In-person program and public performances return in 2022
PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2021) -- While the COVID-19 pandemic is on its way to a resolution, Russian Opera Workshop opted to continue its 2021 training season as a private Virtual Role Study Workshop.
"As we approach the end of the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, and as in any war, the final days can be highly unpredictable. To avoid complacency, and for the safety of our artists and patrons, this summer we opted to continue as a private Virtual Role Study Workshop. Our in-person program with public performances will return in 2022," commented Ghenady Meirson, the founder and music director of Russian Opera Workshop.
In its 11th summer season, the program includes two separate training sessions of popular Tchaikovsky standards, Iolanta (June 7-18) and Eugene Onegin (July 5-16).
Participating artists will receive daily Russian language classes and intensive role preparation. In addition, special guest speakers include international opera stars Angela Meade and Bryan Hymel, the General Manager of San Francisco Opera Center, Markus Beam, and the preeminent audition coach and AVA faculty, Thor Eckert.
About Russian Opera Workshop
Russian Opera Workshop is a privately operated, independent program, located in summer residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. Founded in 2011, by Ghenady Meirson (AVA, Curtis), the program is focused on one Russian opera per session, offering intensive language and vocal training, and public performances.
Repertoire and Performance History
Mazepa - 2016
The Maid of Orleans - 2014, 2019
Eugene Onegin - 2011, 2014, 2018
The Queen of Spades - 2012, 2017
Iolanta - 2011, 2015, 2019
Romeo & Juliet Fragment - 2013, 2016
Aleko - 2012, 2016
Francesca da Rimini - 2013
The Demon - 2015
Rusalka - 2017
Prince Igor - 2018
High Resolution Photos
Photo is courtesy of Russian Opera Workshop
Martin Luther Clark, Jr. and Samantha Long in Russian Opera Workshop’s 2019 production of Iolanta (Photo by Leonard Meirson)
Ghenady Meirson, Founder and Music Director
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San Francisco Opera Center General Manager
Prior to being appointed as the San Francisco Opera Center General Manager, Markus Beam was a Vice-President and Artist Manager in the Vocal Division of IMG Artists, where he worked with a diverse roster of artists encompassing both emerging artists and some of the most sought-after names in opera, including multiple graduates of both the SFO Adler Program and Merola Opera Program. His clients performed regularly on the world’s leading operatic and concert stages, including the San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro all Scala, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and with the festivals of Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and the Santa Fe Opera. Particularly passionate about the development of emerging artists, Beam maintains an active coaching and consulting practice, regularly leading group classes and one-on-one sessions at many of the country’s premier training programs, helping artists define and clarify personal goals, develop actionable career plans and fully develop their unique artistry and voices. Before his career in artist management and consulting, Markus performed extensively both in Europe and the United States. A proud graduate of the Merola Opera Program (2002), he went on to sing leading baritone roles with Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Il Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Santa Fe Opera and appeared on multiple occasions at Carnegie Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center. He has been recognized with awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and the George London Foundation. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, Beam also holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts and trained as a young artist at the Merola Opera Program, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.
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