3rd International Music Festival


Hohenpriessnitz, Germany

Due to the measurements taken by the German government, The 3rd International Music Festival "Schlossfestspiele" will be postponed. The health of our students and employees is the most important and that is why we accept this measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

We are currently working on offering live lessons online with our professors! Stay tuned for more substantial news very soon!


Prof. Elizabeth Vidal, Prof. Martin Bruns, Prof. Mauro Trombetta with Taurida State Symphony Orchestra

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Masterclass dedicated to live vocal performances with Taurida State Symphony Orchestra

This unique masterclass offers young singers a top-level training for different scenes and arias from different repertoires (Italian, French, German), in a single week with internationally renown specialists in each style. You get to perform your best arias with Taurida State Symphony Orchestra in a public concert.

The concert program will illustrate all the repertoire, giving to the public of the festival a very attractive and large operatic panorama and discovering the voices of the future!

Our international team of vocal couches :

Italian Repertoire : Prof. Mauro Trombetta, ex-intendant Verona Arena and Rome Opera, vocal consultant specialist for Verdi and Puccini
German repertoire: Martin Bruns, director of Hanz Eisler vocal department in Berlin Hochschule
French repertoire : Elizabeth Vidal and André Cognet, vocal consultant for french repertoire in Bolshoi Theater, artistic director of Mediterranean Lyric Center, teachers in Nice Conservatoire and International summer academy of Nice
Among the public of the opera concerts, some agents and artistic directors will be seating, transforming the event in a real professional challenge for the singers.


Elizabeth Vidal

Elizabeth Vidal, undoubtedly one of the highest voices in the world, made her debut at the age of 23 on the stage of the Aix en Provence Festival alongside Jessye Norman in Ariadne auf Naxos, before consolidating her experience with John Eliot Gardiner in the troupe of the Lyon Opera.

Since the 1990s she has been invited to the world's leading stages, Spoleto, Covent Garden, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Santiago in Chile, the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall, Toronto, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, La Fenice in Venice, the Lincoln Centre in New York, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Arena of Verona in such virtuoso roles as Olympia (Les Contes d'Hqffman), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Queen of the Night, Euridice (Orphee aux Enfers - a DVD recording released in 2003), the Princess in L'Enfant et les Sortileges and Lakme, In 2000, after her great success in the role of Gilda alongside Leo Nucci's Rigoletto, she was the first Frenchwoman to be declared Best Coloratura Soprano by a jury of eminent Italian critics presided over by Giorgio Gualerzi, thus following in the footsteps of June Anderson (1990) and Sumi Jo (1995).

More than fifty television broadcasts (Le Monde est a vous, Musiques au coeur. Mezzo I'info, Arte, Victoires de la Musique) and one recent film of Carmina Burana for TF1 (2006) have made her one of the most popular French artists of her generation.

In addition to her recordings with Erato {L'Enfant et les Sortileges conducted by Armin Jordan and Scylla et Glaucis with John Eliot Gardiner), Decca (Thais, with Renee Fleming), Auvidis (L'Enfant et les Sortileges with Alain Lombard and a recital Romances et Chants d'oiseaux), Chant du Monde (Manon by Auber): EMI (Carmen with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu), she regularly collaborates with Forlane for her recitals or, in a more specialised repertory with Opera Rara (Cendrillon la Fee, 2002; Ginevra di Scozia, the title role recorded live at Trieste Opera, 2003, and two recitals of songs by Meyerbeer and Ricci to be released in 2004/05).

In 2006, she received international recognition for her interpretation of the queen of the night in a recording with Sir Charles Mackerras (Chandos) and in three other productions (Athens, Rome an d Reggio di Torino).

She was also acclaimed as Countess Adele of Le Comte Ory in the staging of Jerôme Savary at opera Royal of Wallonie under Alberto Zedda.This season, she has performed in two productions of the Abduction from the Seraglio in Torino and Cagliari, conducted by Guschlbauer. She also met tremendous success in Tokyo Seoul and the Paris Chatelet, where she gave recitals of acrobatic coloratura arias.Her two latest recordings have just been published by OPERA RARA: Offenbach unknown gems with Jennifer Larmore and La Serenata, a collection of bubbling French and Italian songs. Both have been granted excellent reviews.

