Making the leap from student to engaged opera singer!
Audition Training Opera Courses 2018
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 !
• Final Concerts each week again with Agents (Tact, Artista International, Opera Connection, Cicada, G&S Management-Garbrecht, Buhnenreif, Boris Orlob) Head of the Opera Studio (last year;Komische Oper Berlin) conductors and producers represent as a small selective jury.
•A Busary from the Walther Kaminsky Foundation and an Audience Prize.
•Intensive Interpretation and technical work with Cheryl Studer and Gerd Uecker
•Audition Training – intensively
•Stage Craft and Gesture for auditions
•German Text Classes
•Lectures : An afternoon with a Berlin Agent for the “ins and outs” of the system. Short lecture Gerd Uecker, eg. Heroines of Mozart Opera
•Marketing and work on CV s for the German System
•Questions & Answers with Marilyn Barnett, Studienleiterin der Staatsoper Berlin.
•Personality Training – Brain Training- relaxation, protection and concentration … positive preparation/ techniques, for the profession
•Support / Fitness/ Breath control extended !
•Session on Style I Colours / Make up advice
•Great facilities… as you can see!
•Getting to know the ins and outs of the Opera Business in Germany in this wonderful cultural city BERLIN !
Now in 2019 we have new Courses coming up and some new Ideas !
2019 sees our Focus will be on polishing up your German Repertoire
whether Opera, Operetta or SpielOper ( look up Lortzing/ Nicolai/ Flotow and you will see what we mean!)
We will offer 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.