev, Valentina Sherchneva and Irina Trusova.

    World famous American tenor Robert Breault will stage direct comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance”, that will have a special reduction, adapted for Russian-speaking audience.

    Main focus of the program – Russian music, peculiarities of its style, Russian acting technique based on K. Stanislavsky acting system.

    We would love to share with you the greatest heritage of Russian culture.

    Rehearsals will be run on a professional level.

    Each participant will receive:
    - 12 hours of training on Russian language per week,
    - 2 half-hour weekly coaching with Russian cоaches (Russian repertoire),
    - 2 forty-five minute group-coachings per week,
    - 2 forty-five minute voice lessons per week,
    - 2 forty-five minute acting masterclasses per week based on K. Stanislavsky acting technique (the quantity might be increased up to 3 or 4 times a week, depending on schedule),
    -  voice masterclasses.

    There will be 2 fully-staged performances: “Eugene Onegin” by P.I. Tchaikovsky  - performed on Russian  language and comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” by W. Gilbert and A. Sullivan   – performed in English language. Please note, that performance of “The Pirates Penzance” opera will exclude the dialogues.

    The productions are all double cast (1 Russian, 1 international), including troupe and orchestra of Omsk State Musical Theatre.

    Each participant must be approved by The Omsk State Musical Theatre before being permitted to perform in the opera productions or concert.

    Singers cast in roles must arrive in Omsk City, Russian Federation, with their roles memorized.

    Failure to do so will result in removal from the role.



     1st of February 2019    -  application due

     2nd – 15th  of February 2019 -   decision making, role approval, invitation letters for the participants;

     1st of March 2019  - non-refundable deposit is due;

     1st of April 2019  - final payment is due;

     24th of May 2019 – arrival in Omsk, Russia. First day of the program;

     25th of May - 8th of June  2019 -  Russian language training classes, rehearsals, voice lessons, master classes, etc.;                                                                                                                

     8th - 9th of June 2019 - opera performances of «The Pirates of Penzance» by
    W. Gilbert and A. Sullivan;

     11th - 12th of June 2019 - opera performances of «Eugene Onegin»
    by P.I. Tchaikovsky;

     13th of June 2019 – Gala concert;

     14th  June 2019 - departure from Omsk, Russia.

  • Faculty
    Robert Breault
    (USA, Utah, Salt Lake City)

    Tenor Robert Breault enjoys an international career that features an extraordinary breadth of repertoire. His warm, flexible voice and superb artistic sensibilities combine to make him a consummate singing actor.

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, Breault received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in 1991 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Norbert College. He serves as Professor of Music and Director of Opera at the University of Utah.

    Robert Breault’s concert career highlights include performances with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, London Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Jerusalem Symphony, to name but a few.

    Robert’s opera career features a wide array of repertoire and companies. With nearly
    90 roles to his credit, highlights of his career include appearances with New York City Opera in Carmen, La Traviata, and Semele, for which he was awarded the company’s “Kolozsvar Award”. He has performed numerous times with Utah Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Atlanta Opera, and Arizona Opera. Robert has also appeared with companies such as Portland Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Orleans, Florentine Opera, and numerous critically acclaimed performances with Chautauqua Opera.

    Jeffrey Price
    (USA, Utah, Salt Lake City)

    Exclusive artist of «Steinway&Sons» company, pianist, coach.

    Jeffrey Price teaches piano at the University of Utah, where he is also the coach for the Lyric Opera Ensemble. During a versatile and multifaceted career, he has been extremely active as a coach, accompanist, soloist, chamber musician, musical director (for opera, musical theater, and dance), and composer.

    For over ten years, he has been a co-director of the Contemporary Music Consortium, which presents concerts of new music in Salt Lake. He has composed chamber and orchestral music, piano pieces and songs, including several works for stage in a variety of idioms.

    He studied music at the University of Utah, including piano under Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg and Lowell Farr, composition under Vladimir Ussachevsky, Ramiro Cortes, and Bruce Reich, and conducting under Jason Klein.

