Atelier Lyrique

Summer 2022
The Verbier Festival Academy’s Atelier Lyrique is unique among voice programmes in Europe. Singers are accepted for either or both of the Atelier’s Opera and/or Song Programmes. The Atelier Lyrique’s alumni are among some of today’s most sought after young performers.

with the generous support of

Fondation Juchum
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opera programme

After nearly three weeks of vocal, language and stagecraft coaching and public masterclasses, singers in the 2022 Atelier Opera Programme will give a semi-staged performance of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel on the final afternoon of the Festival’s mainstage programme in collaboration with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky. Singers will also perform in a late-night ‘opera gala’ featuring arias and operatic scenes as part of the Festival’s Unlimited programme. Some singers may be invited to perform alongside international artists in one of the Festival’s evening Mainstage operas, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

song programme

Repertoire choice is free although singers are encouraged to bring a variety of songs in different languages and styles. Students can expect to work through six to eight songs in the various masterclasses and will have the opportunity to work on other repertoire in coaching sessions. They are advised to bring groups of songs in German, English (British and American) and French, and are also encouraged to prepare songs in their choice of languages. Singers will perform in two recitals as part of the Festival’s afternoon Mainstage programme.

programme dates

10 July – 1 August 2022

includes arrival and departure dates


Age & Nationality

Singers of all nationalities between the ages of 20 and 32 as of 1 July 2022 may apply.

costs for successful candidates

All musicians accepted to the Atelier Lyrique receive a tuition scholarship, complimentary housing in Verbier (hosted in with a family or independent living), daily lunch and Festival tickets (subject to availability). Singers are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Verbier and the cost of all other meals and spending money.


Applications now closed.
Deadline was 17 November 2021 — Applications for the 2023 Verbier Festival edition will open this fall.


covid-19 vaccination

Artists, students, staff and volunteers taking part in Verbier Festival programmes and activities do so voluntarily and are therefore obliged to accept and follow rules set out by the Fondation du Verbier Festival. In the interest of public safety, the Foundation requires that all artists, students, staff and volunteers be considered fully immunized against Covid-19 for the duration of their sojourn at the Festival. The Foundation reserves the right to modify its Covid-19 protection plan to mandate testing protocols, mandatory presentation of immunisation status, etc., as may be required by Swiss law.


The schedule of Academy masterclasses can be found here. While admission is free to all Academy masterclasses, advance booking is recommended. All classes are led in English.

mentors 2022

James Baillieu head, song programme
Tim Carroll
Caroline Dowdle head, opera programme
Barbara Frittoli
James Garnon
Thomas Hampson
Ken Noda
Thomas Quasthoff
Franziska Roth
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Anne Sofie Von Otter

alumni mentors

In its quest for excellence, the Academy has developed collaborations with some of the greatest mentors and coaches. Returning 2022 mentors are marked with an asterix.

Thomas Allen
Emma Abbate
Theo Adam
James Baillieu*
Barbara Bonney
Tim Carroll*
Diego Cossu
Claudio Desderi
Caroline Dowdle*
Gian-Carlo del Monaco
Dan Ettinger
Brigitte Fassbaender
Barbara Frittoli*
James Gaffigan
James Garnon*
Hàkan Hagegàrd
Thomas Hampson*
Gundula Janowitz

Stanislav Kochanovsky*
Yannis Kokkos
Jonathan Miller
Alexandre Naoumenko
Ken Noda*
Elena Pankratova
Dimitri Platanias
Franziska Roth
Thomas Quasthoff*
Peter Schreier
Andreï Serban
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Roger Vignoles
Susannah Waters