Studio Programme

“I’m interested in the individuality of the artist, in trying to help each singer find and express their unique musical voice. From the moment we are born, we breathe and use our voices to express ourselves with pitch, modulation and dynamic through a natural bodily engagement prompted by the relevant emotion. I work with singers to find that same natural emotional and physical connection with their material, lifting it from something “learned” to something real and personal.”

~ Julia Lynch, Head of Music at Mascarade Opera Studio

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“Self-regulation is the key to a successful performance. We teach our artists how to regulate their emotions, their thoughts, their attention, indeed their entire learning and performance process.

My job is to allow artists to perform without excuses and without the fear of failure, to perform because they have a deep seated desire to express the human condition through music.”

~ Dr Ralph Strehle, Director at Mascarade Opera Studio

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Training Framework

Our training framework is based on insights from performance psychology research in a variety of domains such as sports, business, health and education. As a multi-layered, integrative training framework with internal follow-up systems, it comprises and connects a number of theories and models in the areas of coaching, practice and performance.


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‘Mascarde OS is a unique place where I can explore new passions and achieve artistic originality.’

Ángel Vargas, Tenor, 2020/21 Studio Artist

‘I love working in such a supportive and nurturing environment, with people who push me every day to be the best artist and person I can possibly be. I will forever be grateful for the world class training Mascarade OS  is providing me with.

Lauren Young, Mezzo-soprano, 2020/21 Studio Artist

‘I think it’s absolutely fabulous what you are doing here. What you are offering the artists is truly incredible, revolutionary and I think it’s fantastic.’

Michael Spyres, Tenor

Working with Ralph 

‘Working with Ralph on performance psychology is incredibly beneficial in helping to find an emotional balance and proactive ways of coping with the challenges in this career’.

Catriona Morison, Mezzo- soprano, Cardiff Singer of the World

‘Working with Ralph has been one of the stand out experiences of my training. A natural leader, listener and practitioner; his teaching is truly inspiring and his influence is felt almost instantly.’

Stephanie Maitland, Mezzo-soprano,  Vienna State Opera YAP

‘Working with Ralph has helped me to gain control, to really understand where I am at and  how I can move forward whilst staying calm and focused on my tasks.’

Marvic Montreal, Mezzo-soprano, Frankfurt Opera Studio

‘Ralph’s work as performance coach has helped me recognise the strengths and weaknesses of being a young artist and to find a right way for developing my singing career.’

Shengzhi Ren, tenor, Emerging Artists Scottish Opera


Working with Julia

‘Coaching with Julia is just amazing. She can help with every aspect of operatic singing’

Pawel Trojak, Baritone, 2020/21 Studio Artist

‘Julia is a world class coach who (luckily for us) has chosen to work with young people and help us develop in every way – musically, artistically and also personally! As a young singer, it is so important to have someone guide you in the right direction, suggest the best repertoire which suits your voice and overcome all sorts of technical, language and acting issues – Julia was that person for me. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend years in her guidance and under her wing.’

Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-Soprano, winner Neue Stimmen

‘Julia Lynch offers the perfect support as a collaborative pianist and coach. Her honest musicianship broadens the horizons of the most seasoned singers and one feels they can achieve more than they hoped possible with her gentle guidance and experience’

Nicky Spence, Tenor

‘I was fortunate enough to work with Julia throughout my undergraduate degree and Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. From the beginning she was incredibly helpful and supportive, not only pointing out improvements to pieces/roles but also in suggesting how to achieve this. She was very patient and generous with her time and talent and was one of the major influences in my artistic and musical development.’ 

Dominic Barberi, Bass

Applying to Audition

Mascarade Opera Studio welcomes artists from all backgrounds and nations. We recognise the benefits that a variety of experience and cultural contexts brings to both an individual’s performances and the group’s interactions as a whole. In addition to  programme places being fully funded, we are also able to support studio artists with caring commitments through helping secure couple- and family-friendly accommodation, and advice on moving to Italy. We always ask that an artist interested in applying for the programme but concerned about any barrier they may face in taking up a position get in touch with us as early as possible to discuss how we can help – we firmly believe that exceptional talent should be developed, wherever it is found.

Applying to Audition

General information

Applications are welcomed from artists of exceptional talent at the initial stages of their career. It is expected that most applicants will have completed post-graduate conservatoire or equivalent training, and have significant performance experience. We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds, and are available to discuss any questions or requirements to support you in applying.  

Due to the number of places available, there is an upper limit of 26 years of age for applicants to the 2021/22 programme. In exceptional circumstances we will consider applications for voices up to 30 years of age.

The 2021/22  Opera Studio programme will run from September 2021 to June 2022.

For further details please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Key dates for applications and auditions

Online applications for our new 2-year paid programme in training and performance Mascarade Emerging Artists 2022/24 are now open.

Application and audition process

Submit your online application here.

Deadline for online applications: October 8

Live auditions:

Non-european residents in livestreaming: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021

London: Satuday 30 and Sunday 31 October 2021

Florence: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021

Large print and spoken versions of the application form will also available and can be requested from If you have any access requirements around completing the application form please get in touch via

If shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange an audition. Venues tbc.