TOA is an innovative professional development and insertion program offering international-level mentoring and performance opportunities to exceptional young talents in the field of Opera.

ELIZABETH ASKRENFounder and Artistic DirectorMore about Elizabeth

TOA was created by the Perennis Association in 2017 to address Romania’s “talent drain”, a societal phenomenon particular to post-Communist countries whereby young talents are compelled to leave their country in the pursuit of international-level education and professional opportunities.

In order to respond to this phenomenon and create an international-level opera academy in situ, TOA fosters an environment of introspection, growth, and achievement for young opera professionals in the heart of Transylvania, which will challenge its participants while helping them to successfully negotiate the transition from student to professiona

The Académie Model

The Académie of the Opéra National de Paris distinguishes itself from other world-class young artist opera programs by incorporating several backstage craftsmanship specializations into its fellowships.

This innovative model fosters inclusivity and supports a more complete representation of opera production while enhancing socio-economic interconnections between distinct operatic métiers.

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the French Ministry of Culture sponsored an administrative observation residency for TOA’s Artistic Director at the Académie.

TOA's Model

Inspired by the Académie’s backstage-onstage model, TOA adds a third and crucial element to its academy: Directors, both artistic (conductors and stage directors) and administrative (non-profit administration and development).

By including performers, artisans, and directors, TOA touches every aspect of opera production.


Where the worlds of backstage, office, and onstage collaborate to make magic.

(2017 - )

Singers Instrumentalists

(estimated in 2020)

Lighting technicians
Costume makers
Set designers

(estimated in 2020)

Cultural Nonprofit Leaders
Stage Directors



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Cecilia CSOMAI, soprano

Renáta GEBE-FÜGI, soprano

Stefan von KORCH, tenor

Raluca PERSA, soprano

Ioan POPESCU, bass

Ion STANCU, bass


Adelina SABAU

Bogdan BOHUS

Conductor apprentice:


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    400193 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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