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July 3 - 7, 2018 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 for descriptions about other classes, lectures and workshops.

July 4, 5 & 6, 2018 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

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.

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July 5 - 9, 2018 Gary Matthewman, Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Workshops for Collaborative 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 16, 2018 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 17 - 18, 2018 Ulrich Eisenlohr, Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Special Guest in Lieder & Collaborative Piano Studios

Ulrich Eisenlohr studied at the conservatory of music in Mannheim with Rolf Hartmann, piano and Lieder under Konrad Richter in Stuttgart. Specializing in the areas of song accompaniment and chamber music, he began an extensive concert career with numerous instrumental and vocal partners in Europe and all over the world including appearances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus; Berlin Festival Weeks; London’s Wigmore Hall; Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Edinburgh Festival; Frankfurt Festival; International Beethoven Festival Bonn; Ludwigsburg Festival; European Music Festival Stuttgart among others. His Lieder partners include Ingeborg Danz, Christian Elsner, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christoph Pregardien, Sibylla Rubens, Markus Schäfer, Roman Trekel, Rainer Trost, Iris Vermillion, Michael Volle, Ruth Ziesak and many more.

Ulrich Eisenlohr has also appeared in numerous broadcast productions, live concert recordings, and television tapings, as well as recordings for leading labels such as Sony Classical, Naxos, harmonia mundi, CPO, and others. Several of his recordings have been awarded major prizes, such as the German Record Critics’ Quarterly Award; Grand Prix International from the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris; the Classical Internet Award; and a Supersonic Award by the leading music magazine “pizzicato”.

The conception, artistic leading, and recording of all Schubert songs for the Naxos label was an outstanding and important focus of his artistic work; the whole project started in 1998c and was finished and released by 2011.

Ulrich Eisenlohr has conducted numerous masterclasses in Lied and chamber music in many countries. As pianist for masterclasses, he worked together with Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Daniel Ferro and Geoffrey Parsons. Currently he is professor at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where he teaches a Lieder class.

July 18, 2018 Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr, Soprano

Master Class for Singers

Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr studied at the Richard-Strauss-Academy of Music in Munich with Ingrid Bettag. She took part in masterclasses held by Daniel Ferro, Hans Hotter and Norman Shettler. During her studies she was invited to sing “Königin der Nacht” in Mozart’s Zauberflöte in numerous opera houses throughout Germany and Austria. She also sang in Oratorio performances and Lieder recitals. She was engaged at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and Semper Oper in Dresden, both for 6 years.

Claudia was engaged to sing major roles at important opera houses in Europe: Geneva, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin, National Theatre Prague, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Volksoper Vienna, Karlsruhe, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Bonn, Hannover, Leipzig, Parma, Modena, Piacenza, Ravenna among many others.

She sang all of Mozart’s soprano roles beyond the light soprano roles, beginning with “Queen of the night”, continuing with Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, la Contessa in Le nozze de Figaro, and also Elettra and Vitellia. Other important roles were Musetta in La boheme, Sophie in the Der Rosenkavalier, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Agathe in Der Freischütz, all soprano roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (in a staging by Harry Kupfer at the Komische Oper Berlin), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and some major roles in contemporary operas, including Luigi Nonos’ Intolleranza.

Claudia has worked with well-known conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Donald Runnicles, Stefan Soltez, Friedemann Layer, Jun Märkl, Marc Albrecht, J.Belohlavek, Kazushi Ono, Adam Fischer; and stage directors Willy Decker, Werner Schröter, Harry Kupfer, Christine Mielitz, Christoph Loy and others.

She has also performed large concerto and recital repertoire from Purcell and Bach, to John Cage, with an emphasis on late romantic and classical modern composers.

Since 2003 she has been a professor of voice at the University of Music in Cologne.

July 23 - 24, 2018 Lorraine DiSimone, Soprano

Special Guest in ATS Classes


Lorraine DiSimone, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has appeared extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. She has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and Shreveport Symphony.  She has sung over 50 opera roles including Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Elizabeth Proctor in Ward’s The Crucible, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Preziosilla in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Wellgunde and Gerhilde in Wagner’s Ring as well as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde.

