July 4 - 8, 2017 Roberta Cunningham, Lyric / Spinto Soprano

Living and Singing in Europe; Mindfulness for Singers; Tisch Talks; Breathing & Posture Workshop; Creating a German Resume for Agent Auditions

Roberta Cunningham – Lyric and then spinto Soprano. After attending AIMS, lived and sang in Europe for 25 years (Wien, München, Hildesheim, Münster, Rudolstadt, Stuttgart). Teaches voice in Berlin, Stuttgart and Münster.

Tisch Talk is an informal one-on-one Q&A discussion about living in Europe, singing for a living, audition repertoire, general advice for singers, practical aspects of AIMS and Graz, pats on the back, etc. Visit http://aimsgraz.com/the-program/course-descriptions/ for descriptions about other classes, lectures and workshops.

July 4 - 8, 2017 Gary Matthewman, Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Workshops for Pianists

Gary Matthewman is one of the UK’s leading song pianists. A regular artist at Wigmore Hall in London, other recent and forthcoming appearances include Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and in Strasbourg, Prague, Lucerne, Basel, Lisbon, Toronto, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney. His UK Festival performances include Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, Aldeburgh, Buxton and Glyndebourne.

Recent and future recital partners include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Nuccia Focile, Mark Padmore, Ailyn Perèz, Kate Lindsey, Markus Werba, Dimitri Platanias, Sylvia Schwartz, Kate Royal, Andrei Bondarenko, Louise Alder, Adam Plachetka, Benjamin Appl, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Roderick Williams.

Gary has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and his recent recording of Schubert’s Winterreise with Matthew Rose received widespread critical acclaim, featuring as Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week. He is Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Royal College of Music, and song coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

July 5, 6 & 7, 2017 Gabriele Lechner, Lyric Dramatic Soprano

Master Classes for Singers

Prof. Lechner completed musical and vocal studies at Viennese Musikhochschule and in Italy. She was awarded the diploma summa cum laude in vocal training, lied and oratorio, and opera. She also won prizes in several competitions: Mario del Monaco (Italy), Opera en Belcanto (Belgium), and Dr. Luis Segall Competition (Chile). She performed for many years with the Vienna State Opera and Graz Opera and then joined Zürich Opera (1991-2001) where she sang the major lyric and dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner and performed over 26 leading roles in the operas of Gluck, Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Boito, Giordano, Offenbach, Schreker, Goldmark, and modern composers Henze and Reimann, among others.

She performed in almost every European country, Korea, Chile and participated in major international festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Prague Spring Festival and Carinthischer Sommer Austria. Her international career began in 1986 as Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Vienna State Opera with Luciano Pavarotti and Claudio Abbado. Watch Prof. Lechner and Luciano Pavarotti sing the Ballo Duett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtk_MtI8bSM

She has a vast concert repertoire having appeared with the leading conductors of the day (She has worked with over 120 conductors!), and appears often in solo concerts in European countries. Many radio and television broadcasts and CD/DVD productions, including “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Pavarotti and Abbado, Tosca with Neil Shicoff, Hänsel and Gretel with Maestro Welser-Möst, have resulted from these artistic collaborations. Currently she is University Professor of Voice at Viennese U of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has judged the Meistersinger Vocal Competition and is one of the favorite master class teachers at AIMS.

Visit Prof. Lechner’s website: http://www.gabriele-lechner.at

July 17, 2017 and other dates Clemens Anton Klug, Artists Agent - Klug Artists, Graz

Auditioning in Europe

Born and schooled in Graz; associated with AIMS all his life. Completed BA and MPh studies in Musicology, Romance Languages and Organ performance. Freelance journalist, program annotator, narrator and musician. Since 2004, represents an international group of vocalists and instrumentalists. Collaborates with artists such as singers Michèle Crider, Elina Garanča and Peter Dvorský, conductor Valery Gergiev and actress Vanessa Redgrave. On his roster are several former AIMSers whom he represents in Austria and various European countries. For his own festival, he engaged legendary mezzosoprano Christa Ludwig for the first time as a reciter.

July 24 - 28, 2017 Patricia Craig, Soprano

Master Classes and Private Coachings for Singers

Renowned American operatic soprano and voice teacher, Patricia Craig, joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 1990 and joined the voice faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2010. Her performing career spans over three decades of major roles in the leading opera houses of the world. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1978 as Marenka in The Bartered Bride under the baton of Musical Director James Levine. Met audiences heard her for the next 12 seasons (both on the stage and over the radio on the Texaco Saturday broadcasts) in a variety of leading roles in operas including Madame Butterfly, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Boheme, and Mahagonny.

