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VOICE — Prof. Martin Wölfel (Folkwang University of the Arts Essen)

April 25, 2018 - April 29, 2018

„Wenn Malen lernen Sehen lernen heißt, so bedeutet Singen lernen in einem umfassenden Sinne Hören lernen.“ (“As learning to paint is like learning to see, so is learning to sing like learning to hear.”)
(M. Wölfel)

Martin Wölfel was born in Potsdam, where he grew up, received his first musical training, and made his first experiences on stage and in front of the camera.

After his initial desire to become an actor (he was admitted to the “Ernst Busch” Academy of Music in 1990), he became attracted to music, and in 1990 he began his vocal studies in Dresden where he took a masterclass at Margret Trappe-Wiel.

After a period singing as a tenor, he ultimately found his destiny as a countertenor in 1993. Since then, he has found his way to Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden; and to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Theater Basel,  and Oper Frankfurt.

As a concert singer, he has toured with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (among others); and has performed in Tokyo, Osaka, Toulouse, Cairo, Athens, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Amsterdam.

He, too, has been featured on numerous radio, television and CD recordings.

Since 2007, he has been teaching at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, where he was appointed a professorship in 2017, and continues to share his experience in workshops and masterclasses (Kronenburg Classes, Conservatoire de Lille, Conservatoire Superior de Música da Coruña, International Opernstudio Frankfurt).

In 2016, he returned to opera in the new production of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” (director: Christof Loy, ML: Sebastian Weigle). He will also perform this pruduction at the Norske Opera Oslo in 2017. In September 2016, he debuted at the Welsh National Opera Cardiff as Antonio in André Tchaikovsky’s “The Merchant of Venice” in a production that will also be presented at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in 2017. In autumn 2017, he will debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the premiere of Aribert Reimann’s “Invisible” (directed by Vasily Barkhatov, ML: Donald Runnicles).


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 until 2 pm

Closing concert:

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5 pm


Sunday, April 29, 2018

In den vergangenen mehr als zehn Jahren hat das Unterrichten einen zunehmenden Teil seines beruflichen Lebens eingenommen, den er neben seiner Tätigkeit als Opern- und Konzertsänger mit Spaß, Neugierde, großem Interesse und Bewusstsein für die Verantwortung gegenüber seinen Schülern und Studenten wahrnimmt.

▪ Singing lessons for all voice types (Fach) in opera/oratorio/art song
▪ Preparation for a professional career, studying at a music academy (entrance examination/audition)
▪ Vocal advice and supervision of beginners and young professionals
▪ Preparation for competitions
▪ Coaching (audition repertoire, studying roles, German on the opera stage and concert podium)
▪ Workshops and master classes (also theme studies such as Performance practice in Early Music, Recitative singing, The songs of Aribert Reimann, German on the opera stage and the concert podium)

Up to five practice rooms with pianos are provided.

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

opera, oratorio, art song

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.



€ 235,-

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



April 25, 2018
April 29, 2018
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