We are happy to announce that from August 31st to 06th September 2020 in Berlin, for the 7th Year as part of the Berlin Summer University of the Arts Programme, our intensive Opera Audition Training will be underway. This advanced Course has places for just 15 emerging young opera singers who are ready to fly!
Costs : 1250€ fee
Progamme involves :-
1, A Team of 5 expert Instructors rotating the weeks timetable.
2, Lecturers from the Opera Houses and Agencies .
3, Culminating in a final concert, presented as an audition with a panel of at least 5 jurors, made up from Agencies, Opera Staff, Producers, Coaches and Conductors
4, Who will give feedback, talk to each individual at a reception after the concert.
5, The panel will select a singer who they feel is ready to go on the audition trail to receive a Bursary from the Walther Kaminsky Foundation, Munich.
6, A video will be made of the concert for each performer.
A wonderfully rewarding and intense 10 Days of Opera Audition Training was experienced all round. 15 Singers from 12 Countries !
Starting on Saturday, the business of self- marketing led by Kristin Ebner, herself a singer ( with a Premiere of Aida in Munich 31.08.2019 so a lot on! ), with a degree in Marketing and Cultural Management. Kristin led the singers through the preparations of Online presentation and also good CV s on paper for the auditions with Agents and Opera Houses!
A new venture, we had a Sound Engineer on board . Jonathan Richter showed how to get good results in Videoing which is more in demand now. So all the Do´s and Don´ts .
Jonathan also videoed the final concert for the singers to take this away with them. Monday saw the first presentation and work with Jonathan, Janice and Bernd Schroeder , accompanying was again our Italian Pianist / Conductor Alessandro Palumbo , the Italian repertoire definitely helped by him!
Agents lecture in the evening from Stephan Reinecke, ( TACT ) who is experienced now in answering all the singers questions! Style and presentation was dealt with the next evening. A lecture from Prof GerdUecker on the growth of Singspiel and Opera in Germany as we know it today was on Wednesday. Personal growth and Confidence Building techniques on Thursday evening . Marilyn Barnett, Studienleiterin, came over from the Staatsoper to take and give Questions & Answers about the Profession and the in´s and out´s of it all! Peter Tomek, from the Komische Oper, and in the midst of rehersals of “Die Frau ohne Schatten” came by on Saturday to have a preview and give tips to the singers about the presentation they would offer at the final concert .
And then the final Concert in the form of an Audition was presented to the general public and a Panel:- Marilyn Barnett, as Chairperson, Ullrich Hentze, Agency Bühnenreif, Leipzig, Arno Waschk, Conductor – Komische Oper, Paul Frielinghaus, Actor stepped in to replace Britta Wieland.
All this as well as the days programe of rotating sessions with Coachings, Stage craft, Audition Training, technical work. It was intense and the feedback was …it was Great and well worth it! The Concert took place in the large Concerthall of the Bundesallee UdK. Aleksandra Kirsanova , a 29 yearold Russian spinto soprano, presented a very moving Suor Angelica: Puccini, “Senza Mamma” and then “Tacea la Notte”, Verdi : Il Trovatore. Aleksandra was awarded by the Panel the Kaminsky Bursary to help with the expenses linked with auditioning. She will sing Suor Angelica this October at the opera house in Lirvorno, Italy. A close second place was the young tenor Joseph Dahdah, 27 yearsold, whom Marilyn Barnett offered to present to the Studio in the Staatsoper.
We all do feel happy and contented with the successful results of our work!
27th August – 02nd September Berlin Summer University of the Arts Course.
Professor Cheryl Studer, Professor Jonathan Alder, Janice Alder & Bernhard Schroeder. Pianist: Hana Lee. Lecturers: Marilyn Barnett (Staatsoper Berlin) Q&A, Opera Business Volker Piefke (Cicada Agentur) Final Concert 2nd September with a panel of Agents, Directors and Conductors.
03rd – 9th September Berlin Summer University of the Arts Course.
Professor Gerd Uecker, Professor Jonathan Alder, Janice Alder & Bernhard Schroeder. Pianist: Alessandro Palumbo. Lecturers: Marilyn Barnett (Staatsoper Berlin) Q&A, Opera Business – Stefan Renicke (TACT Agentur) Final Concert 9th September with a panel of Agents, Directors and Conductors.
April 6th-8th…our Mini 3 day course. Opera Agent, Evelyn Garbrecht ( G&SManagement )listened to final presentations from 10 singers. She gave everyone constructive feedback and decided to take two singers on her books Xenia Cumento, Lyric Coloratura, and Kristin Ebner: Dramatic Soprano. This doesnt always happen …We were Pleased !
In 2019 we had new Courses new Ideas come to fruition !
2019 saw our Focus on polishing up German Repertoire
whether Opera, Operetta or Spiel-Oper ( look up Lortzing/ Nicolai/ Flotow and you will see what we mean!)
We offered not only classes in pronunciation of texts but also Gerd Uecker will Lecture and give insights into this repertoire as well.
Added to this we are expanding our Marketing work, to start including how to make a decent and interesting VIDEO ! More and more these are asked for and many of you have no real idea how to present yourselves. We are working with 2 Sound engineers who will give advice, demonstrations and talks on this aspect and there may be possibilities to record with them too.
We plan that the final concert will be Videoed so participants can hopefully use this to promote themselves.
So March 29th -31st, 2019 sees the first Refresher Mini Course
with Bernhard Schroeder / Professor Jonathan Alder and Janice Alder / Kristin Ebner / Agent presentation and our Pianists
Fees 410€ /390€ returning singers (reservation fee 90€)
saw a great 3 Day intensive Refresher Mini Course with 15 Singers from all over the world. Also several singers doing a refresher polishing up their audition techniques.
Mezzo, Ylva Gruen from Sweden, who was awarded the Kaminsky Bursary in September, Ylva had attended the course in 2017, came back again in December and is working not only with the Agency Bühnenreif (Leipzig) but also with Boris Orlob (Berlin) we watch her progress with interest …
Actor Paul Frielinghaus gave a class and was greatly appreciated.
2 Singers were actually taken on at the same time by the Cicada Agency pleasing us all greatly!
Our Mini Course with Prof Gerd Uecker & Team:December 4 -6th 2018,is full ! We are also working with Actor, Paul Frielinghaus, for the first time. Stephan Reineke from TACT Agency will spend 3 hours accessing and guiding the group at the end of the 3 days.
Success and Rewards all round after 2 Intensive Summer Courses !
We are happy with the fruits of our hard work … such wonderfully talented singers and so enthusiastically engaged, inspired and hard working!
3 singers are now on Agents books: Artista International ( München) and Bühnen Reif (Leipzig) Tiitus Yiilpa , Ylva Gruen and Nadia Steinhardt. Marilyn Barnett from the Berliner Staatsoper, also spoke with Nadia about a project in 2019. The competition is tough but all gained great insights and the feedback was tremendous.