The primary aim of this masterclasses /workshop series is to investigate and develop our ability to communicate through song by working with artist who themselves have achieved notoriety due to their own unique abilities to reach out and touch the audience.
These day long masterclass/workshops will give the singer/student a unique opportunity to work, one to one, with some of the world’s finest pianists, coaches, singers, performers and artists in an intimate environment designed with the students needs at the fore.
Jeremy Carpenter - Baritone
Jeremy Carpenter, as animateur and pedagogue, leads and participates in each days masterclass/workshop. The common thread of his pedagogy is to approach singing technique from a holistic perspective, that text, drama and musicality are inextricably linked and that it is their symbiotic relationship together that forms the cornerstone of a singer's artistry and Craft.
18th March 2016
Matti Hirvonen - Collaborative Pianist and Jeremy Carpenter - Baritone
German, Scandinavian and English song
Swedish pianist Matti Hirvonen has specialised as a collaborative pianist since he was a student and is today widely regarded as one of the leading accompanists in Scandinavia, equally comfortable in all forms of chamber music.
In July 2016 he was appointed Professor of Collaborative piano at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in the USA. Previously he was Professor of accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and has held similar positions at the Royal Colleges of Music in London and Stockholm.
As Testament to his outstanding achievements within Swedish Music he was awarded, in 2014, the Royal medal Litteris et Artibus by his Majesty Karl Gustav XVI.
Katarina Karnéus Mezzo - soprano
Born in Stockholm, Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Opera engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, La Monnaie Brussels, the Geneva Opera and the Frankfurt Opera.
In concert, Katarina Karnéus has workedwith many of the world’s leading Orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NDR Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
Ann Hallenberg - Mezzo soprano
The Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg regularly appears in opera houses and festivals such as Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro la Fenice Venice, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra National Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Bordeaux, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Monaco, Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Norwegian National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm. She is highly sought after as a concert singer and she frequently appears in concert halls throughout Europe and North America
Piano Lars-David Nilsson
30th September 2016
Irene Kudela was born in Yugoslavia from a czech-russian-polish-french family. She started her musical studies in Prag, Czekoslovakia, and Mastered in Paris Conservatory, in Piano, Chamber music and Accompaniment. She is a Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. She is ﬂuent in seven languages, which enables her to collaborate to the preparation of numerous operas, and to assist conductors like Pierre Boulez, Guenadi Rozhdestvensky, Jiri Belohlavek, Kent Nagano, Myung Whung Chung and Charles Mackerras.
She has been invited in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Rome, München, Helsinki, Oslo, Göteborg, Budapest and Paris. From 1985 to 1988, she assisted Mstislav Rostropovitch in all the operas he conducted, in Europe and America. As a vocal coach, she has coached numerous of famous singers, like Rolando Villazon, Natalie Dessay, Roberto Alagna, Renee Fleming, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi and Leonie Rysanek. She is also Chorus Master, invited at the Opera Bastille, Theatre des Champs Elysees, RadioFrance. She is coaching young singers and pianists at the Academie de l'Opera de Paris, the London National Opera Studio and the Foundation Royaumont. Invited in famous Festivals like Aix en Provence, Savonlinna, Salzburg, Orange, Glyndebourne, she has also performed as a pianist in Yugoslavia, Japan, Finland, England and France. She has recorded a Darius Milhaud recital with the french baryton Jean-François Gardeil, and has been vocal adviser for opera recordings by EMI, ERATO, TELDEC, DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON and HUNGAROTON.
Bizic was born in Belgrade and studied at the opera studios of Israeli Opera and Paris Opéra. In 2007 he was an award-winner at Operalia. Engagements include Leporello and Masetto (Don Giovanni), Schaunard, Mathieu (Andrea Chénier) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for Paris Opéra, Albert and Marcello for Metropolitan Opera, New York, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Vlaamse Opera and in Monte Carlo, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Geneva, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Saint Etienne, Masetto for Aix-en-Provence Festival and Teatro Real, Madrid, Leporello for Bolshoi Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin, LA Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Vienna State Opera, Ravinia Festival and in Toulouse, Rennes and Montpellier, Don Giovanni for Slovene National Theatre and Opéra de Rouen, Eugene Onegin in Limoges, Publio (La clemenza di Tito) in Avignon, Strasbourg and Montpellier, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Escamillo (Carmen) in Belgrade and Escamillo and High Priest (Samson et Dalilia) for Royal Swedish Opera.