Opera Workshop with Prof. Paternostro

Opera Workshop with Prof. Paternostro

IMB Proudly Presents:
25th International Masterclass for Orchestral Conductors in Berlin:



Prof. Roberto Paternostro (Vienna)
Berlin Sinfonietta
Soloists TBA
W. A. Mozart
February 13th – 18th 2017

We are happy to collaborate again for the second  time  after a two years pause with one of the world most distinguished concerts and opera conductors, Prof. Roberto Paternostro.
For this Opera Workshop, Prof. Paternostro chose to Overtures, Recitatives, Arias and Duets from Mozart’s three great operas, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan tutte, together with his monumental Symphony No. 36 in C Major KV 425 (Linz).  It is a unique opportunity to work closely with Prof. Paternostro and learn from his vast experience as an opera conductor. 10258317_10203815679182154_5659748471875198413_o

Besides intensive active conducting sessions with a professional orchestra, each one of the participants will have the chance to work with Prof. Paternostro on critical aspects of opera conducting with strong focus on the work with voices and the preparation of the singers as well as the specific technical aspects of opera accompaniment. Be prepared for an intense week of coaching sessions with the three singers, score studying and musical analysis, as well as conducting technique. Like always we will hold four orchestra rehearsals (4 hours long each) with the professional musicians of the Berlin Sinfonietta.

All the participants will have the chance to perform in the final, public concert.

All of the conductors will receive a professional recording of the final concert with high sound quality and HD video.

The course will be taught primarily in English and secondarily in German, though Prof. Paternostrospeaks fluently several languages.
All the sessions with the orchestra will be video recorded, and each participant will receive his or her videos on a 16 GB USB stick, which they may keep and take home with them.  Participants are welcome to bring their own recording device885376_417955268299206_2010965845_o

The selection of these pieces are a great challenge even for experienced conductors and orchestras. Working in details with Maestro Paternostro on the musical and technical
issues during the orchestra rehearsals, and the preparations for the final concert, will contribute a lot for the conducting and rehearsing skills of the participants of this masterclass.


Maestro Paternostro, born and raised in Vienna, Austria, will share with the masterclass participants his view on the tradition and the style of the performance of the Viennese Classic from the technical and the musical aspects. It is a great and rare opportunity to study closely from a conductor of such degree, and to see “how it should be done” artistically and technically.


For this masterclass we are happy to be invited11059323_10154103720193492_2415654882352211017_nto hold the masterclass week including the final concert in the very intimate St. Lukas Church, in the center of Berlin, (Bernburger Str. 3-5, 10963). The church has great atmosphere and its regular concert visitors. We are thankful that the masterclass’ final concert was inserted to the church’s concert season programs, and expecting many audiences.
(image: Berlin Sinfonietta and IMB Kammerchor performing Mozart – Requiem in front the full St. Lukas Church.)

You are more than welcome to apply here.


W. A. Mozart

Overtures, Arias, Recitatives and Duets from:

Cosi fan tutte :

Nr.4 Duetto Fiordiligi/ Dorabella
Nr. 14 Rezitativ und Arie Fiordiligi
Nr.25 Rezitativ und Arie

Le nozze di Figaro:

Nr.18: Rezitativ und Arie Graf
Nr. 17: Duettino Graf, Susanna
Nr. 20: Rezitativ und Arie Gräfin

Don Giovanni

Nr. 4 Arie Leporello
Nr. 7 Duettino Don Giovanni und Zerlina

Symphony No. 36 in c Major  KV 425 <Linz>


Participants are expected to prepare all the repertoire pieces


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