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
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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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Dear friends of Russian Opera Workshop,
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Russian Opera Workshop 2020 has pivoted to an online Role Study Workshop.
I am pleased to offer Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin as an additional online summer workshop. Auditions are not required. Visit RussianOperaWorkshop.com for details.
One-on-one Russian diction and vocal coaching of Eugene Onegin roles will be available to opera singers on a rolling basis from May to September 2020. When it is safe to travel again, singers will have the option to visit my AVA studio in Philadelphia and run-through their roles (good through May 2021).
While the current Summer Program was substantially restructured, Russian Opera Workshop Artists 2020 opted to participate online and study their assigned roles in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Eugene Onegin, Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, and Rubinstein’s The Demon.
Safety-first is the only right choice this summer. Therefore, all in-person activities, public masterclasses, and performances are cancelled.
On a personal note, while downsizing the program to a solo operation this summer, I will deeply miss my team, faculty, and our loyal audience.
When it is safe again, Russian Opera Workshop will be back!
Founder and Music Director
Russian Opera Workshop
Guest Artist - Ben Wager, Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2011 & 2012, will appear in the role of Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, July 31 - August 2, 2018.
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Current City: Tempe, Arizona
Education: MM Opera Performance- Arizona State University, BM Vocal Performance University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory
Roles Performed: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Marenka-The Bartered Bride; Musetta- La Bohème; Frasquita- Carmen; Zerlina, Don Giovanni; Partial Roles: Fiordiligi- Cosi fan tutte; Vitellia- La Clemenza di Tito
Hometown: Wallingford, PA
Current City: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, M.M. in Vocal Performance & Temple University, B.M. in Vocal Performance
Select Roles: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin; Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro; Escamillo, Carmen; Albert, Werther; Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus; Pandolfe, Cendrillon; Huascar, Les Indes galantes; Morbio, Die schweigsame Frau; Marco, Gianni Schicchi; Ben, The Telephone; King Melchior, Amahl and the Night Visitors; Prince Ottokar, Der Freischütz
Awards/Honors: Cleveland Institute of Music Women's Committee Summer Festival Award (2015)
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Current City: Hamilton, Ontario
Education: Ryerson University, BFA Acting
Select Roles: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Suor Angelica; Suor Angelica - Puccini, Mediterranean Opera Festival 2016, Suor Angelica; Suor Angelica - Puccini, Berlin Opera Academy 2017
Awards: Nona Heaslip Scholarship for 'Best Actress' (2015)
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Current City: Houston, TX
Education: Baylor University, B.M. ’16, M.M. ‘18
Select Roles: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Toante, Oreste; Carl-Magnus Malcolm, A Little Night Music; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte; Belcore, L’elisir d’Amore
Awards/Honors: 2017-2018 Outstanding Baylor Opera Theatre Member
Hometown: Kelowna B.C.
Current City: Victoria B.C.
Education: MMus (current), Diploma in Music
Select Roles: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Bohème)
Awards/Honors: BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Current City: Houston, Texas
Education: Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal performance at Stephen F. Austin State University; Master’s in Vocal Performance, University of Oklahoma
Select Roles: Lensky, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); The Prince, Rusalka (Dargomyzhsky); Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi; Ferrando, Cosi Fan Tutte; Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, and Giuseppe, Most Happy Fella.
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Current City: New York City
Education: Mannes School of Music, B.M. (attending fall 2018); A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts; Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Washington National Opera Institute
Select Roles: Olga, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Milovzor, The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro; Orfeo, Orfeo ed Euridice; Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte; Hänsel, Hänsel and Gretel; Third Lady, The Magic Flute; Mallika, Lakme
Awards/Honors: Schmidt Vocal Competition Finalist and Encouragement Award; Classical Singer
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