Two master classes will be held during this year’s festival, for which we have been able to gain the services of prestigious teachers. Tenor Stephen Gould is running the master class in singing, while Thomas Lausmann is in charge of the conducting master class.
Master Class in Singing
Motivated by the great success of the master classes run by singers Siegfried Jerusalem, Petra Lang, Markus Oak and Prof Michelle Breedt, it is a long-lasting goal of the Bayreuth Festival once again to offer a master class for young singers during the 2017 Bayreuth Festival.
The lecturer and director of the master class in 2017 is tenor Stephen Gould, who has been cast as Tristan in Katharina Wagner’s production of “Tristan and Isolde” since 2015, and performs regularly as a concert and opera singer on all the prominent stages across the world.
The course takes place from 8 to 11 August 2017 in the auditorium of the Markgräfin-Wilhelmine Gymnasium school in Bayreuth, and ends with a closing public concert in the grossen Saal (Great Hall) of Villa Wahnfried on 13 August 2017 at 11 am. You can find out the times when the class is open to the public from the BF Medien GmbH calendar.
Admission to the closing concert is free and there is a free choice of seating. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make reservations in advance.
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Master Class in Conducting
A master class in conducting will take place for the first time in 2017 – in collaboration with the festival conductors. The lecturer for the entire period of the master class is Mr Thomas Lausmann (Director of Musical Studies, Vienna State Opera GmbH).
The aim is to cover the following course objectives:
- Work with singers in solo vocal accompaniment, ensemble rehearsals and scenic rehearsals
- Planning ensemble rehearsals
- Planning of orchestra rehearsals and stage orchestra rehearsals
- Workshops with Bayreuth Festival conductors
- Working out orchestral revisions and critique of singers
- Musical assistance, stage music, choral assistance
- Collaboration with the KBB (Artistic Management Office), directors and other artistic groups
Participants should also regularly attend musical and scenic rehearsals, orchestral rehearsals and the choir hall.