Applicants successful for this class will work individually with Ann Murray for 30 minutes on any suitable repertoire of their choice. Repertoire must be submitted in advance and should be fully memorised. A handful of applicants will also be chosen to take part in the Public Masterclass on the evening of Sunday 29th July 2018.
Ann Murray has been acclaimed for her performances of the great Handel, Strauss and Mozart roles in the opera houses of Hamburg, Dresden, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich, Amsterdam, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. She has particularly strong links with English National Opera, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera. In 1998 Ann Murray was made a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera and in 2002 was appointed an honorary DBE in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Birthday Honours.
This class is worth five class points and successful applicants will be allocated repertoire in advance to learn and memorise one scene with one director and a secondary scene with the other director. For each scene, a music call will be taken by the conductor at the start of the week, with at least two production calls with the relevant director and a dress rehearsal prior to the final performance. Language coaching will be provided and all successful applicants will also be involved in two tutti ensemble scenes. Opera scenes will be directed by Janis Kelly or Linda Ormiston with Gary Matthewman, Sergey Rybin or William Vann conducting. The course culminates in the Saturday evening Opera Scenes workshop performance – a high point of the week for many.
In this class, participants and audience will experience song cycles prepared and performed in their entirety. It will involve group sessions with the nominated tutors early in the week (as detailed below), with all class participants exploring the poetry and music in preparation for a public performance. Before the concert the tutor will give a short talk about the cycles.
This class is worth two class points and is only available to full-week course applicants. Please note that successful applicants for song cycles with Malcolm Martineau may not select additional classes with him as part of their weekly allocation, but may apply for extra classes subject to availability.
Repertoire allocation will be confirmed in advance and applicants should be familiar with their whole cycle prior to arrival on the course. Tutors will then allocate individual songs during the group classes. The chosen cycles this year will be:
- Britten – Winter Words, Op. 52 (Led by Malcolm Martineau and open to Ladies/Gents in the high/low key)
- Strauss – 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blätter, Op.10 (Led by Malcolm Martineau and open to Ladies/Gents in the high/low key)
- Rossini – La regata veneziana (Led by Matteo Dalle Fratte and open to Ladies)
- Fauré – Poème d’un jour, Op.21 (Led by Robin Bowman and open to Gents)
- Mussorgsky – The Nursery (Led by Sergey Rybin and open to Ladies/Gents)