Ms. DiSimone has sung with numerous houses in Germany and central Europe. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Verdi’s Nabucco and has performed there often in works of Beethoven, Handel, Mascagni, Mozart, etc. She has performed with many U.S. companies, including Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, New York Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Knoxville Opera and Sarasota Opera.

Ms. DiSimone made her European debut in Venice at La Fenice. She sang Maddalena to Marcello Giordani’s Duke in Rigoletto in Spoleto, Italy.  Ms. DiSimone has also been active in performing contemporary music. She has performed with the Composers in Red Sneakers, Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC), Lincoln Center Outdoors, and Symphony Space concerts as well as with the Bayerische Rundfunk Kammerorchester in Munich. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. DiSimone has taught on the faculties of Clark University, Wake Forest University, the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. CDs include Mascagni’s Silvano and Harbison’s Full Moon in March.

Since 2005, Ms. DiSimone has been on the faculty of the University of TN Knoxville and iArea Coordinator as well as Faculty Coordinator for VolOpera, the undergraduate opera workshop at UT.  Since Summer 2016 she has been on the faculty of the Berlin Opera Academy.

July 23 - 27, 2018 Ewa Iżykowska, Soprano

Master Class and Private Coachings for Singers

Ewa Iżykowska belongs to the group of the most outstanding Polish singers. She  graduated  from Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where she studied singing under Prof. Kazimiera Goławska.  She continued her studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Teatro alla Scala in Milan under Giulietta Simionato and Eduardo Miller. She is also summa cum laude graduate of Academy of Drama in Warsaw, Poland.

Ewa Iżykowska won several prizes at the international vocal competitions, such as Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria, Mozart Competition in Alessandria, Italy, Vocal Competition in Rome, Italy, Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa Iżykowska started her professional career at the Opera House in Poznań in 1981 where she created Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Micaela in “Carmen”, Liu in “Turandot” and many others. In 1986 Ewa Iżykowska made  her debut at the Chamber Opera House in Vienna, Austria, where she sang  Nedda in “I Pagliacci” and Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro”.

In 1987-1991 she was soloist at the Opera House in Luzerne, Switzerland, where amopng others she sang Poppea in “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Tatyana in “Eugen Onegin”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Adriana in “Adriana Lecouvreur” together with tenor Ramon Vargas, and Marcello Viotti conducting.

Recently she appeared also in many European theatres singing many charachters in Penderecki’s “Die Schwarze Maske”, “The Devil from Loudaine”, (both broadcasted internationally) “Paradise Lost”, Strauss’ “Salome”, “Rosenkavalier” (Marschalin), Puccini’s “Tosca”, and Giordano’s Fedora.

Ewa Iżykowska is a distinguished oratorio – cantata singer. Her repertoire includes the best known works starting from Baroque through Romantic oratorios to contemporary works like Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 or Gorecki Symphony No. 3 and the whole oratorio repertoire of Penderecki. During her life she performed in Europe, both Americas, Philippines and Russia. She has recorded with Polish Radio & TV and Austria TV ORF. In 2000, she started her world-wide tour with two solo recitals: “From Baroque to Contemporary Music’’ and ’’Songs of  Chopin and Paderewski’’.

Since 2000 she begun to share her experience with young students atUniversity in Olsztyn, Poland., Polish Academy of Siences in Warsaw, and she become a v-ce director of Keimyung F.Chopin Academy  of Music in South Korea.

Since 2004, she is asked to participate in many international opera workshops, seminars, courses and festivals, like, Schlern Musik Festival in Italy, Masterclass at the Texas Christian University, Masterclass at the Catholic Universtity in Daegu, S.Korea, From Chopin to  Gorecki Festival at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Cleark Musik Festival, USA, Masterclasses, in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and Conservatorio in Padova. Recently she is professor at the Chopin Gorecki Festival at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa Iżykowska, was 4 year vice-rektor of F.Chopin University of Musik.