A specialist in Puccini and Verdi heroines, Ms. Craig’s other operatic credits include performances with the New York City Opera; Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy; the Festival of Two Worlds in both Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina; L’Opera de Marseilles, Frankfort Opera, Frankfort, Germany; and the companies of Cincinnati, Miami, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Concert performances include Pique Dame with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa.

In addition to her private voice studio, and master classes around the country and abroad, she continues her summer teaching at, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua NY. and The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI), where she collaborated for many years with her late husband, the world famous Wagnerian tenor and voice teacher Richard Cassilly.

Ms. Craig serves as an advisor on the board’s of the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Academy of Music. She also is in demand as a competition adjudicator for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the Baltimore Opera, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Patricia Craig received her B.S. degree from Ithaca College. She went on to post-graduate studies in opera at the Manhattan School of Music, and gained her first critical vocal acclaim as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She now numbers, with pride, her own students who have gained recognition in this competition, as well as others who are singing with the major opera companies of the United States and abroad. Ms. Craig has studied and collaborated with prominent artists including Donald Craig, James de Blasis, Diane Richardson, Marinka Gurevitch, Joan Dorneman, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Henry Lewis, Italo Tajo, Magda Olivero and Jeffrey Tate to name but a few.

July 31 - August 4, 2017 Linda Watson, Dramatic Soprano

Master Classes and Private Coachings for Singers

Linda Watson has gained international recognition as one of the most important Wagnerian artists of our time. Her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1998 as Kundry in Parsifal under Giuseppe Sinopoli was followed by prestigious invitations throughout the world. She has since appeared as Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud in Lohengrin, both Venus and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Brünnhilde in the Ring cycle all over the world. She interpreted Isolde at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and with the company in Japan, on both occasions under the baton of Music Director Zubin Mehta, who also conducted her Isolde at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Ms. Watson has appeared as Isolde in Prague, Bern, Florence and Düsseldorf. She made her debut with the Munich Philharmonic in 2000 singing Act 3 of Siegfried with Ben Heppner in concerts conducted by James Levine. She has collaborated with many other leading conductors including Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano and Kent Nagano.

Born in San Francisco, Ms. Watson completed her initial studies at the New England Conservatory, after which she received numerous scholarships, including a Fulbright, which allowed her to continue her studies at the Vienna Conservatory. She started her operatic career in Aachen (Germany), after which she joined the Leipzig Opera in 1995. She began her career as a mezzosoprano and was heard in Leipzig in roles which included Venus in Tannhäuser and Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. She debuted at the Vienna State Opera as Venus in 1997.

Her first soprano role was Sieglinde in Die Walküre at Essen (Germany) Opera. She subsequently joined the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as leading dramatic soprano, adding Kundry, Isolde, Leonore (Fidelio) and Ariadne to her repertoire. Her first appearances in Amsterdam and Prague were as the Marschallin. She sang her first Ortrud in Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 1999 and appeared in this role at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000 and 2001. Her first Siegfried Brünnhilde was at Bonn Opera. She performed Elisabeth in Tannhäuser for the first time in Toulouse in 2000. She made her Italian and Spanish stage debuts as Isolde in Florence and as Kundry in Madrid in 2001. She later repeated Kundry under Christian Thielemann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. At Bayreuth she appeared as Kundry in 1998, followed by Ortrud there in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Beside appearing as Kundry in Madrid with Plàcido Domingo and a tour with the Bavarian State Opera to Japan as Isolde and Leonore in Fidelio in 2001, she made her Berlin Philharmonic debut in Parsifal under Claudio Abbado and her Netherlands Opera debut in a new production of Lohengrin. In 2002, she sang her first Die Walküre Brünnhilde in Tokyo. She repeated the role in Düsseldorf and subsequently at the Bayreuth Festival. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Kundry in 2003 under Valery Gergiev, Lohengrin in Bologna with Daniele Gatti, Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Liceu; Kundry in Parsifal in a new production at the Wagner Festival in Seattle followed. She debuted at the Washington National Opera opposite Plàcido Domingo as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre. She first sang the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten at Los Angeles Opera in 2004 and in that season also appeared in a complete Ring cycle with the Vienna State Opera, and in Ring performances as Brünnhilde at the De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Recent engagements include Kundry in Parsifal in Los Angeles, the Ring at the Thèâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the 2005/06 season and in 2006 as Brünnhilde in Bayreuth under the baton of Christian Thielemann. In 2007, she sang Ortrud at La Scala, Brünnhilde in Die Walküre in Washington, the Ring in Bayreuth, Tannhäuser in Tokyo, Tristan und Isolde at the Bavarian State Opera and at the Los Angeles Opera, and the Dyer’s Wife at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 2009, she returned to Los Angeles Opera as Brünnhilde in the Company’s first staging of the Ring cycle and also repeated this role at the Bayreuth Festival in 2009 and 2010. She has the distinction of being the only leading soprano to sing at the Bayreuth Festival ten seasons in a row.

