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VOA for CONDUCTORS

VIENNA OPERA ACADEMY for CONDUCTORS

VOA for Conductors

  • 1-Week of masterclasses with Toby Purser, Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, London
  • Two concert performances of Così Fan Tutte with Vienna Opera Academy soloists and the Vienna Sinfonia. 
  • Filmed footage for your portfolio
  • Career advice and discussion with a music agent and industry professionals
  • Minimum 130 minutes podium time
Toby Purser, Conductor and Head of Conducting at Royal College of Music, London, UK.

MONDAY 23rd – SATURDAY 28th AUGUST, 2021

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2021

A one week conductors’ course led by renowned conductor and teacher Toby Purser, focussing on Mozart Così fan Tutte and Debussy La Mer. The week culminates in two student-led concerts of highlights from the opera, performed by the Vienna Sinfonia and singers of the Vienna Opera Academy, also filmed for the students’ personal use.

The course is designed for conductors who already have advanced training, and want to develop their knowledge and experience in opera conducting. Classes take place in Vienna’s iconic Musikverein, with emphasis on working in a mutually supportive group and an interactive atmosphere. There is a maximum of 12 participant conductor places, with the option also of attending as an observer. (Observers are welcome at all sessions, and will also receive a 30 minute private tutorial with Toby Purser).

The participants work together for six hour per day, conducting pianists, singers and the Vienna Sinfonia. Classes will cover aspects of technique and philosophy, musicianship and score preparation, aural awareness, and rehearsal skills, as well as additional discussions including programming, career building, working in opera, working with singers, and coaching recitativo. Toby Purser will also give individual video analysis to each student.

Participating students are expected to have a thorough knowledge of all the scores before arriving, as they will be entrusted with rehearsing the orchestra as well as conducting performances. Students are also encouraged to bring their own video cameras or phone tripods.   During the week, students will receive a minimum of 70 minutes podium time with piano, 50 minutes with orchestra.

Wiener Musikverein - Rehearsal place.

REPERTOIRE:

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte, Complete.  Two performances with full cast singers. (NB Performances will be in Reduced Orchestration, but participants should learn the original version).

Debussy La Mer  (with pianos only)

FEE PROGRAM:

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.

Participant €1,850

Observer €350

NOTE: The course costs €1,850 per student. However thanks to private sponsorship, we are able to guarantee a minimum scholarship of €350 to each student who is selected.

Schedule 2021 (subject to change):

Timings of day:

10.00-12.45 Session 1
14.00-16.45 Session 2
17.00-18.00 Themed Discussion

Monday 23rd
2x sessions with piano/singers: Mozart.
5pm Discussion on Coaching Recitative.

Tuesday 24th
2x sessions with piano/singers: Mozart.
5pm Discussion on Career building and working in opera.

Wednesday 25th
2x sessions with pianos: Debussy La Mer
5pm Discussion on Programming

Thursday 26th
2 x rehearsal sessions with orchestra and singers: Mozart
5pm Discussion on rehearsal technique, working with singers.

Friday 27th
2 x rehearsal sessions with orchestra: Mozart
5pm Group feedback and general discussion.

Saturday 28th:
1 hours seating rehearsal
2x performances.

Each conductor will have 12-15 minutes each, and 5 minutes seating rehearsal.

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