    Thomas Rösner
    (Austria, Vienna)

    Guest conductor for opera «Eugene Onegin» by P.I. Tchaikovsky

     Thomas Rösner was born and studied in Vienna. He conducted his first orchestral concerts at the age of fourteen, and later worked as assistant at the Musikverein in Vienna.  

     He recorded over 10 CD albums, his concert repertoire includes masterworks of 35 composers.

    Thomas Rösner made his US operatic debut at the Houston Grand Opera with Die Fledermaus, where he returned this year to conduct Die Entführung aus dem Serail. 

    His operatic engagements have also included performances at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the State Opera in Stuttgart, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Welsh National Opera and at the Opera National de Lyon.

    Thomas Rösner has been invited to conduct many orchestras, including the Wiener Symphoniker, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Philharmonia Prague, Basler Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Toscanini Filarmonica Parma, Les Violons du Roy in Montreal and the Israel Sinfonietta.

    Vladimir Nikeev
    (Russia, Omsk)

    National (Honored) artist of Russia - the highest honorary title of the Russian Federation, awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of theatrical and musical art.

    In 1983 graduated the Ural State Conservatory named after M.P. Musorgskiy.

     Since 1985 he has been working at the Omsk State Musical Theatre.

    During the years of work in the theatre he performed the leading roles in operas: Count Almaviva in «The Barber of Seville» by J. Rossini, Lensky in «Eugene Onegin» by
     P.I. Tchaikovsky, Nadir in «The Pearl Fishers» by J. Bizet.

    Participated as an assistant director in the productions of operas «The Barber of Seville» by J. Rossini (2011), «The Taming of the Shrew» by V. Shebalin (2012), «Omsk Prisoner» by
    A. Semenov (2013), «Carmen» by J. Bizet (2014).

    Since 2008, he has been teaching at the F.M. Dostoevsky Omsk State University, and is a professor at the Department of Theater Arts and Acting.

    Valentina Shershneva
    (Russia, Omsk)

    National (Honored) artist of Russia - the highest honorary title of the Russian Federation, awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of theatrical and musical art.

    In 1975  graduated from the Saratov State Conservatory named after L. V. Sobinov with a degree in opera, chamber singer, teacher.

    Since 1981 he has been working in the Omsk State Musical Theater.

    Professor of the Department of conducting and solo singing of Omsk State University named after F. M. Dostoevsky. Her students are actively involved in projects, concert programs, most of them are laureates of national and international competitions.

    Irina Trusova
    (Russia, Omsk)

    Honored artist of Russia - the highest honorary title of the Russian Federation, awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of theatrical and musical art.

    In 1986 she graduated from the Ural State Conservatory named after M. P. Mussorgsky, vocal faculty. From the same year she is a soloist of the Omsk State Musical Theater. Since 1989, he has been teaching at the Omsk School of Music named after V. Ya. Shebalin.

    Since 1994, he has been a teacher of solo singing and voice productions at the Faculty of Culture and Arts at Omsk State University named after F. M. Dostoevsky.

    In April 1995, she was invited to the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow) to perform the role of Rosina in the opera «The Barber of Seville» by J. Rossini.

    Alexandr Lebedev
    (Russia, Omsk)

    Chief stage director at the Omsk State Musical Theatre

    He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov.

    For a quarter of a century of creative life, he staged more than sixty performances in theaters in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Cheboksary, Rostov, Syktyvkar, Irkutsk, Donetsk, Yekaterinburg, Magnitogorsk, Novosibirsk.

    Among the staged performances are: «The Magic Flute», «Abduction from the Serial» by Mozart, «La Traviata», «Falstaff» by Verdi, «The Queen of Spades» by P. Tchaikovsky, «The Cat» by J. Offenbach, «A Lesson with Space» by E. Ionesco, «The Barber of Seville» by Rossini and many others.

