RETREAT FOR OPERA SINGERS OVER 35 (registration period has ended)

Der nächste Schritt / The next step - a format by "exzellenz labor oper"

Important: The registration period has already ended!

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 • Voice-Release-Massage

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 took 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. Luise Breyer-Aiton will provide flanking voice-release massage.

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.

Soprano and therapist Luise Breyer-Aiton began her musical training as a trumpet player before studying singing. A few years ago she trained as a massage therapist and deepened her knowledge in various techniques, e.g. voice massage used in Scandinavia and manual voice therapy. Her interest in combining singing and massage led her to specialize in voice release massage, which she has been successfully practicing for over 10 years. www.voicereleasemassage.com

The pianist Karolina Halbig studied in Stuttgart and participated in exzellenz labor oper in 2020, when she was still a member of the Strasbourg Opera Studio. She had guest contracts as a répétiteur at the Aarhus Theatre and the Royal Opera Copenhagen and has been appointed solo répétiteur at the Musiktheater im Revier since the 23/24 season.

Number of participants: approx 10
Course start: Monday, 08.04.2023, 14:00
Course end: Friday, 12.04.2024, 12:30

incl. board and accommodation in a single room € 948, in a double room € 908


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
- Letter of motivation (why do you want to attend the course?)

Notes on registration: Registration takes place via the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Application deadline: January 15, 2024

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