RETREAT FOR OPERA SINGERS OVER 35 +++fully booked+++

Der nächste Schritt / The next step - a format by "exzellenz labor oper"
with Hedwig Fassbender, René Massis and Björn Huestege

collaborative pianist: Alina Shevchenko

You are Ensemble-member / have been freelancing for some years and would like to find
- Technical/musical check-up
- Advice on repertoire choice
- Advice on career issues?

Then this course is just right for you. It is aimed exclusively at singers who have already had a career for a few years. The course is not suitable for students or beginners!
Course contents:  
Technical questions • Musical style • Repertoire choice • Career advice.

Course form:
Individual lessons •Team teaching • Group sessions.

Teaching languages:
German, French, English, Italian (repertoire in Russian can also be worked on)

In 2014 Hedwig Fassbender, together with Fausto Nardi and René Massis developed a highly efficient master class for beginners and members of opera studios, which will take place for the 10th time in 2023: exzellenz labor oper. www.exzellenzlabor.de
"The next step" builds on the basic principle of exzellenz labor oper but is expressly aimed at singers who have already been in the profession for several years. In a collegial atmosphere we will work out together the things that can help you to take the next step successfully. The course is purely a working course without a final concert.

Teaching team:

Hedwig Fassbender is one of the most successful singing teachers of her generation. During the 37 years of her international singing career, she was also a professor at the HfMDK Frankfurt from 1999-2017, where she trained many singers of the new generation who are now active in international houses like Gurgen Baveyan, Björn Bürger, Esther Dierkes, Stine Marie Fischer, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Katharina Magiera, Ruzan Mantashyan, Sofia Pavone, Gustavo Quaresma… Today she works as a systemic coach for artists and teaches at the opera studios in Paris, Zurich, Warsaw, Stuttgart, Basel, Frankfurt, and the Berlin State Opera. Many professional singers value her advice and technical support.
René Massis was casting director at the Opéra de Lyon for several years after a 30-year international career as baritone, mostly in French and Italian Belcanto repertoire. In 2006, he founded the agency "Agence Massis Opéra", which, in addition to looking after several established artists, is dedicated to the careful career development of selected young singers. His many years of experience as an artist, casting director and agent enable him to assess the positioning of artists on the market and make his advice particularly valuable.
Björn Huestege studied singing and piano, but after a few years of singing decided to devote himself entirely to accompaniment and conducting. From 2012 to 2017 he worked as musical assistant, conductor, and pianist at the Frankfurt Opera and since 2018 has been solo repetiteur and conductor at the Nuremberg State Theatre. Guest appearances have taken him to the Bavarian State Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Basel, Staatstheater Saarbrücken and Birmingham, among others. His great love is the musical work with singers, and here he is no longer an insider tip. His rich experience as a conductor and répétiteur as well as his language skills and his enthusiasm for French philosophy of the 20th and 21st centuries make him the ideal coach for numerous successful colleagues.
The pianist Alina Shevchenko comes from Ukraine and is a laureate of the scholarship programme of the Polish Ministry of Culture 2021. She studied at the State Music Academy in Donetsk/Ukraine and at the Polish Lviv National Music Academy. From 2019 - 2021 she was a member of the Opera Academy Programme of Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. She is a winner of numerous music competitions, including the Heinrich Neuhaus Piano Competition and the Evgen Stankovich Competition. In the summer of 2021 she was a participant in exzellenz labor oper. She has performed as a soloist in concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, South Korea, Austria, Italy and Germany. Since the 2021/22 season she has been a member of the Zurich International Opera Studio as a répétiteur.

Number of participants: 10
Course start: Wednesday, 15.02.2023, 14:30
Course end: Sunday, 19.02.2023, 13:00

incl. full board and accommodation in a single room € 798, in a double room € 758


When registering, please send the following documents by e-mail to info@landesmusikakademie.de
- Biography with photo
- Recent video recordings of three works from different eras in at least two languages.

Notes on registration: Registration takes place via the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz.

This course is recognised by the Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz under Az. MA.815 as serving official interests.