Mauro Trombetta

Mauro Trombetta studied voice, composition and conducting at the Conservatory of Turin. His career as a baritone led him to perform in many European countries, as well as in the former Soviet Union. In 1978, he took up the direction of the Schola Cantorum San Gregorio Magno di Tracate (Novara) choir, with which he appeared at important festivals and with prestigious orchestras. In 1983, he was appointed Director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, then Director of the Artistic Committee of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. During the same period, he also acted as consultant for the Venice Biennale. Trombetta was then nominated Artistic Director of the Teatro Coccia de Novare’s opera season, then twice Artistic Director of the Arena di Verona. He then successively became production and programme manager of the Teatro Bellini de Catania and artistic Consultant, then artistic Director of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. He is now delegate artistic Counsellor of the Montecarlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mauro Trombetta is also deeply involved in educational activities. He taught for many years at Reggio Emilia and gives masterclasses around the world. He has served as jury member for many international competitions.

Martin Bruns

Having received his basic musical training at an early age in the boys choir of his hometown Basle, Switzerland, Martin Bruns went on to study violin at the Basle Musikhochschule, became a member of the Berne Symphony Orchestra for a few seasons, and then studied voice in Fribourg, Zurich and, as a student of Daniel E. Ferro, at the Juilliard School in New York. Other important teachers were Irwin Gage, Martin Isepp, Albert Fuller, Ernst Häfliger, Arleen Augér, Phyllis Curtin and Mary Morrison in masterclasses and at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Siena, Banff and Tanglewood. After winning the New York State Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the Joy in Singing Award, his career began at the Wiesbaden Opera in leading roles like e.g. Papageno, Guglielmo, Figaro (Barbiere), Donner (Rheingold) and Silvio. Guest appearances have also taken him since to the opera houses of Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Berne and Munich (Bavarian State Opera).

His versatility is displayed through his vast repertory spanning from Monteverdi and Bach to Mozart, Mahler and Schönberg on to contemporary music. This has led to the collaboration with conductors such as Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Eric Ericson, Yoav Talmi, Heinz Holliger, Peter Ruzicka, Gerard Schwarz, Avi Ostrowsky, Oleg Caetani and Jonathan Nott.

Martin Bruns has been a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and overseas, e.g. the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio in Munich, the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the New York Chamber Symphony and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra. In the field of early music he has also sung with the Ensemble of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Academy for Early Music Berlin. Yet he feels equally at home in contemporary music as show his appearances e.g. with Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg and Ensemble Contrechamps Geneva as well as numerous first and premiere performances of works by composers such as Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Earl Kim, John Musto and Frangiz Ali-Zadeh, including the world premiere of Paul Engel’s cycle "Getäuscht hat sich der Albatros" together with the Vienna Piano Trio in Munich.

A sought-after recitalist, he has appeared at major concert halls and festivals in, among others, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Bonn, Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Salzburg, New York, Seattle, San Diego and Ottawa. Frequent partners are pianists Jan Philip Schulze, Christoph Hammer (fortepiano), Ulrich Eisenlohr and Stephane Lemelin. Besides the core romantic repertoire, Martin Bruns places particular interest in performing lesser-known works of the 20th century, e.g. by Ferruccio Busoni, Ignace Strasfogel or David Diamond.

Together with pianist Kolja Lessing he recorded Strasfogel’s “Dear Men and Women” for Decca as well as a CD of songs and chamber music by Philipp Jarnach on the Divox label. His recording of Schubert/Schiller songs with Ulrich Eisenlohr for Naxos prompted Opera News to write: "Bruns and Eisenlohr are hardly household names, but maybe they should be." On the same label he released the first recording of Ferruccio Busoni’s songs, also with pianist Ulrich Eisenlohr. Most recently, a CD (“In der Frühlingsmondnacht”) with Romantic songs for voice and fortepiano (Christoph Hammer) was released on the “Ars Produktion” label.

A longstanding artistic relationship connects him with Swedish guitarist Mats Bergström, with whom he arranged and published Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” for baritone and guitar (Gehrmans Musikförlag, Stockholm).

Martin Bruns also enjoys musicological research: in celebration of the 700th anniversary of Francesco Petrarca in 2004 he published the first ever overview of the musical settings on Petrarch’s poetry from the 15th to the 21st century, edited two compilations of songs on poems by the Italian Renaissance poet (Editio Bärenreiter & Classical Vocal Reprints, New York), and founded the “Festival Petrarca Musicale” near Augsburg, Germany.

