5th Monteverdi-Madrigal-Week 2023

S. Agnese - Gesuati, Venice  

Sunday, 16.7.2023 til Friday 21.7.2023

Choirs - Ensembles - Masterclass (Solo singing) - Basso Continuo (Cembalo)

Again in 2023 it will be possible to be part of this wonderful opportunity:

from July 16th to 21st 2023

The main emphasis will be on Monteverdis 5th Book of Madrigals and his contemporaries. The course will finish with a concert. 

The Monteverdi Madrigal Week is aimed at experienced (choir) singers and choral singers who would like to spend a week studying representative vocal works of Monteverdi and his contemporaries in the unique atmosphere of Venice.

'The week was simply wonderful! Great teachers, beautiful music, picturesque location ... couldn’t have been better. A great experience! I highly recommend this course to others!' (Katrin Koberling, Berlin)

Students should have basic sight-reading skills. The music/scores will be sent in advance, so students can prepare for the course.

There will be a final concert at the end of the course.

In addition to full choir, the course also consists of ensemble singing. The masterclass can be attended by professional singers.

Course fee 480 €, students 380€ - accommodation not included - it must be organized by the participants themselves.

'It was a wonderful week, and if everything works out, I’ll be back next year. What a great idea to sing Monteverdi’s music in the city where it was born. I was thrilled about your workshop.' (Dagmar Ziegner, Königswinter)

Location of the course:

Istituto Cavanis Venezia

Dorsoduro 898
Rio Terà Foscarini
30123 - Venezia


Hannes Fromhund (Krems, Austria) organsation, choir, Voice technique

Organ and Harpsichord studies at the Mozarteum and the University of Music in Vienna. Studies Choral and Ensemble conducting, course for breathing, voice and movement education. Voice technique at the CVI (Complete Vocal technique Institut) in Copenhagen.

Teaching activities at different courses. (Organ, Harpsichord, baroque chamber music, vocal formation and voice hygiene). Founder and director of the choirs 'Cantus Vivendi' (Langenlois, Austria), and the 'Childrens Choir Krems'

International concerts as a soloist and in ensembles. In recent years working as a voice technician in many cities of Austria and Germany (Vienna, Graz, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and many more)

Kathrine Brandt (Copenhagen, Denmark) ensemble, baroque singing

Kathrine Brandt studied baroque singing and early music performance at the 'Academy für Alte Musik Bremen' (Germany) with Harry von der Kamp.

After graduating in 1997 she continued a postgraduate student of early music at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano with Cristina Miatello, Roberto Gini and Pedro Memelsdorff.

She sings music from the late Middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque and also plays Viol. She has performed, both as a soloist and a member of various early music groups in Copenhagen, Milan, Utrecht, Vilnius and Vienna.

Reiner Schneider-Waterberg (Basel, Schwitzerland) Ensemble

Born in Namibia, graduated from Michaelhouse Boarding School, South Africa. Studies (economics, classical languages) in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Member of various award-winning vocal ensembles. First singing lessons with Virginia Oosthuizen and Gerda Hartmann. Studies (International Relations) in Cambridge, England. Member and soloist of the Trinity College Choir, tours abroad and CD recordings. Singing lessons with David Lowe. Studied singing as countertenor at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, with Monika Lenz. Performances as countertenor soloist in Western Europe, Russia, South Africa & Namibia, e.g. Handel Messiah, title role in Gluck Orfeo, Schumann Dichterliebe.

Studied singing (early music) with Evelyn Tubb at the Schola Cantorum, Basel, since 1998 as baritone. Additional vocal training with Markus Haas, Canto functionale, sit in on master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, Brigitte Fassbaender; participation in master class with Gundula Janowitz. 'Excellent diploma graduation' concert as baritone. 2003-2020 Member of the vocal ensemble Singer Pur. Concerts & workshops in 40 countries and three Echo-Klassik prizes. Leader of several workshops for vocal ensembles and open singing every year. Since 2018 co-director of the course MoMo (stage presence & communication) at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Vocal coach, singing teacher, choir director and freelance singer (Lied and vocal polyphony).

Michael Schneider (Vienna, Austria) Ensemble

Michael Schneider (*1990) comes from Salzburg, where he began his musical career at the Mozarteum with piano and voice and later continued (his academic training) at the MDW Vienna. There he completed IGP piano as well as orchestral and choral conducting and graduated with distinction in all studies.

He distinguishes himself not only as an outstanding choral conductor but also as a successful orchestral conductor. Concerts under his direction have been broadcast by Ö1 and ORF III, among others.

Thus, Michael Schneider took over concerts as a guest with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Gdansk Philharmonic Orchestra, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Baroque Orchestra, Bachchor Salzburg and the Vienna Singverein. In 2017, Michael Schneider was invited by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to rehearse the choruses for Beethoven's 9th Symphony on their China tour as assistant to Philippe Jordan.

He is the artistic director of the Ensemble Interpunkt, which he founded and with which he has celebrated great successes in a very short time, including at Wien Modern and the Vienna Musikverein under the direction of Ivor Bolton and the Tonkünstler, the Collegium Vocale Solisten Ensemble and director of the Chorus Viennensis, a male choir consisting of former Vienna Boys' Choir members.

Since 2020, Michael Schneider has held a teaching position for choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Lissandro Abadie (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Bass-Baritone, Masterclass


Hélène Colle (Schönberg, Austria) organisation

Languages: english, deutsch, français

Email: hc@resonances.eu

'It is a lot of fun to work with you on the madrigals! You are a great team and you transfer your enthusiasm to the group. The Madrigal Week is a great experience - a wonderful interplay of the unique atmosphere of Venice, the great music of Monteverdi and the good mood of the group during the rehearsals - and also outside the rehearsals.' (Britta Heiermann, Rommerskirchen)