März

Vocal Masterclass with Kammersänger Dieter Schweikard

March 13 – 18, 2018

To the stage!

Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 425 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day


Kammersänger Dieter Schweikard is a master of his Fach. We here at the Opera Academy are very happy to welcome him to the faculty in 2018.


The course includes:

  • Breathing exercises for all participants before the individual lessons
  • Daily individuell lessons
  • Seminar: Singing in German“ ca. 45 minutes for all participants, including German native speakers. The Seminar includes technical basics as well as German diction, based on performance practices in Opera and Lied.
  • Reperoire and role advice, as well as Fach advice
  • Agency and Audition advice

The number of active participants is limited to 10. interested singers should send a CV and  a current recording (2 pieces), a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know KS Schweikard or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 10 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.



April

Workshop with Prof. Klesie Kelly - University Entrance Exams & Auditions

April 5 – 8, 2018

In the Startblock
Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Course fee: 220 EUR
Registration fee: 50 EUR

It is becoming more and more difficult for young singers to gain entrance to a music university. Agency auditions also present many obstacles for young and inexperienced singers.

In this course , Prof. Klesie Kelly offers advice which stem from her many years of experience as a professor, assuring a professional performance at the audition.


The course includes:

  • Repertoire (individual advice)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Clothing
  • Presentation
  • Hair style/Makeup

The course begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. A meal is included everyday. Participation is limited to 10 singers; each participant receives individual lessons as well as group sessions and a private consultation with Prof. Kelly. The course ends with a public concert.



Acting for Singers with stage director Oliver Klöter

April 13 - 15, 2018

One, Two, Three, Action!
Muscial assistance: Denette Whitter, Anna Balint, Jeanne Vogt

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 180 EUR, including lunch on Saturday
Course fee (passive): 50 EUR complete course

Course II: June 1 - 3

Your acting skills could use work? Not sure how to move on the stage? This course is the right one for you! Stage director Oliver Klöter offers basic as well as advanced acting techniques for singers. Each participant should prepare 2  3 arias, a demo recording is not required. The course begins on Friday at 4 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm.

Acting for Singers II continues the work from Acting for Singers I. It is possible to participate in the second course without having completed the first course.


Masterclass „Winterreise“ with Prof. Arthur Janzen and Pianist Denette Whitter

April 24 – 29, 2018

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active, singer or pianist): 425 EUR
Course fee (active, Duo): 825 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Schubert's masterpiece „Winterreise“ is one of the most important compositions of the German Lied repertoire.The Opera Academy is very pleased to offer in 2018 a masterclass dedicated to this great song cycle. Professor Arthur Janzen und pianist Denette Whitter will concentrate on technique as well as interpretation. The class is open to both singers and pianists; students, professionals as well as advanced amateurs.

The number of active participants is limited to 12. Interested singers should send a short CV and a current recording (if possible in German), a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Prof. Janzen or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 12 qualified singers/pianists/duos will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.



Mai

Masterclass with Prof. Klesie Kelly

May 22 – 27, 2018

Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 425 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Prof. Klesie Kelly is one of the most sought after voice teachers of our time. The Opera Academy is proud to announce her masterclass in 2018. She will focus on vocal technique as well as interpretation. Her teaching experience is enormous, and offers a marvellous source for both students and professional singers.

The number of active participants is limited to 12. Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording, a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Prof. Kelly or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 12 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.



Juni

Acting for Singers with stage director Oliver Klöter

June 1 - 3, 2018

One, Two, Three, Action!
Muscial assistance: Denette Whitter, Anna Balint, Jeanne Vogt

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 180 EUR, including lunch on Saturday
Course fee (passive): 50 EUR complete course

Your acting skills could use work? Not sure how to move on the stage? This course is the right one for you! Stage director Oliver Klöter offers basic as well as advanced acting techniques for singers. Each participant should prepare 2  3 arias, a demo recording is not required. The course begins on Friday at 4 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm.

Acting for Singers II continues the work from Acting for Singers I. It is possible to participate in the second course without having completed the first course.


Italian Diction and Arias with Vocal Coach Denette Whitter

June 22 - 24, 2018

O Dio Mio
for singers and pianists
    
Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee: (active): 190 EUR
Course fee: (passive) 75 EUR complete course

Italien double consonants are a mystery for you? You sound „too german“ when you sing Puccini or Verdi? This course offers first aid for your italien diction!. All of the pronounciation rules for „Stage“ Italian and the international phonetic alphabet receive particular emphasis. And, „learning by singing“: each participant, as well as the pianist, should prepare 2-3- arias or songs in Italian.

Participation is limited to 10 singers/pianists. A demo recording is not required. Passive participation is also possible. The course will end with a private concert (not open to the public) in the Roter Saal.


Masterclass with Allison Oakes

June 26 – July 1, 2018

Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 425 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Allison Oakes is not only one of the most sought after sopranos of our time: she is also an insider tip among voice teachers. The Opera Academy is proud to announce her masterclass in 2018. She will focus on vocal technique as well as interpretation. Her teaching experience is enormous, and offers a marvellous source for both students and professional singers.

The number of active participants is limited to 10. Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording (if possible in german), a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Ms. Oakes or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 10 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.



