2019 vocal residency
Every summer, the Académie du Festival d’Aix offers an advanced vocal programme for singers and piano accompanists, based on the Mozartian repertoire – for which the Festival d’Aix has been famous since it began – but also on lieder, French melody and contemporary creation.
This residency aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique and provide artists with career development tools, a real springboard on the way to their future as performers. Revelling in the incredible sense of emulation that reigns at the heart of the Festival, everyone will be given an introduction to outreach and self-promotion, an essential aspect for any artist at the start of their career. Pride of place will also be given to pianists, who will take an advanced course for piano accompanists and rehearsal coaches with experienced musicians.
The Canadian soprano Edith Wiens has been chosen to lead this vocal residency for 2019. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. Vocal coaches pianists Emmanuel Olivier and Marcelo Amaral will work with the pianists participating in the residence. Mark Withers, a specialist in outreach projects, along with Christiane Louis, a specialist in career development for musicians, will give these young artists the tools they need to develop their career.
A unique concert featuring the participants and Pygmalion, conducted by Raphaël Pichon, will round off the residency, during the opening weekend of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2019.
Edith Wiens — Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music & Artistic director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Raphaël Pichon — Conductor & Musical director of Pygmalion
Emmanuel Olivier — Vocal coach pianist
Marcelo Amaral — Vocal coach pianist
Mark Withers — Artistic and education projects coordinator at the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery & for the outreach skills workshops of the Académie du Festival d'Aix
Christiane Louis — Instructor in artistic entrepreneurship at the Philharmonie de Paris
• Master class in vocal development by Edith Wiens
• Work on outreach in order to be able to sensitise publics to listening music by Mark Withers
• Work on 3 concert programmes, including one with orchestra
For the last concert of the residency, the singers will be accompanied by Pygmalion under the direction of Raphaël Pichon.
Some work sessions (held in English) may be open to the public.
The residency will give rise to public concerts and events in June and in July, in Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area. Educational meetings will be organised in conjunction with the Festival’s Passerelles services.
Turiya Haudenhuyse (Belgium/India) — Soprano
Marie Perbost (France) — Soprano
Julie Roset (France) — Soprano
Adèle Charvet France) — Mezzo-soprano
Brenda Poupard (France) — Mezzo-soprano
Eric Ferring (United States) — Tenor
Charles Sy (Canada) — Tenor
Yuriy Hadzetskyy (Ukraine) — Baritone
Nicolai Elsberg (Denmark) — Bass
Alex Rosen (United States) — Bass
Félix Ramos (France) — Piano
Yuna Saito (Japan) — Piano