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.