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OPERA STUDIO
2020 Concerts with the AIMS Festival Orchestra


Opera Studio Singers –
At a later date, you will receive an email asking you to indicate your performance preferences online.
PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL VOCAL WORKS LISTED WILL BE PERFORMED.

 

Orchestra Concert #1
Galakonzert “50 Jahre AIMS in Graz”

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: Lukas Beikircher

Orchestral works:
John Adams – Fanfare for orchestra: A Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Aaron Copland – Symphony No. 3, IV. Fanfare and Finale

Vocal works:
Arias and ensembles from Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti and others. Please list arias interested in performing when filling out the Performance Planning section of your application. Performers will be selected based on Hearings.

 

Orchestra Concert #2
Von Zauberern, Hexen und Geistern
Of Wizards, Witches and Ghosts

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: Marius Stieghorst

Orchestral works:
Béla Bartók – Der Wunderbare Mandarin, Op. 19 Sz. 73 BB 82
Felix Mendelssohn – Ouvertüre aus Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op. 21

Vocal works:
Vincenzo Bellini – I puritani
Suoni la tromba – Sir Riccardo Forth: Baritone; Sir Giorgio Valton: Bass

Georges Bizet – Carmen 
En vain pour éviter – Carmen: Mezzosoprano
Mélons, mélons, coupons! – Carmen: Mezzosoprano; Mercédes: Mezzosoprano; Frasquita: Soprano

Benjamin Britten – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 64
Be kind and courteous – Tytania: Soprano
Welcome, wanderer…I know a bank – Oberon: Countertenor

Gaetano Donizetti – La favorite
Spirto gentil – Fernand: Tenor

Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Regnava nel silenzio – Lucia: Soprano

Charles Gounod – Faust
Ah! Je ris de me voir – Marguerite: Soprano

Leoš Janáček – The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody lišky Bystroušky)
The Forester’s Aria – The Forester (Revírník): Baritone

Jules Massenet – Cendrillon
Ah! Douce enfant – La Fée: Soprano
Enfin, je suis ici – Cendrillon: Soprano
Toi qui m’es apparue – Cendrillon: Soprano; Le Prince Charmant: Soprano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 
Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden – Pamina: Soprano
Der Hölle Rache – Königin der Nacht: Soprano
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön – Tamino: Tenor
Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen – Papageno: Baritone
Hm! Hm! Hm! – Tamino: Tenor; Papageno: Baritone; Erste Dame: Soprano; Zweite Dame: Soprano; Dritte Dame: Mezzosoprano
Zu hilfe, zu hilfe – Tamino: Tenor; Erste Dame: Soprano; Zweite Dame: Soprano; Dritte Dame: Mezzosoprano

Jacques Offenbach – Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Scintille, diamant – Dappertutto: Bass-baritone
Tu ne chantera plus? Antonia: Soprano; Miracle: Bass-baritone; Mother: Mezzosoprano

André Previn – A Streetcar Named Desire
I Want Magic – Blanche: Soprano

Ambroise Thomas – Hamlet
Spectre infernal – Hamlet: Baritone

Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff
Sul fil d’un soffio etesio – Nanetta: Soprano

Giuseppe Verdi – Macbeth
Tre volte miagola la gatta in fregola (Witches’ chorus) Act III

Giuseppe Verdi – Un ballo in maschera
Re dell’abisso, affrettati – Ulrica: Contralto

 

Orchestra Concert #3
Jubilate!

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 19:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 19:30 – Stift St. Paul im Lavanttal
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:
Maurice Ravel – La valse
Ottorino Respighi – Le fontane di Roma

Vocal works:
TBA

 

Orchestra Concert #4
O mia bella Napoli

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 19:30 – Schlossbergbühne Kasematten
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 19:30 – Kunsthaus Weiz
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:
Alfredo Casella – Italia, Rapsodia per Orchestra, Op. 11
Jacques Offenbach – Ouvertüre aus Coscoletto

Vocal works:
Neapolitan songs –
Marchiare
Core ingrato
O’ Paese do sole
Torna a Sorrento
Ah che bell’aria Fresca
A Vucchella
O sole mio

Franz Lehár – Der Zarewitsch 
Kosende Wellen … Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Mai – Sonja: Soprano; Zarewitsch: Tenor
Komm an meine Brust – Wenn dein zartes Herz nach Liebe schreit –Iwan: Baritone; Mascha: Soprano

Jacques Offenbach – Coscoletto 
Seht das Blumenmädchen hier – Delfina: Soprano; Coscoletto: Soprano or Tenor; Mariana: Soprano
Die Liebe soll ein süßes Fläschchen sein – Coscoletto: Soprano or Tenor