July 30 - August 1, 2018 Nathalie Doucet, Collaborative Pianist

Private Coachings for Singers

Canadian, Nathalie Doucet enjoys an international career as a collaborator and vocal and opera coach. Her years of experience have seen her career rapidly grow and have allowed for her to coach and play for many opera companies, young artist programs and universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. Living in Europe since 2009, she has quickly made a name for herself becoming one of The Netherlands’ top coaches. Doucet works for many companies in and around the Netherlands (De Nationale Reisopera, De Nederlandse Opera and Opera Spanga) and she is a coach at the Dutch National Opera Academy where she works with Masters students in opera as well as principal coach and repetieur for the Zaterdagmatinee which is a concert series presented at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for live braodcast on Radio 4, t’ha National classical radio station in The Netherlands. In the North America, Doucet held positions with many opera Companies and Music Schools including DesMoines Metro Opera (Music Director for Opera Iowa), Orlando Opera (Young Artist Program Director and Orlando Youth Opera Director, Rehearsal Pianist), University of Tennessee (Faculty Coach), Knoxville Opera Company(Principal Coach). She has been invited to be on faculty for many summer programs in Europe and Canada, among them: in Ontario, Canada, Summer Opera Lyric Theater and the Highlands Opera Studio, in Oberaudorf, Germany for Music Theater Bavaria and she continues to teach in Graz, Austria for the American Institute of Musical Studies, otherwise knows as AIMS, the Center for Opera Studies in Italy (C.O.S.I.) in Sulmona, Italy, all of them along side a very impressive Faculty of teachers and coaches. During her brief return to Canada from several years working and living in the United States in 2005, Doucet kept busy working for many companies in and around the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal such as: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Opera York, Queen of Puddings and Tapestry New Opera Works and has been on Faculty at York University as a piano instructor and collaborative pianist and also as a coach and collaborator at the  University of Toronto.

July 30 - August 3, 2018 Linda Watson, Dramatic Soprano

Master Class and Private Coachings for Singers

American soprano Linda Watson has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Nederlandse Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayreuther Festspiele and at the Metropolitan Opera, with leading conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Levine, Gergiev, Thielemann, Pappano, Gatti, Salonen and Nagano. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano in Aachen and in 1995 joined the Leipzig Opera.

She sang her first soprano role, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), in Essen and subsequently joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she also sang Leonore, Ortrud, Kundry, Feldmarschallin, Färberin, Ariadne and Elektra. In 2014 she was nominated for the Principal Soloist Grammy Award for her participation in Christian Thielemann’s Ring recording. Engagements this season include Ariadne and Turandot for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Die Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten) in Hamburg and Herodias (Salome) at the Wiener Staatsoper.

August 2, 2018 Lukas Beikircher, Conductor

Master Class for Singers with the AIMS Festival Orchestra

Lukas Beikircher studied piano and composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and completed his studies in conducting in Dresden. He assisted Sir Colin Davis and Hartmut Haenchen at the Nederlands Opera Amsterdam and was offered a composition commission from the Cologne Philharmonie. Beikircher began his professional career as a repetiteur at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and then became Principal Conductor of the International Operaproducties Holland where he conducted Ariadne auf Naxos, Nabucco, Rigoletto and Carmen. Following this he was engaged as 1st Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and from 2010 to 2012 Kapellmeister and assistant Music Director of the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. In addition he guested at the Oper Krakau (Norma) Theater Lodz (La traviata and Rigoletto), Opera Szeged (Ariadne auf Naxos), Oper Bonn (Adriana Lecouvreuer), Theater Chemnitz (Madam Butterfly), Theater St. Gallen (Magic Flute), and a new production of Ein Walzertraum at the Landestheater Innsbruck.

Lukas Beikircher has conducted concerts with the RSO Bratislava in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Laiezhalle in Hamburg, and with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonia in the “Glocke” Bremen, and the Munich Herkulesaal.

In 2013 he made his debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein conducting Rigoletto and since then he has been engaged as a Kapellmeister conducting Don Giovanni, La traviata. Flying Dutchman, Hänsel and Gretel, and Werther. Lukas Beikircher conducted the opening night of the 2015/2016 season in Düsseldorf with Arabella (Richard Strauss). Upcoming performances in the season are Flying Dutchman, The Ring in One Evening, Der Zwerg (Zemlinsky). Hänsel and Gretel, Werther and the World Premiere of the Snow Queen (Lange).

August 6, 2018 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 10, 2018 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.