August 22 - September 1, 2017


Schloss Weikersheim

97990  Weikersheim



Hedwig Fassbender


Hedwig Fassbender, Frankfurt:
Voice Technique, Style of German Repertoire

Languages of Instruction: German, English, French and Italian
German mezzo-soprano Hedwig Fassbender has sustained an international career of over thirty years. Beginning her career with lyric mezzo roles, she is now frequently engaged as Kostelnicka in Jenufa, Herodias in Salome, Babuschka in Igrok... She has been heard in houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Wien, Mailand, Oslo, Lyon, Bordeaux, and many others. Some conductors with whom she has collaborated include Riccardo Chailly, Donald Runnicles, Armin Jordan, Kirill Petrenko, Adam Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski, Iván Fischer, Kazushi Ono, Karen Kamensek, and Sebastian Weigle. Stage directors: Harry Kupfer, Herbert Wernicke, Robert Carsen, Willy Decker, Laurent Pelly, Nicolas Brieger, Peter Stein, to name a few.

Since 1999, Hedwig Fassbender has lead a voice studio at the Conservatory of Musik and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. She has trained many promising young singers of the current generation. Such singers include Björn Bürger, Kateryna Kasper, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Katharina Magiera, Ruzan Mantashyan, Sofia Pavone, Maren Favela, Esther Dierkes, Jana Baumeister, Gurgen Baveyan, Stine Fischer... She has been invited to work with the Opera Studios in Paris, Zürich, Moscow, Hannover... Many singers hold her professional counsel in high esteem.


Fausto Nardi


Fausto Nardi, Florence:
Style of Mozart and the Baroque, Aria and Recitative Coaching

Languages of instruction: Italian, German, Spanish and English
Fausto Nardi studied in Florence, the city of his birth, and at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin. His concentrations included piano, conducting, and composition. He began his career with assistance engagements with Claudio Abbado with the Lucern Festival Orchestra, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and with Sebastian Weigle, Friedrich Haider and Marco Armilato. In the last few years, he has increasingly concentrated on the opera repertoire of the baroque and classical periods. He has conducted performances of works of Händel, Monteverdi and Gluck at South Carolina University, at the Lüneburger Heide Festival, in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, at the Händel Festival in Karlsruhe, and at the Weilburg Palace Festival. As a guest the theater in Dortmund, he has conducted Cavalli's Eliogabalo and Monteverdi's Poppea. In 2013, he conducted Wagner's Liebesverbot at the Peralada Festival in Barcelona.

Fausto Nardi has taught vocal coaching at the conservatories in Berlin (UdK) and Frankfurt am Main. Since 2015 he has held a position as vocal coach at the HMT in Hamburg.


Umberto Finazzi


Umberto Finazzi, Milano:
Style of Italian Belcanto

Languages of Instruction: Italian, English, French
Originally from Bergamo, Umberto Finazzi studied piano at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan and conducting with J. Kalmar. For many years, he has worked as a vocal coach, conductor and chorusmaster in all of the major theaters in Italy, while maintaining a career as a concert pianist and chamber music partner with instrumentalists and singers. He has been heard as a solo pianist and in many different chamber music constellations in his native Italy, as well as in France, Germany, England, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Holland, South Africa, Korea, China, Taiwan and in the USA. He has worked with Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Magda Olivero, Luis Alva, Luciana Serra, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, and Donato Renzetti, among others.

Umberto Finazzi is an instructor of voice repertoire at the Accademia di Perfezionamento per Cantanti Lirici of La Scala in Milan. ( and a professor of performance practice, theater repertoire, and conducting and concert technique for pianists at the Verdi Conservatory. As a renowned specialist in the belcanto style, he leads masterclasses of singers and pianists worldwide. He is the music director of Ticino Musica.


René Massis


René Massis, Paris:
Style of French Repertoire, Career Counsel

Languages of Instruction: French, Italian, German and English
Born in Lyon, French baritone René Massis studied voice in his hometown and in Milan. During his long career, he has sung on many of Europe's stages, including those in Paris, Rome, Geneva, Milan, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Strasburg, Florence, Palermo, Glyndeborne, and in Frankfurt. He concentrated on roles of the Italian and French Belcanto style. Such roles have included Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole, Albert in Werther, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Marcello in La Boheme, Posa in Don Carlo, Germont in La Traviata, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Ford in Falstaff, and the title role in Rigoletto. In addition to the leading baritone roles of Mozart's major operas, he has been heard as Wozzeck and Eugen Onegin. During his time as artistic director of the opera house in Lyon, he also acted as career advisor to the young singers of the ensemble and of the opera studio.

Since 2007, René Massis has lead an artist agency. In addition to providing his expertise in vocal repertoire, he offers career advice to young singers, and assists them in presenting a clear artistic profile.


Anette Berg


Anette Berg, Cologne:
Mental Training, Performance Training

Languages of Instruction: German, English
Anette Berg was born in Oldenburg. She has studied musicology, German studies, and philosophy. She has also studied voice for many years and plays cello and piano. After beginning her career as an assistant director, she was a dramaturge and production leader at the theater in Basel, leader of the artistic management office in Bonn, schedule manager in Pforzheim, and managing director at the state theater in Kassel. From 1998-2002, she worked as an opera director on stages in Cologne, and was then elected general director of the theater in Kiel. Her artistic collaborators have included Renate Ackermann, Frank Baumbauer, Ulrich Brecht, Günter Krämer, Albrecht Puhlmann, Annegret Ritzel, Wolf Sesemann, Werner Schroeter, Herbert Wernicke, among others.

In 2009, Anette Berg launched her renowned project "Kultur kompetent coachen" (Culturally Competent Coaching). In addition to coaching artists and management, she offers a professionalization seminar "Wege in den Beruf" (Paths to the Career) for voice students. She regularly works with the conservatories in Freiburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin and Stuttgart, as well as with the opera studio and orchestra academy of the Comic Opera in Berlin.


Susanne Hubrich


Susanne Hubrich, München:
Style of Concert- and Audition-Outfits

Languages of Instruction: German, English
The German costum-designer Susanne Hubrich was born in Düsseldorf and currently lives in Munic. Freelance since 1991 she works for Opera, Musical and Drama in Germany and abroad. Susanne Hubrich has created the costumes in productions staged by Beverly Blankenship, Matthias Davids, Stefan Huber, Helen Malkowski, Dominique Mentha, Dominik Neuner, Rolando Villazón and others.

Her career has led her to theatres like: Theater Linz, Wien (Volksoper / Vereinigte Bühnen), Saarbrücken, Nancy, Strasbourg, Nürnberg, Staatsoper Hannover, München (Staatsoper, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Prinzregententheater), Berlin (Komische Oper), Hamburg (Staatsoper), Luzern and London (Royal Opera House).

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