In order to foster young singers and to enable them to benefit from additional, hands-on training, the Hamburg State Opera set up the International Opera Studio during the 1994/1995 season. The State Opera provides highly gifted young singers who have completed their college/university studies with the opportunity to continue their training, hands-on, in ongoing repertoire. Through inclusion in productions at the State Opera, members of the Opera Studio are able to gain stage experience. Furthermore, the Opera Studio is very successful at bringing out its own productions. The project is funded by Körber-Stiftung, the Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, the Commerzbank, the Nordmetall Stiftung plus Dr. Winfried Stöcker.
Seven young singers, both male and female, are currently members of the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera.