OPERA WORKSHOP IN THE FLINT HILLS - JUNE 30 - JULY 14, 2019
LAST SUMMER'S 2018 ENSEMBLE WAS AWESSOME. WE WERE SO IMPRESSED BY ALL OF YOU! TO OBSERVE THE AMAZING DEVELOPMENT IN EVERY ONE OF YOU DURING THE SHORT 12 DAYS WAS INDEED IMPRESSIVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROFESSIONALISM, HARD WORK, NOT TO MENTION GREAT ATTITUDES. IT WAS A JOY. I WISH YOU ALL MUCH SUCCESS IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS IN THIS WONDERFUL WORLD OF OPERA!
Scott Frost, Baritone 2017 Washburn University
"Such an amazing experience, I can't wait to go and enjoy the amazing talent!"
Cole Bellamy , Bass-Baritone August 2018 Wichita State University
"Thank you so much for your guidance and wisdom throughout this workshop. This has been a truly amazing experience, and I feel I am now much better prepared for my future endeavors. The amount of raw experience that you and the other faculty members have shared with us is inspiring and will continue to assist us throughout our careers. This workshop has been so much and I look forward to working with you again in the future."
Thorunn Elfa Stefansdottir, Dalvik, Iceland - Lofer, Ausria
"I did the course both in Northern Iceland and in Lofer and had an absolute blast both times. The course gives you insight into the world of opera, the work that goes into putting an opera on stage. The techniques you learn and the collaboration with the coaches is absolutely essential. Today I am a voice teacher and can use what I learned to help my students who wish to enter the world of opera. I also continue to sing and act on stage and use what I learned in my own work as an artist."
Samuel Schlievert, Tenor Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills 2017. Oklahoma City University
"I have just finished the 2017-18 season as an apprentice at Sarasota Opera, I will be returning for the 2018-19 season as a studio artist where I will sing Clem in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep this fall, and in 2019 I will sing in 13 performances of Turandot as Pang.
The workshop last summer was great! The best thing besides getting to perform great scenes was networking with the other participants and faculty."
Cameron Becker 2008 Ensemble Lofer, Austria "Mozarteum" University of Salzburg
After taking part in the Opera Workshop in 2008 in Lofer, Austria, I finished my degree at the Mozarteum and was offered a job at the State Theater in Regensburg, Germany. This was definitely the proving grounds for a solid technique and stage know-how. After 6.5 years and 527 performances, I headed to Karlsruhe, Germany where I am currently a member of the Badisches Staatstheater (Baden State Theater). I’ve also guested at several houses in Italy, including Teatro la Fenice in Venice. The Opera Workshop provided a supportive atmosphere to try out some new repertoire and make sure that the sounds I was producting in the voice studio were translating to the stage.
We are excited to welcome Adriaan de Wit back to our faculty next summer, 2019. He has participated in numerous workshops with us in Austria. He will be a wonderful addition.
Opera WorkShop in the Flint Hills is a Master Class for advanced students and young professional singers. The focus is on helping opera singers find their acting talents and to execute them in a natural and logical way, while maintaining the disciplines which are necessary for the body to optimally function as a singing “instrument”. Scenes from different operas and operettas will be staged, based on the level and capabilities of the participants.
There have been three different locations for Opera WorkShop since its beginnings. Each location has been chosen for its surroundings where participants are able to live, breath and sleep opera for the duration of the Workshop. Opera WorkShop Lofer was situated in a small town in the Austrian Alps and Opera WorkShop Garðabær was in a small town outside of Reykjavik, Iceland. For our US location, we have chosen the beautiful Flint Hills where there are a number of small towns and theaters to choose from.
This Workshop is an international summer opera event widely known for its artistic excellence. Since the time of its founding in 1999, its mission has been to celebrate and promote artistic excellence, provide superior education in an environment that nurtures creativity, collaboration and builds lasting human and artistic bonds. Participants and audiences are drawn because of the transforming experience they find each year in the richness of music and culture created every summer.
Stage work is based on practical performing experience of Prof. Sharp and more specifically the stage techniques and practices of Boris Goldovsky. Typical problems of the singer in the rehearsal and performance phases are analysed and disccussed. The solutions to these problems are then implemented into staged operatic and operetta scenes, which are then presented to the public with simple stage sets, props, and costumes.
In addition, information regarding the German theater system, advice concerning audition repertoire and agent contact possibilities are individually offered and discussed. What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of starting your career in the USA or in Europe.