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VOICE — Prof. Martin Wölfel (Folkwang University of the Arts Essen), Markus Fohr (Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf)

25 April - 29 April

Teachers: 

“If learning to paint means learning to see, then learning to sing means learning to hear, in a broader sense.” (M. Wölfel)

I was born in Potsdam, Germany, and that is where I grew up, got my first music lessons, and gained some initial experience on stage and in front of the camera.

While my original wish was to be an actor (I was admitted to the Ernst Busch Academy of Acting in 1990), I soon began to feel drawn to music. So in 1990 I began studying singing in Dresden where I eventually completed my studies in the masterclass of Margret Trappe-Wiel.

After trying to be a tenor, which was ultimately unsuccessful, I finally found my calling as a countertenor in 1993. Since then my career has taken me to the Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden State Opera Houses, Komische Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Theater Basel, as well as the Frankfurt Opera where I have been a frequent guest since 2006.

As a concert singer I have toured with various orchestras, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and have appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, Toulouse, Cairo, Athens, Barcelona, Valencia and Amsterdam.

My work has been documented in numerous radio, television and CD recordings.

I began teaching at Folkwang University of Fine Arts, Essen in 2007 and was appointed Professor in 2017. In addition I share my experience in workshops and masterclasses (Kronenburg Classes, Conservatoire de Lille, Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña, Frankfurt International Opera Studio).

In 2016 I returned to the Frankfurt opera house for a new production of Alban Berg’s opera “Wozzeck” (directed by Christof Loy, with Sebastian Weigle as conductor) and appeared at Norske Opera Oslo with the same production in 2017. In September 2016 I had my debut at the Welsh National Opera, Cardiff as Antonio in André Tchaikowsky’s “The Merchant of Venice”. I performed the same role at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London when the production was brought there in 2017. In autumn 2017 I followed an invitation to participate in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s “L’Invisible” (directed by Vasily Barkhatov and conducted by Donald Runnicles) at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Impressions: 

Markus Fohr, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany in 1962, studied Conducting with Klauspeter Seibel as well as Piano with Yara Bernette and Marco A. de Almeida at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Following engagements at Kiel and Passau, he worked as Conductor, Assistant Music Director and Head Coach at Landestheater Salzburg from 1990 until 1998 where he conducted the Mozarteum Orchestra, performing a broad repertoire. Mr. Fohr has appeared as a guest conductor with well-known orchestras while gaining an international reputation as a coach and principal coach at leading festivals and stages including Salzburger Festspiele (1990-2003), Theater an der Wien (2004 and 2005) and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2003-2009), cooperating with conductors such as R. Muti, L. Maazel, C. Abbado, S. Rattle, S. Cambreling, R. Norrington,  B. de Billy and S. Weigle.

His most recent engagements during the 2015/16 season have been at Grand Theatre Luxembourg and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Mr. Fohr is also principal coach for the entire Ring des Nibelungen project at “Ring in Minden” which runs from 2015 to 2019.

Since 2002, he has been teaching as a coach and assistant head of the opera department at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

He has been working with Anna Tomowa-Sintow on a regular basis since 2010, accompanying her masterclass students at Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, and Academia Vocalis Wörgl. He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Grace Bumbry and Siegfried Jerusalem.

Jointly with Countertenor Martin Wölfel, Mr. Fohr established the kronenburg classes, lessons & lectures for singers, an event that has been held annually in the Eifel region since 2010. In 2015 both artists also inaugurated an annual masterclass at Schloss Seehaus near Würzburg. They teach regularly at Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña as guest instructors.

Dates: 

Arrival: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 until 2 pm

Closing concert: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5 pm

Departure: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Course Description:

During this five-day course we advise singing students, young professional singers and interested amateurs of all voice categories on vocal technique and interpretation. Lessons take place daily, both mornings and afternoons, in a productive setting, and all participants receive daily lessons based on their abilities and needs. The lessons take various forms, such as team teaching of individual students with their peers present, or private singing lessons and coaching sessions as needed.

Participants are requested to prepare 2 to 5 pieces from the art song/concert aria/opera/operetta repertoire which will be studied during the course with a view to presenting them on stage.

Please remember to bring at least two good-quality photocopies of your pieces, with the individual pages taped together. Translations of foreign-language aria and song texts and brief summaries of the given scene or situation, or familiarity with the context, will likewise be helpful.

Lessons will be held in German and English.

Up to five practice rooms with pianos are provided.

Repertoire:

Participants are requested to prepare 2 to 5 pieces from the art song/concert aria/opera/operetta repertoire which will be studied during the course with a view to presenting them on stage.

Please remember to bring at least two good-quality photocopies of your pieces, with the individual pages taped together. Translations of foreign-language aria and song texts and brief summaries of the given scene or situation, or familiarity with the context, will likewise be helpful.

Lessons will be held in German and English.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Accommodation: 

The beautiful SG-IMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.
The beautiful SGIMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

Students are hosted on a double-room basis in a beautiful, fully remodelled, 1892 villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

A kitchen for self-catering is provided!

For further impressions, please have a look online at our venue.

In order to be accepted, you must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) be recommended by Prof. Wölfel or

(b) submit an unedited video audition (YouTube link) for review by Prof. Wölfel.

In addition, you must complete and submit our application form and pay a €40,- application fee.

Application deadline is April 1st, 2018. Apply now!

Costs: 

Tuition: € 235,-

Housing (mandatory) in a shared double-room, incl. breakfast and usage of the facilities: €155,-

Details

Start:
25 April
End:
29 April
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Venue

The Academy’s Villa (Sankt Goar)
Heerstraße 5
St. Goar, 56329 Germany
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Phone:
0173 5728995
Website:
www.sgimfa.com