The vocal and artistic level of participants is high, and range from professionals working in the industry to talented and devoted student level singers.
The vocal work is influenced by the philosophy of the great Italian voice teacher, Giovanni Battista Lamperti ("Vocal Wisdom"), and melds an understanding of vocal, physical and acoustic principles with the emotional, intellectual and spiritual responses to music, poetry and drama of the individual artist.
A typical day starts with group body awareness, alignment, breathing technique and centering in the morning followed by the masterclass with Neil Semer, work with reknowned coaches Margaret Singer and Sharolyn Kimmorley and acting coach Ylva Kihlberg.
Rehearsals for the 4 public performances are held in the evening, and consist of repertoire suitable for each singers, voice, temperament, taste and stage of development.
An auditions training workshop is held each week. Industry professionals are invited to hear participants of the workshop (generally agents, conductors or casting representatives).
Some evenings are devoted to watching videos of great historical singers and to discussing their technique and artistry.
Ylva Kihlberg will be teaching acting for singers with a method she developed during 25 years of working on stage as an opera singer herself. The method is thorough, demanding but playful, and has its roots in Stanislavski technique.
She will start each day with group improvisations, work with text analysis on pieces of your own choosing, and continue this in your private sessions. You will achieve great confidence in your performance and have a strong, deep understanding of your role/character.