August 3, 2017 Bo Skovhus, Baritone

Master Class for Singers

Born in Denmark, Boje Skovhus studied at the Aarhus Music College and the Royal Academy for Opera of Copenhagen and in New York. He rose to opera stardom after a last minute appearance at the Vienna Volksoper when he substituted as Don Giovanni. Since then he has enjoyed a rapidly developing career on the world’s greatest opera stages.

He has been virtually adopted by the Viennese, and regularly performs at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He sings the major baritone roles, such as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has spurred a revival of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Volksoper, and Royal Opera Copenhagen, and the little known baritone version of Massenet’s Werther. He also has made a specialty of Britten’s Billy Budd and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, including arias or scenes from them on his first opera disc (Sony Classics). Other leading baritone parts in his repertoire are Berg’s Wozzeck, Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Peter I in Zar und Zimmerman, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Raimond in Othmar Schoeck’s Venus.

Skovhus also frequently appears on the recital stage and has recorded many recital discs. These include selections of Lieder by Hugo Wolf and Erich Korngold, a selection of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann (The Heart of the Poet), and the two great Schubert song cycles Schwanengesang and Die schöne Müllerin. After his 1997 New York recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center he was acclaimed as one of the great Lieder singers of his generation. He is particularly known for the energy and characterization he brings to the stage. He has appeared on many of the world’s great opera stages, including the Metropolitan in New York (debuting 1998 in Die Fledermaus), the Hamburg State Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera Copenhagen, and the Bavarian State Opera.

He appears at major music festivals such as Die Salzburg Festspiel, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, the Vienna Festwochen, and the Feldkirch Schubertiade. On the orchestral concert stage, he has sung in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Brahms’ Ein deutsche Requiem, and Schumann’s Scenes from Faust. This is Skovhus’ sixth time to give a master class at AIMS.

August 5, 2017 Deborah Voigt, Dramatic Soprano

Master Class for Singers

Deborah Voigt is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence. Having made her name as a leading dramatic soprano, she is internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and more, and is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs. Besides boasting an extensive discography, she appears regularly as both performer and host in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters around the world.

In fall 2016, Voigt launches a new appointment as a full-time member of the voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she will offer coaching and mentorship through private lessons and masterclasses. Similarly, as the new Artistic Advisor to Florida’s Vero Beach Opera, she will continue to advise on repertoire, casting, and production, besides judging the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation’s second annual International Vocal Competition. The coming season sees her join Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony for accounts of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in Copenhagen and on a five-city tour of California, and reunite with pianist Brian Zeger for a recital of Beach, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Her one-woman show returns in 2016-17 too, with a performance in Colorado. Developed in close collaboration with playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello at the famed MacDowell Colony, and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with music direction by Kevin Stites, Voigt Lessons weaves 18 songs and arias of special personal significance to Voigt into a vivid narration of the story of her life and career; since premiering at the Glimmerglass Festival, it has been performed in Boston, Provincetown, and New York City.

In 2015 one of the soprano’s most personal projects came to fruition, with HarperCollins’s publication of Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva. This “startlingly frank” (Associated Press) and “hard to put down” (Opera) memoir, which Voigt discussed at book signings around the country and in interviews with the Today show, PBS NewsHour and People magazine, was released in paperback in January 2016. Other highlights of recent seasons include her role debut as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck at the Met, opposite Thomas Hampson under James Levine’s leadership, and her star turn in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, with Ted Sperling and New York City’s MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale). She gave recitals in cities across the U.S., including Boston, Miami, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Palm Desert, Stanford, and Sonoma, and in concert she collaborated with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. In a pair of special guest appearances, she duetted with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright at London’s BBC Proms, and joined Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth for a medley of music and comedy at Carnegie Hall. She also served as WQXR’s inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence and Washington National Opera’s Artist-in-Residence, and hosted the San Francisco benefit concert for Sing With Haiti, to aid the rebuilding of Haiti’s Holy Trinity Music School, destroyed in the earthquake of 2010.

