Brooklyn Opera Works


Brooklyn Opera Works (BOW) is dedicated to providing conservatory-level opera training and performance opportunities to new and emerging artists, as well as presenting lesser known operas with a fresh and engaging presentation. We encourage talented vocal artists who come from a range of different traditions and backgrounds to explore the operatic art form, while developing future audiences.


winter/spring 2018: January 27 - March 25, 2018

Auditions in November and December 2017

  • Performances: 
    • December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Full tuition $1800
    • Deposit $300-Deposit deadline Jan 13
    • Must pay $900 before first day of program.
    • Must pay off full tuition before first show on March 24
    • Scholarships available, please enquire with the registrar
  • Summer Vocal Arts program in the summer of 2018.


All students must submit materials to BOW's Artistic Director Lina Tetriani at and schedule an audition. Students who wish to participate in main stage performances must register for the 8-week program.


    BOW Performances — 2017/2018 season

    These performances will be at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse:

    • Liederabend: Art Song Recital - Selections by Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Schumann
    • Requirements for all young artists: Must submit materials to Program/Artistic Director. Must audition and schedule a consultation.

    Opera Training for Emerging Artists

    Designed to train the new generation of opera singers, the BOW pre-professional program provides rigorous training combined with numerous performance opportunities in fully produced shows. Our pedagogy and curriculum incorporates advanced methods of teaching vocal and theater arts, while nurturing the desire to engage 21st century audiences. Young artists will train with our dedicated faculty, participate in rehearsals and masterclasses held by distinguished artists, music industry insiders, and educators to fully develop their dramatic and vocal skills and step into the professional world of opera.

    Classes include:

    • Vocal Coaching
    • Performance/Repertoire
    • Drama
    • Alexander Technique
    • Diction coaching
    • Choir
    • Movement
    • Vocal Artist Seminar
    • Vocal Literature
    • Dramaturgy

    Winter 2018

    Vocal Performance & Repertoire Classes


    Day + Time:  Saturday, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Ages: 7  - 12 

    Fee: $275/semester

    To register: Please email Lina Tetriani, program director, with any questions. Please click here or call our Registrar at (718) 638 5660.

    To inquire about scholarships click here.

    Day + Time:  Saturday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Ages: 13 & up

    Fee: $275/semester

    To register: Please email Lina Tetriani, program director, with any questions. Please click here or call our Registrar at (718) 638 5660.

    To inquire about scholarships click here.


    Highly recommended in conjunction with private voice classes, this class is designed to help vocalists of all levels prepare for public performance and take their confidence and competency to the next level.

    Students will be asked to "perform" and work on their solo and ensemble pieces in a Master Class setting, in front of their colleagues. The instructor will provide tailored musical advice and work with the student on technique and presentation.

    Guest artists and guest teachers may be invited to participate in this class in order to ensure students access to a wide perspective of styles and approaches so as to deepen their insight into vocal performance.

    This course is ideal for vocal performers and students who wish to:

    • Rehearse songs, ensemble pieces and arias prior to concerts, shows and recitals
    • Gain rigorous  preparation skills for auditions
    • Prepare for auditions
    • Achieve a higher level of preparation and confidence
    • Address performance anxiety and learn to positively "channel" the nervous energy associated with performance
    • Work on "presentation" and dramatic interpretation
    • Receive positive reinforcement and support from colleagues

    Master Class Edits-2.JPG

    BOW Masterclasses

    Students will participate in classes held by world-class experts and receive tailored feedback, guidance and insight into all aspects of vocal performance and professional music industry: technique, dramatic presentation, audition process, public relations and marketing tools for becoming a professional Vocal Artist, etc. Equally beneficial to the observer, BOW Masterclasses will serve as a platform for students to work with elite artists in front of their peers and audience.

    Classes that are beneficial to vocal artists of all genres/traditions are open to all vocalists at BMS. Our Vocal Department covers traditions including opera, musical theater, jazz, pop/rock, R&B, folk, gospel, and blues. We foster interdisciplinary exploration, multicultural collaboration and creativity by bringing singers who sing across genres  into the same classroom.

    Our dynamic faculty provides instruction and guidance of the highest level in a thriving and friendly environment of the community performing arts and music school of the 21st century.

    Opera as a Living Art Form

    BOW is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences. Future projects will include performances in non-traditional spaces and commissioned works by living composers. Through collaboration with living composers and performing newly commissioned works, young artists have the chance to work with innovative music and create more “complete” dramaturgical experiences.  

    Bringing their work into non-traditional spaces and engaging with disadvantaged audiences provides performers with greater artistic adaptability (“honoring” the space and closer interaction with the audience), flexibility (working with avant-garde or nontraditional ideas) and creativity (full immersion and use of imagination).

    This will include performances in schools, senior centers and other community organizations, where BOW will perform selected scenes from traditional and contemporary operas, acclaimed arias, art songs, musical theater and chamber music selections. This segment of the program also serves as a platform to perform for and interact with the audiences in non-traditional spaces, in a friendly and informal setting.

      highlights from 2016 bow performance

      Highlights from the 2016 production of Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" by the Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts program.