Two master classes will be held during this year’s festival, for which we have been able to gain the services of prestigious teachers. Prof. Elena Pankratova is running the master class in singing, while Florian Frannek 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 2018 Bayreuth Festival.
The lecturer and director of the master class in 2018 is Prof. Elena Pankratova, who has been cast as Kundry in Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s production of “Parsifal” – 2018 under the musical direction of Semyon Bychkov – and performs regularly as a concert and opera singer on all the prominent stages across the world.
The course takes place from 15 to 17 August 2018 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 Haus Wahnfried on 18 August 2018 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.
Interested participants can apply by 18 June by post to BF Medien GmbH, Festspielhügel 3, 95445 Bayreuth by sending the usual application documents and three documented music examples of Wagner’s work on CD for the Master Class in singing 2018.
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Master Class in Conducting
A master class in conducting will take place for the first time in 2018 – in collaboration with the festival conductors. The lecturer for the entire period of the master class is Mr Florian Frannek.
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.
Interested participants can apply by 31 May 2018 with the usual application documents by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.