Opera – Preparations to Become a Professional Singer – Audition Course

The Kapellsberg Opera Studio has long experience of preparing singers for colleges and universities of music and other institutions of higher learning – nationally, in the Swedish context, as well as internationally. We also have extensive experiences of coaching singers with completed programmes of higher education in singing to guide them into a life as professional singers. These experiences we now bring to a new course with the aim to optimise your opportunities to become a successful free-lancing professional singer.

Course Contents

At course start, each participant faces an audition situation with a professional guest jury giving her or him clear assessments and concrete feedback. In this guest jury are Anna Larsson, Catarina Gnosspelius and Lars Arvidson. Out of the assessments and the feedback from the jury, the teachers at the Kapellsberg Opera Studio plan an individual course of action, and this plan will then function as a basis for the continued work. The course concludes with an audition in front of the same jury that the course participants met at course start.       

Subjects

  • Singing technique
  • Singing repertoire with a pianist and a director
  • Techniques for audition
  • Master class
  • Individual language coaching
  • Formulating goals – topics to discuss in individual conversations with your teacher and in group discussions
      • Exercise routines
      • Finding a structure for the individual work with the help of different techniques and strategies
      • Formulating short-term and long-term goals
      • Mental coaching
      • Physical training – sleep, diet, exercise
  • Setting up your own business, entrepreneurship
  • Writing a professional CV
  • Making a professional recording
  • Producing an audition video with a professional film-maker and coaching from singing teacher, pianist and director

Teachers

Karin Bengtsdotter-Olsson, singing, singing teacher and piano teacher, educated at the Örebro College of Music. Further studies for Inger Hülphers, Torsten Föllinger, and others. Active as a singing and piano teacher since 1979, and at the Kapellsberg music programme since 1987. She is a concert the singer and soloist in a number of ensembles and in oratorios, and she has her own concerts.

Anna Hanning, singing, coloratura soprano, educated at the Piteå College of Music, the Göteborg College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. She is an opera and concert singer. On stage, she has made classical parts like Violetta, the Queen of the Night and Olympia, and the first performances of operas by Jan Sandström, Fredrik Högberg, and others. Anna Hanning has been a soloist in a great number of concerts, sacred and secular, and she has toured with various symphony orchestras, in Sweden and abroad.

Märit Bergvall, director, educated at the Stockholm College of Opera. She has directed some 60 productions of opera, musical and music theatre ‒ to list but a few: Falstaff at the Läckö Castle summer opera; Pajazzo for Estrad Norr, the Jämtland county organisation for music; The Girl and the Night for Scenkonst Västernorrland, the Västernorrland county organisation for music; La Gioconda and other productions for the Södertälje Opera; The Merry Widow for the Dala-Floda Opera Festival; Carmen for the Lyrical Society at the Gävle Gas Works. In addition, Märit bergvall is a librettist and the artistic director of Opera in Finnskogen, the summer opera in the Hälsingland Finn forest.

Since 2012, Märit Bergvall is affiliated with the Kapellsberg Opera Studio, as house director and teacher in the subject called Stage Language. 

Pia Giger, pianist and répétiteur, is a pianist and piano teacher, born in Switzerland, and she has studied at the Vienna Universität für Musik und dasrstellende Kunst for Professor Wolfgang Riedel and Professor Walter Fleischmann, with a special focus on accompaniment as well as choir/ensemble conducting. 

Her passion for chamber music in all its forms she cultivated during her music studies together with Andrea Bischof, chamber music, and Antoinette van Zabner, piano duo, and others. Her great interest in lied accompaniment was also aroused then, and she has studied that for Satoko Kato and Mattias Lademann.

Mathieu Hebeisen, film-maker and teacher in film production, educated at the Lycée de la communication in Metz, France. He has worked in Sweden for 13 years, and he has produced films in cooperation with Film Västernorrland ‒ the county organisation for film; Norrdans ‒the Ballet of Northern Sweden; Västernorrlands museum ‒ the county museum; Härnösands kommun ‒ the Härnösand municipality.

Mathieu Heibesen is the director of the film courses at the Härnösand Folk High School and at the Murberget Film Studio. Since 2014, he has filmed many of the opera productions at the Opera Studio, opera auditions, dance performances, and dance films. 

In addition to the teachers at the Kapellsberg Opera Studio, guest teachers may be invited to the programme in response to individual needs for development. 

Application and criteria

A completed programme of higher education in singing and/or experience from working as a singer is required.

Send your application to Helén Lundquist-Dahlén including an individual presentation and a sound or video recording.

Semester dates:
Autumn Semester 2020, August 31 – December 18
Spring Semester 2021, January 11 – March 26; April 19 – June 24

Last application date:
August 20, 2020

Service costs:
SEK 1,160 per semester

Planning, organisation:
Course days in common, Härnösand, Mondays and Tuesdays, September 7-8, October 19-20, and November 23-24. The spring term will be organised during the course days in October. Individual tuition between the course days in common is planned together with the individual teachers.