OPERA STUDIO
2018 Concerts with the AIMS Festival Orchestra

 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ORCHESTRAL WORKS WILL BE PERFORMED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED


Opera Studio Singers –
At a later date, you will receive an email asking you to indicate your performance preferences online.

 

Opening Ceremonies

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 11:00 – Aula, Karl-Franzens-Universität
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Ludwig van Beethoven Leonoren-Ouvertüre Nr. 3, Op. 72b
Leonard Bernstein Fancy Free Three Dance Variations
Johannes Brahms Ungarische Tänze (Hungarian Dances) Nr. 1, 2, 5, 10
Gioachino Rossini Ouvertüre aus La gazza ladra


Orchestra Concert #1 – Himmlische Klänge (Heavenly Sounds)

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 19:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Hannah Lash Music for Loss (European Premiere)
Ottorino Respighi Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows)

Vocal works will include sacred and secular arias and ensembles.


Orchestra Concert #2 – Eine Nacht in Paris (A Night in Paris)

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:

Giuseppe Verdi Ouvertüre aus Giovanna d’Arco
Jean Sibelius 5. Symphonie in Es-Dur, Op 82

Vocal arias and ensembles will be selected from La bohème, La traviata, La rondine, Manon, Manon Lescaut, and others.


Orchestra Concert #3 – Von neuen und alten Welten (From the new and old worlds)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 19:30 – Stift St Paul im Lavanttal
Dirigent: Lukas Beikircher

Orchestral works:
Giuseppe Verdi Ouvertüre aus Nabucco
Maurice Ravel Boléro
Antonín Dvořák 9. Symphonie in e-moll “Aus der Neuen Welt” Op 95 (only at St Paul)

A variety of Italian, French, German, and English vocal arias and ensembles will be presented.


Orchestra Concert #4
Operette

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 19:30 – Kasematten
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 19:30 – Kunsthaus Weiz
Dirigent: Lukas Beikircher

Orchestral works:
TBA

Vocal arias and ensembles to be selected from famous operettas by Franz Lehár, Johann Strauß, Robert Stolz, and more will be presented on the first half of the concert. The second half of the concert will feature Leonard Bernstein vocal and orchestral works.

 

Orchestra Concert #5 – Meistersinger

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 19:30 – Helmut-List-Halle
Dirigent: Marius Stieghorst

Orchestral works:
TBA

Meistersinger Finalists will sing before a jury and the Graz public. Prizes will be awarded.

Meistersinger Vocal Competition Rules, repertoire requirements and fee are published on the AIMS website. http://aimsgraz.com/the-program/voice/the-meistersinger-competition/

LIEDER STUDIO

2018 Liederabende


 

Gabriel Dobner, Coach

Lost in Translation

 

Dates and Locations TBA

Exploring various settings of the German Lied Repertoire based on poetry from other languages translated into German.

 

Composers to include:

Johannes Brahms
Antonin Dvorak
Edvard Grieg
Rudolf Jensen
Erich Korngold
Gustav Mahler
Eusebius Mandyczewsky
Joseph Marx
Felix Mendelssohn
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann

 


 

Kenneth Griffiths, Coach

Friedrich Rückert Settings

Dates and Locations TBA

Often when one hears the name of Rückert in the context of Lieder settings the name that comes to mind is usually Gustav Mahler.  However, this poet was universally loved and this program will amply demonstrate his popularity.

 

Composers to include:

Robert Franz
Fanny Hensel
Wilhelm Kienzl
Carl Loewe
Gustav Mahler
Joseph Marx
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Clara Schumann
Richard Strauss

 


 

Timothy Hoekman, Coach

Eine Schubertiade
A Schubertiade

 

Dates and Locations TBA

 

Composer:

Franz Schubert

OTHER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

      – for singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists

 

Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recital

All Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recitals are held at St Leonhard, Pfarrsaal
Monday, July 16, 2018 at 19:30
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 19:30
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 19.30
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 19.30

Singer and collaborative piano participants will be selected to perform on these recitals.

 

Broadway Concerts

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 19:30 – Casino Austria – Casineum
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:30 – Premstätten

Coordinator and coach: TBA

Repertoire for this concert to be selected from: TBA

 

Operetta Concerts (with piano)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 19:30 – St Leonhard, Pfarrsaal (Benefit for Odilien-Institut)
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 19:30 – Casino Austria – Casineum
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 19:30 – St Leonhard, Pfarrsaal (Benefit for Odilien-Institut)

Coordinators and Coaches: Christine Fasser and Stefan Birnhuber

The Operetta Program at AIMS is a unique opportunity for AIMS singers and pianists to become acquainted with a genre that has a vast repertoire and remains popular in German speaking countries and around the world.  Most Americans only know of operetta through two of its towering hits, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr and Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehar.  At AIMS, participants will encounter other works by the famous Strauss and Lehar, as well as operetta gems by composers such as Kálmán, Lortzing, Dostal, and Graz-born Robert Stolz.  Far from being a poor stepchild of opera, operetta has vocal demands no less exacting than opera and a style all its own.  Singers looking to establish themselves in Germany and Austria will find that many opera houses regularly perform operettas and prize performers with skills in this genre.  The AIMS Operetta concerts with piano (in the Graz Casino, the benefit concert for the Odilien Institut in the St Leonhard Pfarrsaal, and in the elegant Meerscheinschlößl) are well-attended by the Graz public, who view these concerts as yearly events not to be missed.  The programs of arias, duets, and ensembles are animated with staging and choreography (de rigueur for this delightful and sparkling repertoire) and often accompanied by a small chamber ensemble.

 

Spirituals and American Sacred Music Concerts

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 19:30 – Strassengelkirche in Judendorf
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 20:00 –  Münzgrabenkirche in Graz

Coordinator and Coach: Alfonse Anderson

Spiritual solos and ensembles. Open to all singers. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring music you want to perform.

Concert dress:
Ladies – floor-length gowns with modest necklines and shoulders covered. (No exceptions)
Men – dark suits with ties.

 

Italian Arias & Songs Concerts

Buona sera, Graz! Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 19:30 – TBA

Coordinator: Piotr Wisniewski

Italian opera arias and ensembles. Open to all singers. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring music you want to perform.

 

Performance opportunities at Graz church services

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 9:00 – TBA
Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:30 – TBA
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 9:30 – TBA
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 9:30 – TBA
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:30 – Münzgrabenkirche

Coordinator: Vanessa Bosch

Open to all singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring sacred music you know.

 

Viva Espana! Spanish Concerts

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 19:30 – GGZ (Senior Center)
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 19:30 – Meerscheinschlössl

Coordinator and Coach: Gustavo Halley and Evangelina Colon
John Muratore, guitar

Songs in Spanish from Spain/Latin America, and arias from Zarzuelas.
Bring music you wish to perform.

 

Kammermusik Instrumental Chamber Music

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 19:30 – Franziskanerkirche

Coordinator: Randy Glasner

Open to all instrumentalists. Indicate your interest in performing after arrival. Bring ensemble music you know. (Additional chamber music available in the AIMS library.)