Audition for Commedia Master Class and Opera

Antonio Fava American Internationa School for Commedia Dell ArteItalian Maestro Antonio Fava, world renowned Commedia dell’Arte Maestro, comes to Philly for master classes: February 8-12 & 15-19, 2016. Actors/singers from throughout the world are invited to apply to The American International School for Commedia dell’Arte- resuming its 6th year of Commedia classes with Maestro Fava, preeminent master of Commedia dell’Arte in the world. For application info, costs & curriculum, please contact Christian Bygott, Maestro’s Fava’s assistant, at Class size will be limited to 20 participants each. Class participants will perform daily, from 5-6pm, in free Commedia cannovacci presentations, at a center city Philadelphia location. Certain to be some of the most exciting comedy work seen in Philly next year!!!

Auditions: IOT 13th Season- 14th and 15th Italian world premiere productions in Italy

“Sogno” (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)
“I Fior di Ofelia” (“Ophelia’s Flowers”)
14th and 15th world premiere Italian productions

“Error!”: IOT 12th World Premiere Italian Opera

Karen Lauria Saillant, artistic director of International Opera Theater, announces a once in a lifetime multi-performance, double world premiere opportunity for 10 Philadelphia girls. Ms. Saillant is especially looking for girls with sweet natural voices (no belting). This cultural rite of passage/training program experience will take place during the entire month of August, 2015, in both Assisi and Citta’ della Pieve, Italy.

Selected girls will sing in an International Festival in Assisi, Italy for the world premiere of an Italian/Latin cantata dedicated to the life of the extraordinary German mystic, recently named saint: Hildegard de Bingen.

After the performance in Assisi, they will continue rehearsal in an Italian opera house, next to professional opera singers, for the world premiere of “Error!” (based on a video game themed world premiere to be sung in Italian). In the opera, girls will be a multicultural, narrative ensemble for International Opera Theater’s 12th world premiere Italian opera celebrating Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”.

This will be the first time in history “Comedy of Errors” has be made into an opera with original music.

Girls will portray novitiates: both serious (in Hildegard piece) and comic (in Error!). In “Hildegard: Child Mystic”, they will portray 12th century German girls singing the music of the great Hildegard and also text of Hildegard, compiled by Karen Saillant and translated into Italian by Maria Luisa Meo and set to music by Sardinian composer, Mariano Garau. In “Error!” they will portray a modern day, giggling & wide eyed novitiates who are participating in a video game reality, filled with ERROR!, singing the music of well known Venezuelan composer: Efrain Amaya, set to text of famous Antonio Fava (Reggio Emilia) author/comedia master.

Both pieces will be under the artistic guidance and stage direction of Karen Saillant

In addition, the girls will participate in a program with IOT Artistic/Stage Director, Karen Saillant, which includes Italian language, voice, movement & performance skills based on “In Harmony With Nature”, the 50 year work of Ms. Saillant.

The girls will study and live in the beautiful Renaissance town of Citta’ della Pieve, in the hills of Umbria, between Rome and Florence, for the month of August.

Performance in Assisi













will be in Santa Maria degli Angeli built around the cell where Saint Frances died.


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In Citta’ della Pieve


Citta della Pieve high in hills of Umbria where our 10th world premiere Camille Claudel will occur














Performances will be in Teatro degli Avvaloranti on August 28,29,30.


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Production will combine professionals (singers, Italian conductor, chamber orchestra, stage director) with 10 talented, multicultural females from Philadelphia. For consideration, please send video of singing (can be informal video made with cell phone) to . For more information on this program & its fee, please contact: To see more information about the Hildegard project: click here

The girls who participate in our Hildegard project and our Shakespeare/video game opera: Error! will also be able to see Palio dei Terzieri- a 12 day Renaissance Faire which takes place in Citta’ della Pieve every year during the month of August.

Assisi International Festival


Hildegard de Bingen: Child Mystic

International Opera Theater is proud to announce the premiere of a new cantata based on the early life of Saint Hildegard of Bingen by Sardinian composer, Mariano Garau. This work will premiere in Assisi, Italy in early August 2015..

8 teenage girls (ages 12-19) from Philadelphia will be selected to be part of a training program which will culminate in the presentation of the world premiere of this cantata.

Performance is also planned in Philadelphia to celebrate the visit of Pope Francis in September 2015

Auditions will be held for girls in Philadelphia throughout February, 2015. For consideration, please send video (may be made with cell phone) of child’s singing to by February 18. Auditions will be held at Villa Maria Academy and center city locations throughout February.

May/June: Training begins in Philadelphia. Exact dates TBA based on Ms. Saillant and girls’ availability.

Girls selected for Hildegard premiere will also sing in world premiere of IOT new Italian opera: “Error!” which will rehearse throughout August and premiere on August 29, 30 & 31 in Italy. For information on the opera, please go here: or see link above under participate.