Elena Schwarz - Les Milles endormis - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2019

2021 MENTORSHIP FOR WOMEN CONDUCTORS

June 24 2021 to July 7 2021
Workshop open to early-career women conductors preparing for a profession in opera

This Mentorship for Women Conductors is a new training programme for career development, and a veritable professional springboard.
The programme is intended to teach the young conductors new professional skills in singers and opera conducting and add an international dimension to their careers. It will be structured around an innovative educational content, and will include diverse and high-quality contributors (international artists, experts and professionals), the unique professional and artistic environment of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the active participation of strong European networks. Its purpose is to help make gender equality in the field of conducting a driving force to strengthen and promote a competitive, varied and thriving opera sector in Europe.

For over two weeks, the young conductors will benefit from the artistic, technical and professional experience and advice of great artists who have been invited to the Festival d’Aix. During the vocal residency, they will participate in master classes led by EDITH WIENS, with whom they can exchange views in order to hone their vocal skills. They will also receive advice from RAPHAËL PICHON on how to undertake a concert programme, and observe him as he works with young artists in the residency and with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble. Raphaël Pichon will also address all their practical and technical questions about working on musical scores. Moreover, the women conductors in the mentorship will have an opportunity to meet with conductors present at the 2021 edition of the Festival d’Aix and will also benefit from a coaching with the musical career development specialist CHRISTIANE LOUIS.

In addition, the Académie will be offering the participants the chance to conduct one of the great orchestras invited to the Festival this year, the BALTHASAR NEUMANN ENSEMBLE, during a rehearsal, while benefiting from advice and instruction from an experienced conductor, THOMAS HENGELBROCK.

MENTORS

Thomas Hengelbrock — Conductor
Edith Wiens — Vocal professor at the Juilliard School of Music & Artistic director at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Raphaël Pichon — Conductor
Christiane Louis — Instructor in artistic entrepreneurship at the Philharmonie de Paris

PARTICIPANTS

3 women conductors

DESCRIPTION

— Observing Edith Wiens’s master classes in advanced vocal training for young singers of the vocal residency
— Observing Raphaël Pichon’s preparatory work for the vocal residency’s final concert with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble
— Meeting and discussing with the artist-tutors of the vocal residency and the guest conductors directing operas for the 2021 edition of the Festival d’Aix
— Attending a master class on orchestra conducting with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, under the aegis of Thomas Hengelbrock

APPLICATION

Applications for mentorship must include the following components

— 1 or 2 video recording(s) of the applicant conducting an orchestra
— A video (in French or English), of a maximum of three minutes, expressing your desire to develop your operatic repertoire and detailing your interest in singing. If such a video is impossible, you may send a letter (a maximum of 2 pages) answering the same questions.

The selection committee for participants comprises Thomas Hengelbrock, the artistic director of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble; Christina Schonk, head of artistic management and planning for the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble ; Pauline Chaigne, deputy director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and of the Mediterranean programme of the Festival d’Aix; and Paul Briottet, deputy director of the Académie and of the concerts programme for the Festival d'Aix.

APPLY ONLINE

APPLICATION DEADLINE — December 10, 2020

 


APPLICATIONS FEES — €30

All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Application fees cannot be reimbursed.

 

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Master classes, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.

* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town / city of residence and Aix / Marseilles. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)

⇒ Do not hesitate to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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This workshop is part of enoa new programme (Empowering opera: breaking boundaries for institutions and artists) supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
enoa is a European network of opera academies gathering 12 partners including Europe’s most important operatic institutions. This network supports artists from the operatic sector – creative artists and performers – in developing their professional careers and aims to develop innnovative opera projects. In 10 years of existence, enoa has provided support to over 1,500 artists, has developed and launched European tours for 17 operatic productions, 12 of which were world premieres.
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