ANOTHER YEAR OVER

As we draw a close to the Summer school 2022 we can reflect on many things. Never take things for granted is one and always have a back up is another.  The final concert was due to be held in the Royal Palace but 3 weeks before the course start The Palace needed the rooms back for an official visit. We were very grateful that The glorious room at Stortorget 1 was available for the concert. The next unexpected crisis was that Jennifer Larmore’s appendix decided, 4 days before course start, that it’s job was done and it wanted out. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Katarina Karnéus who gave us two days of fantastic masterclasses in Gamla Stan.

Lastly our thanks got to the sponsors who made this possible.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL 2022

PEDAGOGUES
Matti Hirvonen - Piano

Irene Kudela - Piano

Elin Rombo - Song

Jeremy Carpenter - Song

Jennifer Larmore - Guest 

Katarina Karnéus - Extra Special Guest!

We are delighted to have Juliette Sabbah playing for our coaching sessions and Dmitry Tyapkin playing for Jennifers Masterclasses.

PARTICIPANTS
Yuko Osawa - Piano
Séraphine Cotrez - Mezzo soprano
Victor Ternvall - Baritone
Amelia Feuer - Soprano
Alice Aklaghi - Mezzo soprano
Kari Koskinen - Mezzo soprano
Karin Blom  - Soprano
Flora Crocker Ångman - Soprano
Milanka Noveska - Mezzo
Millan Baekström - Soprano
Solgerd Isalv - Mezzo soprano

 
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Music Notes

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR CLASSICAL SINGERS 2022

Welcome to the second in the sries of Summer schools held by Vocal Masterclass Stockholm between 1-8 August 2022, in collaboration with Birkagårdens Folkhögskola, for Classical singers in the heart of beautiful Stockholm.

Vocal Masterclass Stockholm is a non-profit organisation passionate about the future of singing and young singers. In this Summer school we take some of the finest artists that Sweden and Europe has to offer with the aim of not only giving the participants the tools to better their technique and improve as singers, musicians and performers, but also to break down the barriers between artist/performer and the student to create lasting Impressions and partnerships. 

 

THE TEAM

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KATARINA KARNÉUS

International Mezzo-soprano
Guest Teacher - 2 day masterclass 3-4 August

Katarina Karnéus är utbildad vid Trinity College of Music och National Opera Studio i London. Hon framträder på de största opera- och konsertscenerna världen över och är sedan 2012 engagerad på GöteborgsOperan. År 2018 utnämndes Katarina Karnéus till hovsångerska.
På GöteborgsOperan har Katarina bland annat sjungit sjungit Fricka i Rhenguldet, Brangäne i Tristan och Isolde, Orfeus i Orfeus och Eurydike, Kvinnan i Schönbergs Erwartung och den för henne specialskrivna rollen som Madame Sebastian i operan Notorious, Drottning Gertrude i Hamlet, Klytaimnestra i Elektra, Octavian i Rosenkavaljeren samt Ruggiero i Händels Alcina. För sin tolkning av titelrollen i Bellinis Norma fick hon Svenska Dagbladets Operapris 2018.
År 1995 vann hon världens kanske mest kända sångtävling, Cardiff Singer of the World. 1999 debuterade hon på Metropolitan Opera som Varvara i Katja Kabanova följt av Olga i Eugen Onegin, Siebel i Faust och Rosina i Barberaren i Sevilla.
Andra roller att nämna är Herodias i Salome på Opera North, Claire i Besök av en gammal dam på Theater an der Wien, Annio i Titus mildhet på Royal Opera house och Bayerische Staatsoper, Grevinnan Geschwitz i Lulu på Bayerische Staatsoper, titelrollen i Carmen på Opéra Comique, titelrollen i Alceste på La monnaie, Elisabetta i Maria Stuarda på Staatsoper unter den Linden och Orfeus i Orfeus och Euridike på Deutschen Oper, Berlin.
Hon har varit solist med orkestrar som Berlinfilharmonikerna, Clevelandorkestern och BBC:s Scottish Symphony Orchestra, och som romanssångerska har hon framträtt på bl.a. Wigmore Hall i London, Lincoln Center och Concertgebouw samt vid flera kungliga tillställningar på bl.a. Buckingham Palace och 10 Downing Street, vid flera av HM Drottning Silvias Childhood-konserter och Nobelprisutdelningen 2010.
Skivinspelningar omfattar bl.a. sånger av Sibelius och Grieg, R. Strauss och Mahler, orkestersånger av Szymanowski med Simon Rattle samt orkestersånger av Mahler med Göteborgs Symfoniker och Susanna Mälkki. På dvd har hon spelat in rollen som Brangänge i Tristan och Isolde med Nina Stemme som Isolde.
År 2010 vann Karnéus två Grammys för Mahlers åttonde symfoni med San Francisco Symphony Orchestra och 2015 mottog hon medaljen Litteris et Artibus av H.M. Konungen.

