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The Festival of International Opera of the Americas was created to enable participants to experience Brazil through their mutual love of opera.  Several years ago, Sidnei Alferes, Executive Director in Brazil, participated in an opera training program. Inspired by his experience to explore the possibilities of offering a similar experience in Brazil, he invited Kathryn Hartgrove to join him in this venture.   Working alongside Adriana Kayama, they developed a training program and opera touring festival that cannot be rivaled.  

FIO Americas prides itself on its 30 faculty and staff from the United States, Canada and Brazil, all of whom contribute to the professional atmosphere of the Festival.

Paramount to the Festival is its emphasis on acting for singers, movement, Alexander Technique, Period Styles, diction, coachings, voice lessons, and performance opportunities. The Festival produces and presents three main stage operas, all with live orchestra, costumes, sets, and lighting.  Other significant aspects of the Festival include its extensive scenes programs, included in its  presentation of concerts.  The festival looks forward to continued expansion into new venues, to developing future opera stars and to bringing excellence in opera to Brazil.

FIO AMERICAS is proud to count on the cooperation of UNICAMP, which receives our faculty, staff and students in their facilities with open doors.