August 24 - September 3, 2019


Schloss Weikersheim

97990  Weikersheim



Hedwig Fassbender


Hedwig Fassbender, Frankfurt:
Voice Technique, Style of German Repertoire

German, English, French and Italian
German mezzo-soprano Hedwig Fassbender has sustained an international career of over thirty years. Beginning her career with lyric mezzo roles, she is now frequently engaged as Kostelnicka in Jenufa, Herodias in Salome, Babuschka in Igrok... She has been heard in houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Wien, Mailand, München, Monte Carlo, Oslo, Lyon, Bordeaux, and many others. Some conductors with whom she has collaborated include Riccardo Chailly, Donald Runnicles, Armin Jordan, Kirill Petrenko, Adam Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski, Iván Fischer, Kazushi Ono, Karen Kamensek, and Sebastian Weigle. Stage directors: Harry Kupfer, Herbert Wernicke, Robert Carsen, Willy Decker, Laurent Pelly, Nicolas Brieger, Peter Stein, Keith Warner, Richard Brunel...

From 1999 - 2017, Hedwig Fassbender lead a voice studio at the Conservatory of Musik and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. She has trained many promising young singers of the current generation. Such singers include Björn Bürger, Ruzan Mantashyan, Kateryna Kasper, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Katharina Magiera, Ruzan Mantashyan, Sofia Pavone, Maren Favela, Esther Dierkes, Jana Baumeister, Gurgen Baveyan, Stine Fischer... She has been invited to work with the Opera Studios in Paris, Zürich, Moscow, Frankfurt, Hannover, Warsow... Many singers hold her professional counsel in high esteem.

Fausto Nardi


Fausto Nardi, Florence:
Style of Mozart and the Baroque, Aria and Recitative Coaching

Languages of instruction: Italian, German, Spanish and English
Fausto Nardi studied in Florence, the city of his birth, and at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin. His concentrations included piano, conducting, and composition. He began his career with assistance engagements with Claudio Abbado with the Lucern Festival Orchestra, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and with Sebastian Weigle, Friedrich Haider and Marco Armilato. In the last few years, he has increasingly concentrated on the opera repertoire of the baroque and classical periods. He has conducted performances of works of Händel, Monteverdi and Gluck at South Carolina University, at the Lüneburger Heide Festival, in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, at the Händel Festival in Karlsruhe, and at the Weilburg Palace Festival. As a guest the theater in Dortmund, he has conducted Cavalli's Eliogabalo and Monteverdi's Poppea. In 2013, he conducted Wagner's Liebesverbot at the Peralada Festival in Barcelona.

Fausto Nardi has taught vocal coaching at the conservatories in Berlin (UdK) and Frankfurt am Main. Since 2015 he has held a position as vocal coach at the HMT in Hamburg.

Enrico Maria Cacciari


Enrico Maria Cacciari, Zürich:

Languages of Instruction: Italian, German and English
Enrico Maria Cacciari studied Piano, Cembalo and Organ at the Conservatories in Modena, Bologna and Milan and chamber music in Fiesole. His teachers were Dario De Rosa and Maureen Jones. As pianist, cembalist and chamber musician he has appeared in many chamber music formations and orchestras, among which the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. 1997 he started as vocal coach at the Scala in Milan, since 2000 hes has held the same position at Opernhaus Zürich.

As a guest he has been invited to many renowned musical institutions, like the Rossini Festival Pesaro, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Teatro Teal Madid, the Edimburgh Fetival, cleveland Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival and the Festival Lucerne. He collaborates with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Enrique Mazzola, Franz Welser-Möst, Nello Santi und Marcello Viotti. In recitals he has accompanied singers like Barbara Frittoli, Elena Mosuc, Javier Camarena, Massimo Cavaletti, Carlo Colambara and José Cura.