Robert Stolz – Venus in Seide
O mia bella Napoli – Tenor or Tenor and Soprano

Franz von Suppé – Banditenstreiche 
Ein Bandit und Räuber zu sein – Malandrino: Tenor
Bald schon werde ich dein Gatte –  Lidia: Soprano; Malandrino: Tenor

 

Orchestra Concert #5
Meistersinger

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 19:30 – Helmut-List-Halle
Dirigent: Marzio Conti

Orchestral works:
Leonard Bernstein – Ouvertüre aus Candide
Richard Strauss – Don Juan, Op. 20

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. https://aimsgraz.com/the-program/voice/meistersinger-competition-and-lieder-studio-awards/

LIEDER STUDIO

2020 Liederabende


 

Gabriel Dobner, Coach

Wein, Weib und Gesang
Wine, Woman and Song

Exploring the Lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Krenek, Marx, Pfitzner, Kreisler, Korngold, Wolf, and others

Tuesday, August 11 at 18.00 – LKH Kirche
Wednesday, August 12 at 19.30 – Priesterseminar, Barocksaal

 


 

Kenneth Griffiths, Coach

Galgenlieder bis Liebeslieder
Gallows Songs to Love Songs

Vertonungen der Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern
Lieder Settings of Christian Morgenstern verses

Friday, August 7 at 19.30 – Priesterseminar, Barocksaal
Saturday, August 8 at 11.00 – Graz Museum

 


 

Nico de Villiers, Coach

Zigeunerlieder
Gypsy Songs

An exploration of traveling and fluid citizenship through song fashioned around Johannes Brahms’s popular Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103.

Saturday, August 8 at 19.30 – Priesterseminar, Barocksaal
Sunday, August 9 at 11.00 – Meerscheinschlössl

 

OTHER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

      – for singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists

 

Montagskonzert
AIMS Artists in Recital

All Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recitals are held at Pfarrsaal, St. Leonhard
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 19.30
Monday, August 10, 2020 at 19.30

Singer and collaborative piano participants may sign up to perform on these recitals.


AIMS 50 Years of Broadway
Broadway Concerts

Friday, July 24, 2020 at 16:30 – MurInsel (AIMS Short)
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 19:30 – Konferenzsaal der ams AG, Premstätten
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 19:30 – Casino Graz, Casineum

Coordinators and coaches: Michael Ramach and Stephanie Weiss

Music will be selected from the following:
A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)
Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
Corner of the Sky (Pippin)
Defying Gravity (Wicked)
Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina (Evita)
I Am What I Am (La Cage aux Folles)
I Believe (The Book of Mormon)
I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
I Want It All (Baby)
I Won’t Send Roses (Mack & Mabel)
I’m Alive (Next to Normal)
Let It Go (Frozen)
Lily’s Eyes (The Secret Garden)
Magic To Do (Pippin)
Man Up (The Book of Mormon)
Moonfall (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
Nobody’s Side (Chess)
One Night in Bangkok (Chess)
Out Tonight (Rent)
Pulled (The Addams Family)
So Much Better (Legally Blonde)
The Music of the Night (The Phantom of the Opera)
The Schuyler Sisters (Hamilton)
This is the Moment (Jekyll & Hyde)
Unusual Way (Nine)
Waving Through a Window (Dear Evan Hansen)
You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Company)

 

Operette rund um die Welt
Operetta Concerts (with piano)

Friday, July 24, 2020 at 17:00 – Casino, Restaurant (AIMS Short)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Odilien-Institut, Festsaal (Benefit for the Odilien-Institut)
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 19:30 – Casino Graz, Casineum

Coordinator and coach: Wayne Wyman

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 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.

 

Spirituals, Gospels und mehr 
Spirituals and American Sacred Music Concerts

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – MurInsel (AIMS Short)
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 19:00 – Pfarrkirche Kainach
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 19:30 – Wallfahrtskirche Maria Straßengel
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 20:00 –  Münzgrabenkirche

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.

 

Buona sera, Graz!
Italian Arias & Songs Concert

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 16:30 – Cafe Kaiserfeld (AIMS Short)
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 19:30 – Kammermusiksaal, Grazer Congress

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.

 

AIMS in Graz Churches
Performance opportunities at Graz church services

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 9:00 – Kirche St. Leonhard
Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11:30 – Franziskanerkirche
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 10:00 – Stadtpfarrkirche
Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 10:00 – Münzgrabenkirche

Coordinator: TBA

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

 

Fiesta Española!
Spanish Concert

Friday, August 7, 2020 at 16:30 – Cafe Kaiserfeld (AIMS Short)
Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 19:30 – Meerscheinschlössl

Coordinator and coach: Gustavo Halley
John Muratore, guitar

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

 

Kammermusik
Instrumental Chamber Music Concert

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 19:30 – Pfarrsaal, St Leonhard

Coordinator: David Thomas

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