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ELIN ROMBO

Opera Singer - Voice Teacher

Royal Court Singer Elin Rombo is one of Swedens most popular artists and she is in constant demand on the concert and opera stages of Sweden and Europe whether singing at the Polar Prize award ceremony or dazzling with conductors such as Riccardo Muti or Alan Gilbert.


Her combination of beauty of voice, clarity of diction and dramatic intensity makes her an artist of exceptional quality and her incredible versatility makes her an ideal member of the teaching faculty.

https://www.braathenmanagement.com/artister/elin-rombo

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MATTI HIRVONEN

Pianist - Nordic and German Romance

Since his career began at the invitation of Elisabeth Söderström Matti has, since then, performed extensively with singers such as Nina Stemme, Hillevi Martinpelto, Miah Persson, Iréne Theorin, Anna Larsson, Angelika Kirschschlager, Katarina Karnéus, Ida Falk Winland, Ann Hallenberg, Randi Stene, Håkan Hagegård, Peter Mattei, Wolfgang Holzmair, Andreas Schmidt and Bo Skovhus, among many others.


An outstandingly gifted pianist and accompanist, his knowledge of all forms of chamber music is hard to surpass. His gentle and patient approach to both teaching and performing makes him a very effective colleague.

https://www.mattihirvonen.com/

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IRÈNE KUDELA

Pianist - Opera, Romance and  Vocal Coach

Fluent in seven languages this outstanding musician and vocal coach has assisted conducters such as Pierre Boulez, Guennadi Rozhdestvensky, Jiri Belohlavek, Myung Whung Chung and Charles Mackerras. and has coached singers the likes of Rolando Villazon, Natalie Dessay, Malin Byström, Kerstin Avemo, Roberto Alagna, Renee Fleming, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi and Leonie Rysanek. 

She is an experienced Masterclasses taker both for singers and pianists, notably at the Académie de l’Opéra de Paris, the National Opera Studio from London, the Bolshoi, Moscow, the Fondation Royaumont, and atbthe opera houses of Göteborg, Bonn, and Stockholm.

Her combination of experience, empathy and vast knowledge makes Irène an invaluable resource for singers at all stages of their career.

https://www.irene-kudela.com/

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JEREMY CARPENTER

Founder and Artistic Advisor, Opera Singer - Voice Teacher

Born in the UK Jeremy moved to Sweden in 2003. Since then he has guested at opera houses such as Covent Garden, Opera de Paris, Geneva Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Since 2018 he has been part of the ensemble at The Royal Opera in Stockholm.

Since his work in the Education Department at Glyndebourne he has been passionate about vocal pedagogy and created this masterclass series in 2017 primarily to inspire the next generation of singers and lovers of song and opera.

https://www.jeremyrcarpenter.com/

 
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ABOUT THE COURSE

A small group of Internationally renowned artists will be on hand to to guide the 10 participants through the 7 day long intensive course consisting of masterclasses and individual coaching studying French, German, English and Scandinavian songs, the Baroque, Classical and Bel Canto repertoire as well as the chance to perform in a final consert all within the beautiful, exciting and vibrant city of Stockholm.

  • The course is aimed at those who are undergoing of have completed a Graduate level musical education or higher.

  • Several hours of coaching time both in masterclass format and individual coaching in song technique and the dramatic interpretation of both Art song and Opera.

  • Daily masterclasses with access to 4 pedagogues.

  • Language experts are on hand in Russian, French, German, English, Czech and Swedish.

  • 2 day masterclass with guest professor, internationally renowned mezzo and singing teacher Jennifer Larmore.

  • Evening discussion panels with special guest speakers.

  • A final concert at the end of the week in the Rikssal at the Royal Palace, Stockholm giving the student the chance to perform with both Matti Hirvonen and Irene Kudela seated at the piano.

  • Lunch provided.

  • All in the centre of one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Europe.

THE COST OF THE COURSE IS 5 500 SEK AND IS MOST LIKELY TO FALL EVEN FURTHER.

ACCOMODATION IS NOT PROVIDED.

 

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO

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This week is made possible by the help of these groups and individuals. We are extremely grateful for their invaluable help