JUNE 3 - 27, 2013
Romeo and Juliet
For soprano and tenor
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Francesca da Rimini
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BARITONE: Lanceotto, Virgil (alternate)
Lanceotto's Scene & Aria
Duet Lanceotto & Francesca
TENOR: Paolo, Poet Dante (roles alternate)
Paolo/Francesca Duet & Finale
Francesca - Aria (Anna Netrebko)
Process for Singers
Singers accepted into the summer program will require advance preparation.
Upon commitment, singers will get access to electronic files for self guided preparation of operas.
3. Pronunciation sound files
Pianists will take Russian classes, work on opera and song repertoire, accompany rehearsals, master classes and participate in song recitals.
Advanced & Young Singers
We encourage both advanced and young singers to audition for the program.
Young singers, undergrads, will be assigned songs and arias according to voice and level, and will understudy full roles. This will ensure a healthy entry level experience into Russian repertoire.
Advanced singers including master's degree and professional levels will add important roles and arias to their repertoire.
Master Class Repertoire
Both vocal and audition/professional development master classes are dedicated to standard opera repertoire. Singers can sing any aria, in any language.
We perform operas in concert format with music.
Memorization is optional for concert opera performances. Our goal is to get the roles into the voice.
- Conversational Russian
- Master Classes
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Evenings and weekends are off -- explore Philadelphia and enjoy Jersey shore.
FREE public concerts are in the final week of each opera session
7:30 p.m. at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts
Russian Opera Workshop is in summer residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia
Applicants are responsible for securing their own housing. In the past our artists took advantage of the following specially arranged options:
3701 Chestnut St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Curtis Institute of Music
1616 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Local student sublets are generally listed on Facebook Marketplace and Craigs list.
We will also offer participants lists of available Curtis and AVA student summer
Contact your Philadelphia-based musician friends for summer sublet opportunities.
Feature by Classical Singer Magazine
From Russia with Love
by Olivia Giovetti
Russian classical vocal music is becoming more and more mainstream,
but the difficult Cyrillic alphabet and challenging language are often a stumbling block for singers. A new summer program is helping singers make sense of the Russian language in just four short weeks.
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Article is available by permission from Classical Singer Magazine
Congratulations, Ghena, on your exciting new Russian Opera Workshop! I treasure the memory of our collaboration on Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" at AVA. Your Workshop students are lucky to work with you, since you are not only a visionary musician but also a gifted pedagogue, willing and able to share your knowledge and your world so generously with those whom you teach. I wish you all success on this new venture!
Seattle Opera Young Artists Program
Professor of Music
Director of Opera UCLA
Ghena, I wanted to congratulate you on launching the Russian Opera Workshop. It is fantastic to know that more young singers will have access to your knowledge, expertise and your wonderful Russian soul! Thank you again for your amazing work on our Tchaikovsky Program. It was one of Lyric Fest's proudest moments.
With best wishes and high hopes for more Russian opera in America,
Co-Founding Artistic Director