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5 days

12 singers

course open to 2 repetiteurs


Course  Leaders : Laurent Pillot, John Norris, Alex Grigorev 

day 1

Individual coaching   with Laurent Pillot - 30 min

Individual coaching   with John Norris - 30 min


day 2

Individual coaching   with Laurent Pillot - 30 min

Individual coaching   with John Norris - 30 min

Detailed advice on how to optimise your performance at audition - 1 hr


day 3

Individual coaching   with Laurent Pillot - 30 min

Individual coaching   with John Norris - 30 min


day 4 

An opportunity to audition for Alex Grigorev

Individual coaching     with Laurent Pillot - 20 min

General career advice from Alex Grigorev - 1hr

Individual coaching     with John Norris - 20 min

Private question and answer session

with Alex Grigorev - 20 min


day 5

Private question and answer session

with Laurent Pillot - 20 min

Public Concert for all course participants


All coaching sessions are accompanied either by the professional repetiteur or by one of the trainee repetiteurs who benefit from individual advice from Laurent Pillot


All sessions apart from the private sessions are open to the other participants

Advice on travel and accommodation can be provided on request


The French conductor, Laurent Pillot, has worked all his professional life with singers.


He has worked with major international artists at the Opéra de Lyon and Los Angeles Opera giving him an understanding of international standards.


He also has strong experience working with people at the start of their professional careers.


Three one-hour television documentaries followed his work at the Bavarian State Opera where he founded the Opera Studio.


Many of those he has worked with are now pursuing careers in major opera houses.

Laurent Pillot > LEADERSHIP

Alex Grigorev

Alex Grigorev began professional life as a singer having completed his training at the Opera Studio Amsterdam.


After a period as a company member in Theater Darmstadt, Germany, he performed internationally with companies such as De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Liceu Barcelona, La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra National de Lyon and the Châtelet Paris.


He has more than a decade’s experience in international artist management.


Based in Berlin he represents some 30 international artists the majority of whom are singers.


He is ideally placed to understand the career development of singers as well as the requirements of the opera profession.


John Norris has developed his own method to teach how to connect the voice and the body and has assisted many artists.


Originally from the United States of America, he originally trained actors in movement and dance, subsequently applying the knowledge gained to singers.


As a director he has created more than 60 productions in the USA, Europe and Asia.


Based in Berlin, he is a regular coach at the Opera Studios of the Bavarian State Opera and the Berliner Staatsoper unter den Linden.


His affiliation to the European Opera Centre goes back a decade. Many recipients have described his practical guidance as invaluable.

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