Fundación Ibañez Atkinson summons lyrical singers for the FIA ​​Opera 2019 Auditions

  • In order to connect the singers of the continent with the international industry, the Ibáñez Atkinson Foundation will gather representatives of the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera House, Dallas Opera, Theater of Santiago in Santiago Erfurt, among others, between November 18 and 21.
  • Registration for the FIA ​​International Audition: Opera 2019 is open until September 20 at 11:59 p.m. Chile.


One of the main aspirations of Latin American lyric singers is to appear before the great theaters of the world and, thus, access opportunities that allow them to develop an international career. However, that is not always easy, due to the high resources involved in traveling and moving in theUnited States, Canada and Europe and the networks that must be generated to audition before various casting, artistic and festival directors. 

In order to bridge this gap and allow the world opera centers to meet the talents of our continent, Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson (FIA), based in Santiago, Chile, created the FIA ​​Auditions program in 2017 and next November one of the largest international auditions for singers in the region. 

This is the FIA International Audition: Opera 2019, which will take place between November 18 and 21, 2019 in Santiago, Chile and will feature a leading international panel composed of representatives of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Dallas Opera, Theater Erfurt, as well as Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer, artistic director of FIA; David Blackburn, president, founder of NYIOP International Auditions and international strategic advisor of FIA and Andrés Rodríguez Pérez, first vice president of Ópera Latinoamérica. 

“Our goal as a Foundation is to generate a great meeting in Chile where singers from our region can perform at the same time and place before the great theaters of the world. We want to be a bridge between Latin America and the world of international opera, ”explains Andrés Rodríguez Spoerer, artistic director of FIA. 

“For years, the world of opera has sought to hear the emerging talent of all of South America and never before has there been a way to discover artists without paying much money to go to the other side of the world. With this program, Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson is building a bridge to help South American artists to appear before a group of some of the most prestigious casting directors, who represent renowned theaters that can immediately launch careers in Germany and other countries, “says David Blackburn.

The auditions are open to All Latin American opera singers or those residing in Latin America, from the age of 17, whether they are students, members of programs of young artists or active performers, and of all types of voices  


How to participate 

Artists must register until 20 September at 23:59 hours of Chile in  there must load a link to YouTube with video of themselves singing two opera arias of free choice and paying a non-refundable sum of US $ 50. 

The audition videos will be reviewed by the international panel that will select the finalists who will participate in the live auditions in Santiago. Candidates who are not selected will receive feedback on their interpretation in the videos and will remain in the FIA ​​Auditions database for future opportunities.

The finalists chosen for the live presentation in Chile will be contacted before October 18 by the Foundation. Then they must pay on the same page, a non-refundable hearing fee of US $ 300 and will receive indications about date, time and place of the audition, information of the accompanying pianist, rehearsal and vocalization time and others.

It is important to note that FIA is supplementing the original cost of these auditions, to make the opportunity accessible to artists of all levels. Travel and accommodation expenses will be borne by the finalists. 

Any questions about the repertoire or other details go to Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer (

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