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Masterclass for conductors

International Opera Masterclass in Czech Republic

The Orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre

10-17 July 2020

This intensive summer 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 main goal is to help opera singers with studying and recording the main arias, duets, and scenes of one or several operas selected from the masterclass repertoire list (see the masterclass repertoire below).
The course is intended for professional opera singers, students of musical colleges and academies, as well as for high-level non-professional singers wishing to strengthen their skills in the opera repertoire.
Participants will work with leading opera singers, coaches, and conductors of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Prague National Theatre, the Slovak National Theatre, guest soloists of the New York Metropolitan Opera (see information below).
The course offers individual voice lessons, interpretation lessons, rehearsals and the concert with the orchestra, interactive talks on choosing repertoires, conductor-singer communication and common singers' mistakes at auditions. Participants expected to attend all lessons and rehearsals.

Voice and interpretation 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 controlling muscular activity in a balanced breathing process. Tutors will work on improving singer's pronunciation (if necessary), expression of music phrases, appropriate style interpretation and expressive artistic gestures.

A complete analysis of works and comprehensive approach to your singing act will guarantee a successful path to singer's auditions and future performances!
Tutors answer the main question HOW to get the best result!

10 the best singers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their enhanced skills at the final concert with the orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre in Budweis.
All participants will have an opportunity to record selected pieces for your portfolio in rehearsals with the orchestra.
Singers will also take part in the recital at the beautiful Empire Theater in Třeboň, one of the oldest theaters in Bohemia.
All orchestra rehearsals and the concert will be video recorded and participants will receive edited videos via online transfer two weeks after the masterclass. Unedited videos will be available immediately and can be copied on your USB memory stick.
The certificate of participation will be issued to all participants who have completed this master class.
We welcome applicants aged 18 or over.
The application deadline is 3rd March 2020.


REPERTOIRE Please, select from this repertoire list and prepare 5-6 arias, duets or scenes from one or several different operas. Please make a notice of your selection in your application.
W.A.Mozart - The Magic Flute,
Don Giovanni,
The Abduction from the Serail,
The Marriage of Figaro;
G.Rossini - The Barber of Seville;
G.Verdi - Troubadour,
La Forza del Destino,
G.Puccini - La Bohème,
B.Smetana - The Bartered Bride,
A.Dvořák - Rusalka.


Orchestra singing

The Orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre.


The master class will be held in the South Bohemian Theatre. Dr. Stejskala 424/19, 370 47 České Budějovice, Czech Republic.


The Final concert takes place at the South Bohemian Theatre in Budweis on 17th July at 19.00.
The recital is at the Empire Theater in Třeboň on 15th July at 19.00.
Both concerts will be recorded and the edited video will be sent to all participants.



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


Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the participants.
Feel free to stay in any hotel in Budweis.
If you need cheaper accommodation, we can offer you a single room with a bathroom in a conservatory dormitory for the price of 15 EUR per night. Breakfast costs 5 EUR. The dormitory is situated in the centrum of Budweis directly in the conservatory. You can practice there if necessary.
Please, email the masterclass manager for any questions.

singers masterclass


Please, email the masterclass manager:
Phone number: +420 608 917 903


Leading opera singers, coaches, and opera conductors ofthe 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

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.


Lior Shambadal


Lior Shambadal - Principal Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker (1997-2019), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in Columbia (since 2008), the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in Llubljana (2000-2003), Musical director of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern (1993- 2000), the Haifa Symphony Orchestra ( since1980), Musical director of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern (1993- 2000), the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra (1986- 1993), the Haifa Symphony Orchestra ( since1980). Maestro gives masterclasses in Canada, Italy, Germany, and Czech Republic, teaches critical aspects of conducting, studying the score, musical analysis, conducting technique and principals of working with singers.

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.
Active participant fee is 1300 USD (1150 EUR). Active participants will be involved in 5 voice and interpretation lessons, 3 rehearsals with the orchestra, the recital or/and the final concert. All lessons of the masterclass are open for participants. Please, ask the masterclass manager for the schedule.
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 no later than two weeks 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 additional information. 

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