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2021 Concerts with the AIMS Festival Orchestra

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

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: TBA

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 22, 2021 at 19:30 – Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress
Dirigent: TBA

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

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 19:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Dirigent: TBA

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

Vocal works:


Orchestra Concert #4
O mia bella Napoli

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 19:30 – Schlossbergbühne Kasematten
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 19:30 – Kunsthaus Weiz
Dirigent: TBA

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

Vocal works:
Neapolitan songs –
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

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 19:30 – Helmut-List-Halle
Dirigent: TBA

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.


2021 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

TBA – LKH Kirche
TBA – 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

TBA – Priesterseminar, Barocksaal
TBA – Graz Museum



Nico de Villiers, Coach

Gypsy Songs

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

TBA – Priesterseminar, Barocksaal
TBA – Meerscheinschlössl



      – for singers, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists


AIMS Artists in Recital

All Montagskonzert: AIMS Artists in Recitals are held at Pfarrsaal, St. Leonhard
Monday, TBA at 19.30
Monday, TBA at 19.30

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

AIMS 50 Years of Broadway
Broadway Concerts

TBA – MurInsel (AIMS Short)
TBA – Konferenzsaal der ams AG, Premstätten
TBA – 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)

TBA – Casino, Restaurant (AIMS Short)
TBA – Odilien-Institut, Festsaal (Benefit for the Odilien-Institut)
TBA – 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

TBA – MurInsel (AIMS Short)
TBA – Pfarrkirche Kainach
TBA – Wallfahrtskirche Maria Straßengel
TBA –  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

TBA – Cafe Kaiserfeld (AIMS Short)
TBA – 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, TBA at 9:00 – Kirche St. Leonhard
Sunday, TBA at 11:30 – Franziskanerkirche
Sunday, TBA at 9:30 – Herz-Jesu-Kirche
Sunday, TBA at 10:00 – Stadtpfarrkirche
Sunday, TBA 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

TBA – Cafe Kaiserfeld (AIMS Short)
TBA – 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.


Instrumental Chamber Music Concert

TBA – 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.)