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VOA for Conductors

VOA for Conductors

  • 1-Week of masterclasses with Toby Purser, Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, London
  • Study Hänsel und Gretel and the Overture to Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus
  • One recording rehearsal at the MuTh Concert Hall of Hansel und Gretel with Vienna Opera Academy soloists and the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra
  • 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.

Record Hänsel und Gretel at the MuTh Concert Hall

Muth Saal
MuTh Concert Hall



A one week conductors’ course led by renowned conductor and teacher Toby Purser, focussing on Hansel und Gretel by E. Humperdinck. The week culminates in one student-led rehearsal from the opera which is recorded and filmed at the MuTh Concert Hall, performed by the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra and singers of the Vienna Opera Academy.

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 8 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 five hours per day, conducting pianists, singers and the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra. 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, and 50 minutes with orchestra.

Tuition: €1850 euros

We do not provide housing but we can recommend accommodations that give a discount to artists of the Vienna Opera Academy.

If you need a letter to acquire your visa, we will provide an official letter of acceptance.