René Massis


René Massis, Paris:
Style of French Repertoire, Career Counsel

Languages of Instruction: French, Italian, German and English
Born in Lyon, French baritone René Massis studied voice in his hometown and in Milan. During his long career, he has sung on many of Europe's stages, including those in Paris, Rome, Geneva, Milan, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Strasburg, Florence, Palermo, Glyndeborne, and in Frankfurt. He concentrated on roles of the Italian and French Belcanto style. Such roles have included Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole, Albert in Werther, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Marcello in La Boheme, Posa in Don Carlo, Germont in La Traviata, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Ford in Falstaff, and the title role in Rigoletto. In addition to the leading baritone roles of Mozart's major operas, he has been heard as Wozzeck and Eugen Onegin. During his time as artistic director of the opera house in Lyon, he also acted as career advisor to the young singers of the ensemble and of the opera studio.

Since 2007, René Massis has lead an artist agency. In addition to providing his expertise in vocal repertoire, he offers career advice to young singers, and assists them in presenting a clear artistic profile.

Anette Berg


Anette Berg, Cologne:
Mental Training, Performance Training

Languages of Instruction: German, English
Anette Berg was born in Oldenburg. She has studied musicology, German studies, and philosophy. She has also studied voice for many years and plays cello and piano. After beginning her career as an assistant director, she was a dramaturge and production leader at the theater in Basel, leader of the artistic management office in Bonn, schedule manager in Pforzheim, and managing director at the state theater in Kassel. From 1998-2002, she worked as an opera director on stages in Cologne, and was then elected general director of the theater in Kiel. Her artistic collaborators have included Renate Ackermann, Frank Baumbauer, Ulrich Brecht, Günter Krämer, Albrecht Puhlmann, Annegret Ritzel, Wolf Sesemann, Werner Schroeter, Herbert Wernicke, among others.

In 2009, Anette Berg launched her renowned project "Kultur kompetent coachen" (Culturally Competent Coaching). In addition to coaching artists and management, she offers a professionalization seminar "Wege in den Beruf" (Paths to the Career) for voice students. She regularly works with the conservatories in Freiburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin and Stuttgart, as well as with the opera studio and orchestra academy of the Comic Opera in Berlin.

Rebecca Meitlis


Rebecca Meitlis, London:

English, French
When Rebecca Meitlis completed her training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner she decided to focus her practice on performers, building on her professional experience in Opera and Creative Learning. As well as giving classes and individual sessions to the general public, she is a visiting professor at the Polish National Opera’s Opera Academy in the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, has given classes at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and The Royal Northern College of Music, workshops for The National Opera Studio, London and with the chorus at Opera National de Bordeaux. She has facilitated a summer course for British Youth Opera with Sally Burgess with whom she is developing a programme called The Creative Singer, through a research project at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her career in opera began when she was awarded an Arts Council England bursary to train as a director with Scottish Opera. In 1984, she became a staff director at English National Opera. Over the following years she worked on many productions and directed several acclaimed revivals. At ENO, she co-founded and co-directed the learning and participation department, the Baylis Programme. Since leaving ENO she has worked in a freelance capacity for many arts and education organisations including Youth Music, Creative Partnerships and The Britten Pears Foundation. Rebecca has published an article about her work with singers from the Warsaw Opera Academy in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training titled Connecting through the breath towards expressive communication in performance; an enquiry into the training of Opera singers.

Amélie Sator


Amélie Sator, Köln:
Style of Concert- and Audition-Outfits

Languages of Instruction: German, English and French
Amélie Sator, born in 1979, has been working as a freelance costume designer since 2008. From 2000-2004 she completed her studies in fashion design in Trier and Paris. From 2005 to 2008, the native of Stuttgart was costume assistant for opera and drama in Cologne. During this time she created her first own works, i.a. the Costumes of the Children's Opera The Puss in Boots. This was followed by costumes for Theater Heidelberg, Opera National de Lorraine, Opera de Montpellier, Frankfurt Opera and several projects for the independent dance and theater scene in Bonn.

Amélie Sator lives with her husband and their three children in Reichshof.

Beate Bauer


Beate Bauer, Frankfurt:
Make-Up Artist

Languages: German, English

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