Opera Studio 2023

Terms and Conditions for String quartets

Application and auditions

1. Fill in the online application form (LINK) attaching the requested documents (cv, artistic picture, etc.)

2. Application deadline: 15 January 2023

3. Age limit: 35 years of age. The jury reserves the right to make small exceptions.


Audition programme

4. First round

Video recording (in the application form, link to YouTube or similar streaming platforms – pay attention that the video is accessible and not protected) with the following programme:

  • First movement of a quartet in classical style (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)

5. Second round - live audition:

13 and 14 February 2023, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), with the following programme:

  • the same pieces as in the video audition
  • extracts from Il Matrimonio Segreto (sent by the commission)


Auditions costs

6. Application fee of CHF 40.- to be paid via credit card when filling in the application form. The fee will not be refunded in case of withdrawal.

7. Travel, board and lodging costs for the audition are to be covered by the participant.



8. The string quartet selected for the opera studio is obliged to participate in all opera studio rehearsals and to perform for free at the opera studio performances planned during the Ticino Musica Festival.

9. The decisions of the jury are final and binding. Legal actions are excluded.

10. Scene and musical preparation, and performances: 27 June to 28 July 2023 (rehearsals in Riva San Vitale and Lugano, performances in different places in Ticino, Switzerland).

11. The string quartet selected for the opera studio must come to the first rehearsal well prepared, otherwise it can be excluded from the project.


Participation costs

12. No fee is requested for participation in the Opera Studio. Participation is compulsory and free of charge.

13. The participants will cover travel and board costs.



14. The selected string quartet that will perform in the Opera Studio will receive a scholarship of CHF 6'000 (CHF 1'500 for each member) and is offered free accommodation in an apartment near the place of rehearsals for the whole period (about 4 weeks).

15. The scholarships will be transferred at the end of the Opera Studio, only if the string quartet has fulfilled all conditions.


Pictures, audio and video

16. By applying to the masterclasses, the participant authorises the Ticino Musica Festival to make video and/or audio recordings, to take pictures, to transmit by radio or TV broadcast any of his/her lessons, rehearsals, concerts or Opera presentations, organized either by the Ticino Musica Festival or by selected third party organizations or individuals. In particular, the participant surrenders to Ticino Musica all the rights of said video and/or audio recordings and pictures for any use that might be relevant to the Festival. The Festival Ticino Musica reserves the right to use all pictures, audio and video recordings for promotional purposes related to the present edition of the Festival or to future editions, or to release the audio and/or video recordings for demonstrational or promotional purposes.


Information on privacy protection

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20. The present terms of participation may be changed.

21. The terms and conditions in the Italian language are legally binding.