Highlights of recent seasons were the premiere performances of Antonin Dvorak’s cycle “Cypresses” in the rediscovered original version for voice and piano in Ludwigshafen and Ljubljana, the world-wide broadcast of his recital “Fliegt, ihr meiner Jugend Träume” at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn by the European Broadcasting Union, a US tour with his new recital program "Hafiz in the West", a double-bill production of Carl Orff’s “Die Kluge” and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “The Telephone” in Basel, and the performance of Othmar Schoeck’s “Notturno” together with the Sonos String Quartet. He also appeared e.g. in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra and Choir of the Fundacion Gulbenkian in Lisbon, in Mendelssohn’s “Paulus” at the Tonhalle in Zurich.
In 2011 he can e.g. be heard at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in a recital program honouring Franz Liszt's 200th anniversary.

As a teacher, Mr. Bruns has served on the vocal faculty of the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland, and, every summer since 1995, at the "Daniel Ferro Vocal Program" in Greve in Chianti (Italy).

Recently, he was appointed professor of voice at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne/Aachen. He also holds a position of visiting professor of voice at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

André Cognet

Le baryton André Cognet naît et grandit à Marseille. Il commence ses études vocales au conservatoire, où il est admis à 14 ans. A 23 ans, il est engagé par Bernard Lefort pour intégrer l'école de chant de l'Opéra de Paris.

Ses premiers rôles le conduisent sur les scènes parisiennes. Ainsi chante-t-il Pluton dans l'Orphée de Monteverdi au Théâtre National de Chaillot. Il incarne par la suite Escamillo (Carmen) dans la production de Peter Brook (La Tragédie de Carmen) au Théâtre des Bouffes-du-Nord de Paris, rôle qu'il reprendra une quarantaine de fois. À la même période, il travaille le répertoire mozartien en Figaro dans Les Noces de Figaro et en Orateur dans La Flûte enchantée à Paris et en région. Parallèlement à cela, il interprète à la Comédie française les parties chantées du Bourgeois Gentilhomme de Lully.

En 1995, le baryton fait ses débuts à l'étranger. Après avoir doublé Samuel Ramel dans Les Contes d'Hoffmann d'Offenbach à Covent Garden, il est Zuniga (Carmen) aux côtés de José Carreras à Birmingham et à Munich. En 1996, il interprète Chuong-Sin dans L'Epouse injustement soupçonnée de Valérie Stephan, créé au Théâtre des Abbesses à l'occasion de son ouverture. Deux ans plus tard, le baryton chante le rôle-titre d'Hamlet d'Ambroise Thomas à Karlsruhe, puis Nilakantha dans Lakmé de Delibes et Ezio dans Attila de Verdi. Sa prestation du rôle de Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles) à l'Opera North est remarquée, de telle sorte que le baryton apparaît en première page du Times. En 1998, c'est La Fenice de Venise qui lui ouvre ses portes en lui proposant le rôle titre d'Il ré todoro a Venezia de Giovanni Paisiello puis celui d'Albert dans Werther de Massenet. La même année, le baryton retravaille ce dernier rôle à Tel Aviv. Par la suite, il est Hérode dans L'Enfance du Christ de Berlioz à Madrid.

Après avoir chanté Escamillo aux côtés de José Carreras aux Arènes de Vérone, André Cognet interprète à nouveau ce rôle en 2001 au Théâtre San Carlo de Naples. Dans le même temps, il prend le rôle de Lescaut (Manon) à Tel Aviv. Par la suite, il fait ses débuts en Méphistophélès dans Faust de Gounod à Miami. L'année suivante, le baryton retravaille le rôle d'Escamillo à Marseille dans Carmen mis en scène par Patrice Caurier et Moshe Leiser, puis il chante Capulet dans Roméo et Juliette de Gounod au Grand Florida Opera de Miami. En 2006, il se consacre à une série d'enregistrements, notamment d'airs à succès pour TF1 (Hamlet, Escamillo, Rigoletto, Comte des Noces de Figaro) et des œuvres méconnues d'Offenbach à Londres pour la maison Opera Rara. L'année suivante, il retravaille le rôle d'Albert dans Werther à Nice, où il rencontre un certain succès. Entre 2008 et 2010, le baryton chante Capulet au Concertgebouw d'Amsterdam, puis aux Nuits Blanches de Saint-Petersbourg. Dernièrement, le baryton interprète Swallow dans Peter Grimes de Britten à Nice en 2015 et puis se produit lors de récitals et de festivals à Paris et en région.



3 lessons

Passive listener - 200 €
Day pass - 50 €


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Included in price:

3 Individual lessons with vocal couches of your choice (open to the public)
1 orchestral rehearsal
An accompanist
Public performance with symphony orchestra


Accommodation is offered by Schloss Hohenpriessnitz for 29 € (hostel-type double room) and 49 € (hotel-type single room with private bathroom). There’s a shared kitchen available for use.

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