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Masterclass for conductors

Prague International Opera Singing Masterclass

25 - 31 August 2019

This intensive training course is aimed to improve the vocal technique of participants and provide them with highly professional advice in interpreting Classical and Romantic opera pieces.
The course is intended for professional opera singers, students of music colleges, music academies, as well as for high-level non-professional singers wishing to strengthen their skills in opera repertoire. We welcome applications from singers aged 18 or over.
Participants will work with lead opera singers, coaches, and conductors from the New York Metropolitan Opera, Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg and the Prague National Theatre (see information below).
The course offers individual voice lessons, interpretation lessons, interactive talks on choosing repertoires, conductor-singer communication and common singers' mistakes at auditions.
During the interpretation lessons tutors will work individually on improving interpretation of selected arias and duets. The following modules will be taught: different form and style interpretation, musical phrasing and vocal techniques, diction, pronunciation and expressive artistic gestures.
Voice lessons will be focused on enhancing voice stability in higher registers, vibrato, quality legato, and correct breathing to optimize the resonance. Special attention will be paid to better controlled muscular activity in a balanced breathing process.
The participants will have opportunity to demonstrate their enhanced skills and proficiency at the Final concert.
The CERTIFICATE of participation will be issued to all the participants who have completed this master class.
The application deadline is 30 June 2019.


The working repertoire to be chosen by the participants may include 5 or 6 classical or romantic opera and operetta arias, as well as ensemble scenes. Pieces from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Bizet, Massenet, Wagner, Johan Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Smetana, and other composers are welcome. 
Working on new roles and pieces you need for performances and auditions!
German, Italian, French, Czech and Russian repertoire invited.


Applicants are invited to choose the suitable form of tuition: Active, Semi-active or Passive.
Active participants will be involved in daily individual voice and interpretation lessons, the final concert.
Semi-active participants will be entitled for 3x 60 minutes voice or interpretation lessons + possible participation at the final concert.
Passive participants will attend all lessons, discussions and the concert as listeners.
The Certificate of participation will be issued to all the participants who have completed this master class.


The course will be taught in English. In addition, our tutors will provide additional explanations in German, French, Italian, Czech and Russian.


The master class will be held in Prague Music School, Taussigova 1150/2. Prague 8.


All selected Active participants have opportunity to participate in the final concert at the Prague Simona a Judy concert hall on 31st August at 19.00. 
This concert will be recorded and the edited video will be sent to all participants.
Conductors and managers of Prague theatres, orchestras and artist agencies will be invited to the Final concert to appreciate the participants’ artistic and vocal skills.


Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by participants.
Please, email to the Masterclass manager for any questions.


Please, email to the Masterclass manager for any questions.


Leading opera singers, coaches, and opera conductors from the New York Metropolitan Opera, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the National Theatre in Prague.

Peter Mikuláš

Voice lessons & interpretation.
Italian, German, Russian & Czech repertoire

Peter Mikuláš - bass, frequent Guest soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Berlin State Opera and Teatro dell'Opera in Roma, the resident soloist with the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava since 1978, Guest soloist of the National Theatre of Prague and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. He has given concerts in the Wiener Musikverein and Royal Albert Hall in London.

Маrina Shaguch

Voice lessons & interpretation.
Italian, German & Russian repertoire

Маrina Shaguch - the leading soprano at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1990, soloist at the Metropolitan Opera (1995 - 1996), Professor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2008 - 2011), cooperates with IMG Artists and Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI). She has recorded for the Philips, BMG, Conifer, Capriccio, Chandos, Octavia, Supraphon and Hänssler labels.

Mark Pinzow

opera coach
Operatic coaching & interpretation.
German, Italian, French, Czech and Russian repertoire

Head vocal coach and pianist of the National Theatre of Prague, Head of Opera Music Preparation, Education and Voice Advisor of the National Theatre of Prague, professor Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has been a coach and conductor in many opera houses and served as Studienleiter at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Oper Leipzig, Oper Frankfurt, Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen.

Martin Bárta

Voice lessons & interpretation.
German, Italian, French, Czech repertoire

Martin Bárta - baritone, soloist of the State Opera in Prague since1997, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, the National Theatre in Brno and others. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, South Korea and the USA. Since 2006 he has taught solo singing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Richard Hein

opera conductor
operatic coaching & interpretation.
German, Italian, Czech and Russian repertoire

Richard Hein - conductor of the State Opera Prague and National Theatre Prague. He has been involved as both interpreter and educator in a project entitled Toujours Mozart, staged concurrently in Salzburg, Austria, and in Prague. He has been a conductor of the National Theatre Opera. Since 1999 Richard Hein had conducted the Opera Mozart summer festival season mounted annually at Prague´s Estates Theatre.

Alexander Khaindrava


Alexander Khaindrava, Principal Guest Conductor of the Klaipeda Music Theatre in Lithuania. Started his musical education as a contrabassist in Tbilisi, Georgia, later continued and graduated the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Alexander Khaindrava worked at the Mariinsky Theatre, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanazava Chamber Orchestra (Japan) and prepared the Tbilisi Opera Orchestra for the concert with Placido Domingo

Kostiantyn Tyshko


Kostiantyn Tyshko works at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts as an accompanist and also at National Opera Theater Brno as an assistant conductor and pianist. Kostiantyn Tyshko had performed concerts in Ukraine, Lithuania, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. He has won the „Musica be sienu“ competition. He made recordings for Czech National Radio. As a soloist, Kostiantyn played with Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and “Chordata Brno” orchestra.

Stanislav Gallin


Stanislav Gallin works in the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is a founder of Trio Orbis. This ensemble won already several international competitions as well as the first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Hamburg. Stanislav has performed as a soloist with the orchestra of Petersburg Philharmonic, Les Solistes Européens Luxembourg etc. He has worked with distinguished conductors including Jack Martin Handler and Peter Vrábel. As a chamber player, he has appeared on stages in many European countries and USA.


There is no registration/application fee.
Payment conditions for Active, Semi-active and Passive participation differ.
Additional information on the master class fees is available from the Masterclass manager.
Daily visitor's fee is € 35/ day.

Payment schedule:
- 30 percent of the participant fee has to be paid as a deposit via bank transfer two weeks at the latest after the confirmation of your participation. Participants cover all the associated banking transfer costs.
- the rest of the fee has to be paid via bank transfer two weeks before the master class starts.
The deposit is 100% refundable in case of cancellation of the masterclass by the organizer
Please contact the Masterclass manager for any addition information. 


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