Masterclass with Paolo Arrivabeni

Master Class – Orchestra Conducting
The Master Class is addressed to all musicians who have a degree in orchestra conducting as well as professional training and who wish to expand their opera repertoire by perfecting their technique. The Master Class is open to all directors, of all nationalities, and has no age limit.

– 12 working students will be admitted.
– Unlimited access for listen-in students.
– The languages spoken will be French, Italian and English.
– The duration is seven days, with one day of musical rehearsal at the piano, four days of lessons with the orchestra and the Choir of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and the soloists, a Dress Rehearsal and a closing Concert.

Maestro Arrivabeni will go into depth on the role of the conductor in lyrical repertoire; rehearsal management; orchestra availability; rapport with soloists, producer and members of the orchestra.

He will approach in detail score analysis, score execution, concentration techniques, concert rehearsals, time saving, orchestra psychology, musical rehearsals and stage orchestras, rhythm exercises, and gestural communication.

Verdi – Aida (Introduction, Celeste Aida, Duet Quale insolita gioia, Terzet Dessa, Chœur Alta cagion v’aduna, Roi)
Verdi – Nabucco (Ouverture, coro Gli arredi festivi)
Puccini – Tosca (I Act up to and including Recondita armonia)
Bizet – Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Introduction and I chorus)
Rossini – La Cenerentola (Ouverture and Air Alidoro Là del Ciel nell’arcano profondo)
Bizet – Carmen (Ouverture and chorus) Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Introduction and chorus)
Puccini – La Bohème (Che gelida manina; Si’, mi chiamano Mimi’; duet O soave fanciulla; Valzer Musetta Quando m’en vo)

All candidates must have studied the programme before the start of the Master Class and must also be in possession of all the scores.

Master Class timetable
24 August 2015 – Arrival and settling into hotel
Musical rehearsal at the piano (2 p.m.-5 p.m. / 7 p.m.-10 p.m.)
25 – 29 August – Reading and Stage Orchestra with the soloists and choirs (2 p.m.-5 p.m. / 7 p.m.-10 p.m.)
30 August – Gala Concert 4 p.m.

Selection, registration and fees for working student candidates
Candidates are asked to send their request to take part by e-mail (care of the Artistic Directorship assistant, Ms Veruska Reho – by 30 April 2015. The request must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a photograph, a conducting video on YouTube or via a private link, and proof of payment of €100 as administrative fees, transferred to the bank account of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Rue des Dominicains 1 – 4000 Liège; IBAN: BE05 2400 0663 2275 – BIC: GEBABEBB).

Definite acceptance onto the course as actual participants will be notified following a selection and evaluation of the video material by Maestro Paolo Arrivabeni and the General and Artistic Directorship of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie.

The selected participants will be announced on 15 May 2015 and registration will be effective following payment of the registration fee of €2,500 (transferred to the bank account of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Rue des Dominicains 1 – 4000, Liège; IBAN: BE05 2400 0663 2275 – BIC: GEBABEBB) by 5 June 2015.

Registration of listen-in student candidates
Those who wish to take part as listen-in students must send their candidature via e-mail (care of the Artistic Directorship assistant, Ms Veruska Reho – by June 2015, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a video and proof of payment of €600 as an admission fee (transferred to the bank account of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Rue des Dominicains 1 – 4000 Liège; IBAN: BE05 2400 0663 2275 – BIC: GEBABEBB).

Board and lodging
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie will take on the cost of the overnight stays with breakfast at the hotel for all working students. One meal per day will be organised in the Opera Foyer.

All participants will be entitled to one meal per day organised in the Opera Foyer.

Paolo Arrivabeni
Paolo Arrivabeni has been Musical Director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie since August 2008. Esteemed by audiences and critics alike, the Maestro also pursues an illustrious international career: Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Semperoper in Dresden, Opernhaus in Leipzig, in Zurich, Staatsoper in Vienna, in Munich, Maestranza in Seville, Théâtre Municipal in Marseilles, Opéra in Lausanne, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opéra National in Paris, Opéra in Monte-Carlo, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, San Carlo in Naples, Fenice in Venice, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Festival in Savonlinna (Finland), Festival in Macerata (Italy), Festival in Santa Fe (New Mexico). His extremely broad repertoire favours works by 19th century Italian composers but it does not overlook Wagner, Strauss and the symphonic repertoire. Most recently he has conducted, among others: La Favorite at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Traviata in Dresden, Lucrezia Borgia in Munich, Macbeth in Berlin, Dresden and Copenhagen. His projects have included: Il Turco in Italy and Lucrezia Borgia in Munich, La Bohème in Tokyo, La Straniera in Vienna, Don Giovanni in Monte-Carlo, La Rondine in Toulouse.

The Orchestra and Choirs of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie
The Orchestra and Choirs are of an extremely high standard and cut a brilliant figure in numerous repertoires. This mastery is appreciated by audiences and specialist press alike and by professionals from the opera world. Moreover, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie is regularly invited to perform abroad. Directorship of the Choirs has been entrusted for the past eight years to maestro Marcel Seminara. Musical directorship of the orchestra is entrusted to Maestro Paolo Arrivabeni.

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