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 a concert with the orchestra as well as interactive talks on choosing repertoires, conductor-singer communication and common singers' mistakes at auditions. Participants are 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 concerts 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.
A certificate of participation will be issued to all participants who have completed this master class.
We welcome applicants aged 18 or over. Selected singers from the Online audition will be invited to take part in the masterclass as Active participants.
The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020
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.
- The Magic Flute
- Don Giovanni
- The Abduction from the Serail
- The Marriage of Figaro
- The Barber of Seville
- La Forza del Destino
- La Bohème
B.Smetana - The Bartered Bride
A.Dvořák - Rusalka.
The Orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre.
VENUE OF THE MASTERCLASS
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
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.
Food: Lunch - from € 6, Dinner- from € 7, drinks - from € 1.
Please, email the masterclass manager for any questions.
Please, email the masterclass manager:
Phone number: +420 608 917 903
Leading opera singers, coaches, and opera conductors of the National Theatre in Prague, the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg Mariinsky and the Slovak National Theatre.
OPERA SINGING MASTERCLASS FEES
There is no registration/application fee.
Active participant fee is 1300 USD (1150 EUR).
Daily visitor's fee is 35 EUR per day.
- 30 % 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 one month 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.