Juli

Bel Canto on Broadway with Prof. Noelle Turner

July 24 – 29, 2018

Musical Assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 425 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

The Opera Academy is proud to announce Prof. Noelle Turner's fourth masterclass in Henfenfeld.

This masterclass is open to musical singers, classical singers, voice teachers, students and talented young singers who are preparing for University auditions.
The main focus points of the course are: technical work, interpretation and stage presentation.A classical Belcanto technique as well as modern vocal technique will be examined. The course will conclude with a public concert on Sunday, July 29 at 5 PM (weather permitting in the castle courtyard).

Please prepare:  2 -6 contrasting songs from the musical repertoire, at least one in german adn one composed after 1965. No pop songs.

Repertoire suggestions: www.noelle-turner.de – Text.




August

Role Study „Così fan tutte“

August 13 – 26, 2018

So machen es alle oder Die Schule der Liebenden
Rollenstudium „Così fan tutte“                   

sung in italian
Stage Director: Oliver Klöter
Musical Direction: Denette Whitter
   
Registration Fee: 50 EUR
Course Fee: 675 EUR

It is difficult to learn a complete opera role alone. And it is becoming more and more important for young singers to have completed roles on their resume, in order to receive an audition for agencies or theaters. The Opera Academy offers each year the possibility to study and perform a complete role in a major opera, in the original language and completely staged.

The course is limited to 12 singers: each role will be double cast. Interessierte singers should send a cv as well as a recording, if possible a Mozart aria or an aria in Italian, and a recommendation from a voice teacher or vocal coach. Singers who are known to Mr Klöter or Ms. Whitter do not need to send a recording. Singers will be notified at the latest six weeks before the course begins.

Important: Application must be completed by July 1!

Roles:
Fiordiligi, Soprano
Dorabella, Mezzosoprano
Despina, Soprano
Ferrando, Tenor
Guglielmo, Baritone
Don Alfonso: Bass or Bassbaritone



September

Boot Camp „Opera“

September 4 – 9, 2018

An intensive training week for opera singers with
Prof. Arthur Janzen, Vocal Technique
Oliver Klöter, Acting and Audition Training
Denette Whitter, Vocal and Language Coaching

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 575 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Intensive Week Voice – Acting – Auditions: vocal technique in combination with musical and scenic work. Three experienced course directors work in individual lessons and group sessions on the complete „package“ of the singing actor.

The number of active participants is limited to 8: each participant will recieve 3 lessons daily, as well as acting class and audition training.  Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording  a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know one of the course directors do not need to send a recording. The first 8 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.


Boot Camp „Musical and Operetta“

September 18 - 23, 2018

An intensive training week for singers with
James Wood, Acting, Audition Training
Denette Whitter, Vocal Coaching

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 550 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day
  
 
Intensive Week Voice – Acting – Auditions: vocal technique in combination with musical and scenic work. Two experienced course directors work in individual lessons and group sessions on the complete „package“ of the singing actor.

The number of active participants is limited to 8: each participant will recieve 3 lessons daily. Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording  a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know one of the course directors do not need to send a recording. The first 8 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.


Masterclass with Yamina Mamaar

September 25 - 30, 2018

Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 425 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Yamina Mamaar is not only one of the most sought after sopranos of our time: she is also an insider tip among voice teachers. The Opera Academy is proud to announce her masterclass in 2018. She will focus on vocal technique, with particular attention to the application in repertoire. Each singer should prepare 3 – 5 opera or oratorio arias, to be performed from memory.

The number of active participants is limited to 10. Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording, a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Ms. Mamaar or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 10 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.



Oktober

Role Study „La Clemenza di Tito“ with Vocal Coach Denette Whitter

October 2 - 7, 2018

 

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee major role (active): 425 EUR
Course fee minor role (active): 375 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

After the incredible succes of last year's role study course, the Academy director Denette Whitter is pleased to offer the possibilty to study and perform a complete role in concert.
The course is open to professional singers as well as students, and qualified amateurs.

The number of active participants is limited to 12. Interested singers should send a short CV and a current recording (if possible a Mozart aria), a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.


Masterclass with Prof. Thomas Heyer

October 9 - 14, 2018

Musical assistance: Denette Whitter

Registration fee: 50 EUR
Course fee (active): 475 EUR
Course fee (passive): 150 EUR complete course
Course fee (passive): 35 EUR per day

Prof. Thomas Heyer is one of the most sought after voice teachers of our time. The Opera Academy is proud to announce his masterclass in 2018 His teaching experience is enormous, and offers a marvellous source for both students and professional singers. The masterclass will concentrate on voice training, combined then in repertoire. The course is open to professional singers as well as students. Young singers preparing for entrance exams are also welcome. Each participant should prepare 5 arias or songs, memorized.

The number of active participants is limited to 10. Interested singers should send a short CV and  a current recording, a simple mp3 recording via cellphone is ok. Singers who are already know Prof. Heyer or Academy director Denette Whitter do not need to send a recording. The first 10 qualified singers will be accepted to the course. A passive participation is also possible. October 9 is arrival day, lessons begin on October 10. A public concert in the castle's Roter Saal will complete the course.