Throughout her career, Voigt has given definitive performances of iconic roles in German opera, from Richard Strauss’s Ariadne, Salome, Kaiserin (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Chrysothemis (Elektra) to Wagner’s Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), and Isolde. She is also noted for starring roles in Strauss’s Egyptian Helen, Der Rosenkavalier, and Friedenstag; Wagner’s Lohengrin; and Berlioz’s Les Troyens; and her portrayals of such popular Italian roles as Tosca, Aida, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (La forza del destino), La Gioconda, and Minnie (La fanciulla del West).

Voigt’s extensive discography includes two popular and critically successful solo recordings for EMI Classics: All My Heart: Deborah Voigt Sings American Songs with pianist Brian Zeger, named one of the “Best of the Year” by Opera News magazine, and the Billboard top-five bestseller Obsessions, which presents scenes and arias from operas by Wagner and Strauss. Her recording of Strauss’s Egyptian Helen was another Billboard bestseller and was again named one of the best of the year by Opera News. Deutsche Grammophon released a live recording of Voigt’s headlining role debut in the 2003 Vienna State Opera Tristan und Isolde, as well as a Blu-ray DVD set of her starring role as Brünnhilde in Robert Lepage’s visionary Ring cycle at the Met, which won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording of 2013.

A devotee of Broadway and American song, Voigt has given acclaimed performances of popular fare, including benefit concerts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York Theatre Workshop. She has sung with Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves at the Hollywood Bowl, and given performances in Lincoln Center’s long-running American Songbook series, singing Broadway and popular standards. In the summer of 2011 Voigt won praise as Annie Oakley at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, headlining both Irving Berlin’s beloved Annie Get Your Gun and her own Voigt Lessons. Millions of viewers heard Voigt sing “America the Beautiful” on NBC’s nationwide broadcast of Macy’s Independence Day fireworks show in 2004, and later that year they witnessed her majestic ride down Broadway in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She has also been profiled by many important national media outlets, such as CBS’s 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and Vanity Fair.

Voigt studied at California State University at Fullerton. She was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and won both the Gold Medal in Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition and First Prize at Philadelphia’s Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. A Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she was Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year 2003, won a 2007 Opera News Award for distinguished achievement, and has received Honorary Doctorates from Smith College (2015) and the University of South Carolina (2009). Known to Twitter fans as a “Dramatic soprano and down-to-earth Diva,” Voigt was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the top 25 cultural tweeters to follow.




August 11, 2017 Barbara Bonney, Soprano

Master Class for Singers

American-born (Montclair NJ) Barbara Bonney is one of the world’s most accomplished lyric sopranos. She lead the field in her chosen repertoire of roles by Mozart and Richard Strauss and is recognised as one of the finest Lieder and concert performers of her generation. Barbara Bonney sang with the world’s leading opera companies. Her interpretations of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier under Sir Georg Solti and Carlos Kleiber have both been released on video, as has her performance of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)from La Scala, Milan. She was a regular guest with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in Munich, Hamburg and Geneva.

In concert, Ms. Bonney has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti, the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado (singing Mahler), Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mahler 2nd) and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk with John Eliot Gardiner (Paradies und die Peri and Mahler 4). In the summer of 1995 she was in residence at Tanglewood and performed extensively with Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in addition to giving recitals and masterclasses. Her engagements have included Falstaff andL’elisir d’amore at the Met, Figaro and Der Rosenkavalier at Bastille Opera in Paris and many other opera houses of the world. She toured Japan with Ozawa and made a major European tour with the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons.

Barbara Bonney was a prolific recording artist and her outstanding recordings have included many with Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner (Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe) and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also critically acclaimed were her recital discs of Lieder by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Wolf, Mendelssohn and Schubert, all accompanied by the late Geoffrey Parsons. In addition there are complete recordings of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte with both Harnoncourt and Östman, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel under Jeffrey Tate. Additional releases include La Clemenza di Tito for Decca and Exsultate jubilate with Trevor Pinnock, plus Carmina Burana with André Previn for DGG and her Lieder series with discs accompanied by Previn and Ashkenazy. In 2007, she was appointed professor of voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.