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Falstaff and associated Masterclass Programme 


The European Opera Centre's Masterclass Programme 8-27 November 2017 with performances of Falstaff on 24 and 26 November and recitals on 16 and 27 November


Laurent Pillot will devote his time exclusively to those on the Masterclass programme


As well as extensive experience as a conductor, Laurent Pillot was the founding Director of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera (Munich). He has been associated with the European Opera Centre since 2003 and remains in contact will some key figures in the opera world internationally

During the three-week masterclass programme, Laurent Pillot will focus on the following:

  • Textual and musical interpretation of your chosen repertoire


  • How to present yourself as well as possible at audition, both physically and through the choice of the best repertoire for you. Topics covered will include general presentation - from which photograph to select to how to enter the audition room


  • Singers will be given the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learnt through practical demonstration – they will be invited to enter a notional audition room, perform an aria, answer some key questions and make a strong exit. Laurent Pillot will then advise on positive and negative points, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments


Singers benefiting from this programme in the past have found this aspect of the course valuable in attending auditions or entering competitions  Read more

Singers selected for the programme will be coached each day by Laurent Pillot on their own repertoire up until the start of Falstaff stage rehearsals on Saturday 18 November, with additional coaching thereafter between stage rehearsals for Falstaff 


In addition, you will take part in one (or possibly two) recitals at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and at the Capstone Theatre based on your repertoire


The singers of the masterclass programme will perform the limited chorus writing in Falstaff taking a full part in the staging alongside Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic


You will conducted by Vasily Petrenko, directed by Amy Lane

Musical preparation for Falstaff will be led by Daniela Candillari and Vasily Petrenko, who will both work with the Vocal Ensemble

Stagecraft will be addressed by the production director, Amy Lane. Ms Lane is Head Staff Director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden


The total experience will be an important addition to your biography. It will also enable a complete evaluation of your own strengths and weaknesses as an artist to be made - guided by Laurent Pillot

Some singers from earlier European Opera Centre masterclass programmes, have subsequently been invited to take part in the Centre’s performing and recording projects. Amy Lane has also offered European Opera Centre singers opportunities in other projects


The charge for this whole programme is €795. Travel, accommodation and any visa costs are to be paid by the programme participant


Singers wishing to be selected should send the following by email:

A completed application form

An up-to-date biography and photograph

An audio or video recording

(If there are recent excerpts from your performances available on the Internet, you simply need to list these in your application)


We will be in touch as soon as we can                                                                                                                               

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