As BroadwayWorld notes, Meirson is “perhaps the preeminent expositor of the Russian vocal repertoire in America, and he does that through the annual Russian Opera Workshop programs."
A long-time faculty member at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute of Music, “Ghenady Meirson has been the go to-master for two decades in Philadelphia for authentic Russian operatic repertoire” (Huffington Post).
In 2011, Meirson founded Russian Opera Workshop, a private and independent young artists program in summer residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), and “has become one of the treasures of the Philadelphia summer season” (Broad Street Review).
Selected by a competitive audition process, participating artists have come to Russian Opera Workshop from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. All artists receive Russian language training, vocal coaching, and vocal and professional development master classes. Some of the master class faculty have included Metropolitan Opera stars Stephen Costello, Angela Meade, Florence Quivar and Benita Valente. At the end of each training session all artists perform complete Russian operas and Russian Romances concerts.
Russian Opera Workshop repertoire includes Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), Romeo & Juliet (Fragment), The Maid of Orleans, and Mazepa; Rachmaninoff's Aleko and Francesca da Rimini; Anton Rubinstein's The Demon, Alexander Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka, and Borodin's Prince Igor.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Ghenady Meirson graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied piano with Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and accompanying with Vladimir Sokoloff.
New to Russian Studio - The Queen of Spades poster. I worked on this production with Opera Company of Philadelphia. Gian Carlo Menotti was the stage director, Régine Crespin was the Countess. Opera was televised on PBS Great Performances.
Spontaneous Russian Opera Workshop faculty reunion. From left Ghena, Sharon and Michele. We attended Curtis Opera Theatre's opening of IOLANTA. I had a blast preparing the opera. So xappy for my Curtis students, both casts were exceptional!
Lydia sang Juliet in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" and Dominick performed Paolo in Philadelphia premiere of Rachmaninoff's "Francesca da Rimini".
Major thanks to Russian Opera Workshop Artist 2013 and our superb music faculty for delivering a world-class summer artists program. This photo depict what happens when one spends eight months in Dante's "Inferno" and practicing Rachmaninoff's *hellishly* difficult "Francesca da Rimini" score. I shall return to my normal form in a few days for a new project. The 2014 summer season is a huge two-session program. Tell your friends and stay tuned!
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