Atelier Lyrique

Summer 2023
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

opera programme

After nearly three weeks of vocal, language and stagecraft coaching and public masterclasses, singers in the 2023 Atelier Opera Programme will give a semi-staged performance of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress  on the final afternoon of the Festival’s Mainstage programme in collaboration with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and its music director, James Gaffigan. Singers may also perform an afternoon recital of arias on the Festival’s Mainstage.

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

9 – 31 July 2023

includes arrival and departure dates


Age & Nationality

Singers of all nationalities between the ages of 20 and 32 as of 1 July 2023 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 Open: 5 September 2022

Deadline: 4 November 2022

Application Fee: USD 50



Academy masterclasses are open to the public at no charge. Only singers accepted to the Academy’s Atelier Lyrique perform during these classes. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when the 2023 masterclass schedule is published. All classes are led in English.

mentors & coaches 2023

James Baillieu head, song programme
Tim Carroll
Caroline Dowdle head, opera programme
James Garnon
Véronique Gens

Thomas Hampson
Ken Noda
Thomas Quasthoff

alumni mentors

In its quest for excellence, the Academy has developed collaborations with some of the greatest mentors and coaches. Returning 2023 mentors are marked with an asterisk.

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*
Véronique Gens*
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
Anne Sofie von Otter
Susannah Waters