    Winner of the prestigious National Theater Festival «Golden Mask» in the nomination «Best Operetta / Musical Stage Director» for staging the musical by Gennady Gladkov «12 chairs» (Moscow, 2013).

  • Tuition fee

    Total cost of the program is $ 2000 (USD)

    We ask the participants to make  separate payments:

    • $ 500.00 (USD) –  Non-refundable acceptance deposit to be sent with letter of agreement is due by March 1st, 2019.
    • $ 1500 (USD) -  Final payment due on April 1st , 2019.

    The tuition includes:

    - 6 voice Lessons
    - 6 coaching sessions with Russian opera coaches (Russian repertoire)
    - 6 acting masterclasses per week based on K. Stanislavsky acting technique (2 times per week, but the quantity might be increased up to 3 or 4 times a week, depending on a  schedule),
    -  voice masterclasses
    - intensive Russian Language training
    - diction classes
    - housing in a shared room at a hotel in the center of Omsk city
    - tour of  Omsk city
    - tour to the Omsk State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "Starina Sibirskaya" (3 hour (one way) from Omsk city road-trip to the northern part of the region)

    Participants are responsible for their meals. But, Omsk State Musical Theatre will offer a special discount for lunch and dinner at the Theatres Café.

    Three course lunch or dinner at the Theatre will cost up to $2,5 (might be less, depending on your choice)

  • Transportation / Visa

    Participants are responsible for their air transportation and luggage to and from Omsk city, Russia.

    Omsk State Musical Theatre will arrange group transportation via charter bus to and from the Omsk International Airport.

    The participants must arrive on the 24th of May, 2019 at the Omsk International Airport, no later than 11:00 a.m.

    The participants must depart on the 14th of June 2019 from the Omsk International Airport no later than 11:00 a.m. (usually there is a morning flights)

    Participants must independently attain an entry visa and other documents necessary for entry into the Russian Federation, on the basis of an invitation issued by the Omsk State Musical Theater.

    You will need to attain Cultural Connections type of the visa.

  • Apply

    In order to apply for the program, please send the following information to the both email address: with a copy to 

    1) Application form (attached below in a separate file)

    2) Letter of recommendation from a current teacher/advisor

    3) Resume

    4) Headshot

    5) Video recording of Two selections, one of which is preferably in Russian (selections can be an aria and an art song, two art songs, or two arias)

    6) List of your Repertoire

    Application due is February 1st 2019

    If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Ms. Tatiana Kelchevatova by email

  • City & Theatre

    The city of Omsk was founded in 1716.  Today is one of the largest industrial, scientific, sports and cultural centers of Russia, with a population of over one million people.

    The very popular theaters and museums of Omsk make the city one of the most important centers of art and theater in Siberia.

    It is here that a unique collection of Russian avant-garde is stored, as well as a beautiful collection of Scythian gold. Works by Omsk artists enrich the best museums in Russia and the world.

    The fates of many outstanding and talented people are connected with the city of Omsk.

    PETER CLAUDT, wonderful sculptor, whose horse figures adorn the Anichkov Bridge  in St. Petersburg spent his childhoand youth in Omsk.

    The great Russian artist MIKHAIL VRUBEL was born in Omsk. There is a fine
    arts Museum in Omsk that named after him.

    FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, a brilliant writer, spent 4 years in our city.
    Here he wrote his famous story “Notes from the Dead House” and this period played
    a decisive role in his creative and philosophical formation.

    Omsk State Musical Theatre

    Today, Omsk State Musical Theatre is one of the largest theatres in Siberia region with a troupe of 168 artists, (soloists, choir, ballet and orchestra). The theatre has a wide variety of genres of both classical and modern art: opera, ballet, operetta, musical theater, neo-ballet, rock opera, concert-dialogue, theatrical extravaganza, and partnership projects with artists from other cities of Russia and abroad.

    The theater is actively developing, it has its hand on the pulse of time, and conducts a confidential dialogue with the audience and changes with it.