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Overview of the conducting masterclass, 20 Jan 2016

The masterclass is arranged in collaboration with a famous leading soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Marina Shaguch (soprano), the best operatic coach from the wide world known the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona Maestro Mark Hastings and excellent opera conductor Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Simfònica del Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona (since 1998 ), Associate Conductor with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (since 2002) Maestro Guerassim Voronkov.
The Opera Singing Masterclass is combined with the International opera conducting courses.

A very intensive studying process includes individual vocal lessons with piano, operatic coaching lessons, working with the conductor and piano, movement rehearsals and stagecraft instruction, scene rehearsals with the orchestra.
The program includes the production of Verdi's Il Trovatore and the Opera -Gala concert.
Participants have the opportunity to sing a full role in the performance of Il Trovatore, other participants will take part in the Opera-Gala concert with the symphony orchestra of the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Marina Shaguch (vocal)

The leading soprano at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1990 to the present time
Professor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2008 - 2011)
the Metropolitan Opera (1995 - 1996)
• Coperation with IMG Artists
• Coperation with Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI)
• 1st prize at the Rosa Ponselle International Opera Singers' Competition (USA, 1992)
• 2nd prize at the Tchaikovsky International Opera Singers' Competition (1990)
• 1st prize at the Musorgsky All-Russian Opera Singers' Competition (1989)
• 1st prize at the Glinka All-Russian Singers' Competition (1989)

Маrina Shaguch graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1990 in the class of Professor Tamara Novichenko - the famouse Russian Vocal Professor, who learn to sing so big singers as Anna Netrebko, Veronika Dzhioeva, Elena Ustinova, Galina Shoydagbaeva, Elena Mirtova, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, and Irina Matayeva.
  Marina Shaguch is one of the leading soprano at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
  Appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Buckingham Palace (as Desdemona in “Otello” partnered Placido Domingo and Valery Gergiev), La Scala, Metropolitan, Covent Garden among others. Sung with New York Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony.
  Collaborated with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Alexander Vedernikov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Antonio Papano, Helmut Rilling, Arvo Volmer, Yakov Kreizberg, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Maris Jansons,Yuri Temirkanov, James Conlon, Eri Klas, Gintaras Rinkevicius. She has wide opera and concert repertoire.
  The considerable concert repertoire includes the Verdi “Requiem” and “Te Deum”, the Mahler “Das Klagende Lied”, the Schubert “Salve Regina”, the Strauss “Vier Letzte Lieder”, Shostakovich’s Jewish Folk Poetry and Fleischmann's “Rothschild's Violin”. Marina Shaguch’s concert repertoire includes the soprano roles in cantatas and masses by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rossini, Bruckner, Dvořák, Fauré’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second, Third and Eighth Symphonies, Rakhmaninov’s poem The Bells, Britten’s War Requiem, Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony, Szymanowski’s Stabat mater and von Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie in addition to vocal cycles.
  Marina Shaguch has recorded for the Philips, BMG, Conifer, Capriccio, Chandos, Octavia, Supraphon and Hänssler labels.
  Opera repertoire includes Aida in “Aida”, Primadonna in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Leonora in “La forza del destino”, Elizabetta in “Don Carlos”, Desdemona in “Otello”, Elsa in “Lohengrin”, Sieglinde in “Walküre”, Donna Anna "The Stone Guest", Маria (Mazepa), Мlada (Mlada), Francesca "Francesca da Rimini", Мimì "La bohème", Liù "Turandot", Маrguerite "Faust", Donna Anna "Don Giovanni" and Countess "Le nozze di Figaro" – besides Russian operas by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and other.

Mark Hastings (operating coach)

Head of Repertoire responsible for musical preparation at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. (1999 – 2015)

  Mark Hastings, born in New York, USA, received his MM in piano at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After winning several competitions, and attending the Tanglewood Summer program, he was professor of piano at Plattsburg State College, NY. After more studies in the University of Michigan opera program, he moved to New York to dedicate himself to operatic coaching.

  His first theatrical engagement was as ballet accompanist in Bremen, Germany in 1978. There followed principal engagements in the opera houses of Düsseldorf, and Naples (Italy) and the Deustche Staatsoper in Berlin, under Daniel Barenboim.

  He has also worked as a guest in many other theatres: Stuttgart and Munich in Germany, and Macerata, Pesaro and Torino in Italy. In the USA, he was associate conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and the Dallas Opera. With Claudio Abbado he worked with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Luzern Festival in Switzerland.

  In lieder recitals he has accompanied such singers as Montserrat Caballé, Thomas Hampson, Dolora Zajick and Joyce DiDonato, and he is frequently heard in recitals at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, his artistic home since 1999. At the Liceu, until his retirement in 2015, he held the position of “Head of Repertoire”, responsible for musical preparation.

• Associate Conductor with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (since 2002)
• Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Simfònica del Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona (since 1998 )
• Associate Professor (Master of Conducting) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
• Associate Conductor with the Simfònica de l'Acadèmia of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
• Founder and Artistic Director with the Camerata Mediterranea Orchestra.

The masterclass has two programs Il Trovatore and Opera Gala

Opera Gala - 22 - 26 January 2016

Every participant will get:
• 100 minutes individual vocal lessons with piano,
• 50 minutes Individual operatic coaching lessons,
• 60 minutes individual work with the conductor and piano
• The rehearsal with the orchestra
• 25th January - Dress rehearsal
• 26th January - Opera Gala performance

Required arias for applying:

Please, prepare two arias from the next composers:
Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini,
Rossini, Puccini, Verdi,
Massenet, Bizet and other composers of that period.

Il Trovatore - 22 - 30 January 2016

Every participant will get:
• 100 minutes individual vocal lessons with piano,
• 100 minutes Individual operatic coaching lessons,
• 60 minutes individual work with the conductor and piano
• 6 Scene rehearsals with piano,
• 2 Scene rehearsals with the orchestra.
• 1 Antepiano rehearsal
• 29th January - Dress rehearsal
• 30th January - Il Trovatore performance

Required arias for applying

• Leonora " Tacea la notte placida..."
  or " D'amor sull ali rosee.."
• Manrico "Ah si,ben mio - Di quella pira..."
• Conte di Luna "il balen del suo sorriso..."
• Azucena "Condotta ell'era in ceppi"

All lessons and rehearsals are open for auditors, participants can attend any rehearsal in the masterclass Il Trovatore and Opera-Gala.

We do not recommend the participating in Opera Gala show to singers, who will sing leader roles in Il Trovatore.

Singers are expected to study their roles prior to the start of the course. It is important that you know by heart and prepared the pieces as much as possible to gain the maximum benefits from the course.

You still can apply for lessons with Marina Shaguch without the participation in performances.


The course will be taught in English.

Nevertheless, Maestro Mark Hastings can speak English, Spanish and German, Marina Shaguch speaks English and Russian, the leader of conductors Maestro Voronkov can speak English, Spanish and Russian.
We will make our best effort to provide language support if you don't speak these languages.
Please make a note in your application if you need that support.


Accommodation costs must be covered by each participant.
We provide you an accommodation in the hotel Vladimir **** single rooms with the price € 31 per night.


Travel costs must be covered by each participant.
The nearest airports are in Prague.
Travel from Prague to Ústí nad Labem will take you about 1hour 15mins. There are connections every 30 minutes.


Both show will be recorded and copied on DVD.

The recording is included in the price.

You can use also your own camera for video recording.