Announcement of scholarships
Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Academy 2020
As part of the Confidencen Opera & Music Festival, the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen and artistic director Olof Boman have instituted an academy for young singers who want to develop their skills in the style of the Baroque. In its first year, four singers will get the chance to work practically with music from the Baroque repertoire with internationally renowned coaches and with musicians from the Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Orchestra. The course will culminate in a concert performance of Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri where the singers will get to express their artistry in arias, duets and ensembles. The singers will be coached during musical rehearsals by tenor Anders J. Dahlin and organist and musical director Johan Hansson Lindström.
The participants will also join the cast of a staged performance of Henry Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia – Ode to St. Cecilia from 1692 that will be performed in the Confidencen theatre under the musical direction of Olof Boman and choreographed by Sara Ekman.
Apart from the musical training and performances, the singers of the academy will be trained in artistic entrepreneurship in seminars with invited experts. In a series of meetings during the spring, the singers will be guided through the Baroque repertoire, on how to put together a concert programme and how to market it to an audience.
In instituting an academy for young singers, The Confidencen Opera & Music Festival wants to make use of the knowledge and experience in Baroque music that gathers at Confidencen during the summer festival. By letting young singers work theoretically and practically with experienced artists and experts, the Confidencen aims to contribute to the development and regrowth in the genre and to encourage a new generation to discover the artistic potential and possibilities in the music of this period. Through coaching in entrepreneurial skills, the artists acquire tools to influence their own careers and means of expression and thereby the Swedish and international music scenes.
The accepted applicants are each given a grant of SEK 15 000.
Place: Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
Dates: 28/7-9/8 2020 and meetings during the spring of 2020
Olof Boman, conductor and artistic director
Anders J. Dahlin, tenor
Johan Hansson Lindström, organist
The Academy seeks two sopranos, one mezzo-soprano/alto and one baritone/bass.
The applicants must have at least started musical training on a university level and be born 1990 or later.
Applications must include a statement describing why the applicant should be accepted to the academy. Attached should be a CV and two sound files containing one aria from the Baroque era and one aria of the applicant’s choice.
Applications are accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 29, 2020.
Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Academy is supported by the Anders Wall Foundation.