Paris Opéra confuses young artists

Paris Opéra confuses young artists


norman lebrecht

December 17, 2020

 The Opéra de Paris Opera intends to go ahead next month with its Young Artist programme, the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris.

There will be face-to-face auditions three weeks from now for applicants who passed the initial video round.

However, candidates from abroad, especially the US, are unable to enter the EU for the indefinite future.

The Opéra says it will issue official letters for the artists to present at Passport Control.

Does anyone imagine this magic piece of paper will open all the doors? Young artists have been left confused and depressed. There has been no further clarification from the Opéra.

Any suggestions, M. Neef?



  • RW2013 says:

    Neef has a master of arts from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen where he studied Latin Philology and Modern History.

  • Not so hard says:

    Plenty of singers have gotten into France from the US with invitation letters from opera companies as well as the government’s travel form and the required COVID test given within 72 hours of arrival.

  • TomBee says:

    So what is it that is herewith suggested? That Neef cancel auditions until American singers can get to Europe? It seems Mr. Neef is doing his best in this case, better than the USA: one hears that Artists of the Lindemann program could not obtain visas to return to the US. Getting to Europe may be difficult but not impossible. Young artists hoping to study or work in the US have no chance at all.