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
ConcertoNet REVIEW: "From Russia, with AVA love" by Lewis Whittington - bit.ly/1zvpAAx
I was so proud of my AVA Artists!!! All of their duet repertoire consisted of all Russian operas I have produced during Russian Opera Workshop summer seasons 2011-2014.
Can't wait for Russian Opera Workshop 2015, when we will do a Philadelphia premiere of THE DEMON by Anton Rubinstein.
Hear AVA Artists that also include Russian Opera Workshop Alums and recent district winners of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
For tickets visit AVAOpera.org or call 215-735-1685
Daron Hagen is one of America's most versatile, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally.
Mr. Hagen's activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist.
He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Sharon Robinson, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America's major musical institutions, and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Royal Albert Hall.
Mr. Hagen has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, GPR, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others.
In 2012, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman's Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.
A complete list of Mr. Hagen's over 250 published art songs, song cycles, and choral works, eight operas, four symphonies, twelve concerti, and over forty chamber works may be found, along with information about upcoming performances and premieres, at his website: www.daronhagen.com.
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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