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Cardiff Singer 2011: Master Classes news

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All the performers on the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World jury will share their wisdom and experience with competitors not selected for the final, in sessions taking place at the New Theatre, Cardiff and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on Saturday 18 June. The sessions at the College may also include students.

The schedule is:

New Theatre, Cardiff

  • 11am: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Håkan Hagegård
  • 3pm: Marilyn Horne and Dennis O'Neill

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

  • 12.30pm: Bengt Forsberg
  • 4pm: John Fisher

All the 'masters' have a passion for teaching and bringing what they have learned from their distinguished careers to a new generation of artists.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa gives master classes all over the world, and is Honorary Artistic Patron and principal guest teacher of the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto, a summer opera course based in Italy.

Marilyn Horne is Vocal Programme Director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and has master class residencies at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dennis O'Neill was founder and director of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice based in the University of Cardiff. In September, he will become director of the new Wales International Academy of Voice at the University of Wales.

Håkan Hagegård is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, has taught at the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and runs Singers Studio Sweden, a forum for artistic development in Stockholm.

Bengt Forsberg's long experience of working with singers equips him with a unique insight into the aspects vital to a successful artistic partnership between singer and pianist in the Lieder and art song repertoire.

John Fisher has continued his work coaching singers throughout his career, from his early days on the music staff at De Nederlandse Operastichting, Amsterdam through to combining this work with his senior positions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Welsh National Opera.

The master classes are a very popular part of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and offer a fascinating and often entertaining experience to the audience of some of what goes on behind the scenes in a singer's career. Details of tickets are available on the Cardiff Singer website.

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