Internationale Meistersinger Akademie

The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie 2017 is all done! It was a wonderful month of learning and performing. There were several concerts: two opera galas (one with the Nürnberger Symphoniker orchestra), a Liederabend song recital, an outdoor concert, a concert in a museum, a studio recording session, and a cabaret concert to finish.

Rossini’s Largo al Factotum with the Nürnberger Symphoniker orchestra.
Photo credit: Franz Janka, IMA 2017 Neumarkt

Schubert’s Der Zwerg with Sophia Munoz, piano.
Photo credit: Siegfried Mandel, IMA 2017 Neumarkt

In the cabaret concert, I even got to showcase some tap dancing! (I learned for five years during high school, but have never had the chance to use it in my professional career until now…)

I’m singing in the rain! From the Cabaret concert, with Craig Terry on piano, and all the other IMA singers.
Photo credit: Franz Janka, IMA 2017 Neumarkt

We had coachings and lessons from so many incredibly skilled and knowledgeable people, including Brigitte Fassbaender, Malcolm Martineau, John Fisher, Pierre Vallet, Tobias Truniger, Marcelo Ameral, and of course the head of the course, expert teacher Edith Wiens. I learned so much during the month I spent there – it was a life-changing experience.

There were also auditions for over thirty industry professionals across the two panels, including casting directors, company managers, and agents from across Europe and beyond. It was a unique opportunity for us singers to be heard by so many people at once.

An ensemble from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, with fellow singers Bozidar Smiljanic and Alex Rosen.
Photo credit: Siegfried Mandel, IMA 2017 Neumarkt

Thy Glorious Deeds from Handel’s Samson.
Photo credit: Siegfried Mandel, IMA 2017 Neumarkt

All of the concerts were filmed, so I have some exciting new videos to share! Check them out below, or on my audio and video page.


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Top left: Rossini – Largo al factotum (with Nürnberger Symphoniker)
Top right: Schubert – Der Zwerg
Bottom left: Handel – Thy Glorious Deeds
Bottom right: Singin’ in the Rain

Audio: Duparc – Phidylé
Pianist on all tracks: Sophia Munoz