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Opera Masterclass for conductors

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Orchestral conducting masterclass with Maestro Lior Shambadal & the orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre (full-size professional symphony orchestra)


      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.
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The page on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lior_Shambadal

Each Active participant will be entitled to:
100 minutes of podium time conducting the orchestra of the South Bohemian Theatre
a minimum of 60 minutes of podium time in piano sessions, as well as sessions with pianist & singers
• each Active participant will conduct a Dress rehearsal and the Final concert
• attending all meetings, classes and rehearsals
Each Semi-active participant will be entitled to:
90 minutes of podium time in piano sessions
• attending all meetings, classes, rehearsals and the final concert, without an opportunity to conduct the orchestra
The application deadline is 15th May 2020.
We select qualified candidates gradually until the application deadline, early applying candidates have more chances to participate.


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.
Participants are welcomed to prepare selected overtures and instrumental pieces from the repertoire list above. Additionally, we would like to know which operas you would like to focus on. Please write your preferences in the application. Conductors will be informed in advance about arias, duets or scenas they have to prepare for the masterclass.
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The concert program will be divided among participants.
The Final concert will be held 17th July at 19.00 in the South Bohemian Theatre, České Budějovice (Budweis)


The course will be taught primarily in English and secondary in German (as well as French, Italian and Dutch).


The course will take place in České Budějovice (Budweis) icon link, Czech Republic.
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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.
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Travel costs must be covered by each participant.
Getting from Prague to České Budějovice by Train
2½h, hourly IC/EC trains; 2h, SC Pendolino every two hours.
Fast trains (category R) are useless at this route, they're slower and cost the same as IC/EC.
Regular fare is € 12, the second person in a group (of 2 or more) pays € 8, extra people pay € 7, SporoTiket is € 8.
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Don’t hesitate to contact us, we will help you to manage your trip.


All sessions with the orchestra will be video recorded and each conductor will receive his/her videos via Internet.
Video recording of orchestra rehearsals and the concert is included in the price.
You can use also your own cameras for video recording if necessary.

Masterclass fees

Active participant's fee is € 1750.
Semi-active participant's fee is € 550
Daily Visitors' (passive participation) fee is € 35
There is no registration/application fee.
Payment schedule
- 25 % of the participant’s fee have to be paid as a deposit via bank transfer two weeks at the latest after the organizers` confirmation of your participation;
- the rest of the fee has to be paid via bank transfer by 1st June .
The deposit is 100% refundable only in case of cancellation of the masterclass by the organizer.
For an individual payment plan please contact the Course Manager icon link

The Certificate of participation will be provided to all Participants who have completed the masterclass for conductors.
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Masterclasses for conductors with a full-size orchestra.

Conducting Programs include Opera & Orchestral Conducting masterclasses and workshops,
Masterclass venues & locations: Prague, České Budějovice, Marienbad, Karlovy Vary, Budweis