Laudatio for a new, groundbreaking Training Program for Opera Singers, Conductors and Opera Coaches! In my own long career out in the opera world I do not remember I ever had so much time - 14 days!! - to shape and energize these beloved jewel score of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Wagner and both Johann and Richard Strauss into polished, vibrant performances - as it happened just last season at SCU. I felt very honored in helping to actually prove that this unique coming together program works great, magically! - growing together, trusting each other more and more after each hard working day. My very best wishes for the creators of Bach-Millennium-Music! These two weeks at SCU give all participants so much more for their professional experience.
Maestro Matthias Kuntzsch Former Principal Conductor of the Bonn Theater, National Theater Mannhem, State Opera Hamburg, National Theater Munich, Music Director of the Opera and Symphony of Lübeck and the State Theater and Orchestra of the Saarland, Saarbrücken
Here is what our students shared with us about their experience:
Working with orchestra and closely with the conductors was the most valuable part of the program for me. I feel more secure in my technique. The program was very open and including. Thank you! -2017 Student
All of the coachings, voice lessons, acting, the time with the orchestra and conductors helped to perfect the pieces and be well prepared for the orchestra rehearsals and performances. Everyone helped build my confidence- yet pushed and challenged me. I improved so much. The video recordings are so valuable as well. - 2017 student
I was constantly stressed about doing what the maestros wanted and being prepared. Learning to work with stress is a great experience. Rehearsing with orchestra EVERY DAY is unheard of. The program was organized very well and the faculty was great. -2017 Student
I liked the Master Classes a lot. My breath control has definitely improved. I liked Jane's perspective on breath control. Keep doing this program, please! As young artists we need a positive learning environment to push us to be stronger performers. -2017 Student
I definitely made progress vocally and technically, getting to work with orchestra in a friendly and constructive environment and having few voice lessons per week. I now feel a lot more confident in regards to singing with orchestra. -2017 Student
When my coachings and rehearsals were spread out throughout the day, I had to learn to preserve my voice and not to tire myself out. Having this time to focus solely on opera under the guidance of so many knowledgeable and experienced instructors has been very valuable. Thank you so much for everything! It has been an amazing experience! -2017 Student
The rehearsals, and in between...
Photos curtesy of Sosa's Photo & Video, Fernando Sosa and Lyubomir Grigorov