6th Monteverdi-Madrigal-Week 2024

Masterclass - Registration

S. Agnese - Gesuati, Venice  

Sunday, 21st til Friday 26th July 2024 

The Masterclass is aimed at professional singers or students who want to work for a week with an experienced, internationally renowned singer and improve their vocal performance and their technique.

There are only limited places available for the Masterclass. For the participation an application with a sound recording is necessary. (Please add 'Masterclass' when you indicate your voice in the registration!) The sound recording must be sent as a mp3-file to hannesfromhund@gmx.at or, if necessary, a link for downloading the mp3-file (eg https://wetransfer.com/)

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


(*) = required,

    Please transfer the course fee to the account:

    Mag. Johann Fromhund


    IBAN: AT30 4715 0403 8642 0000

    'Monteverdi Week Masterclass 2024'

    Once the fee transfer has been registered, your place on the course is secured.

    Cancellation policy:

    until 31.5.2024 a full refund (-10% handling fee)

    until 7.7.2024 a 50% refund, after that no refund (if possible find a substitute participant)

    'It was a wonderful week, and if it works, I'll be back next year. What a nice idea to play Monteverdi's music in 'her birth city'. I already told you that I am enthusiastic about your workshop.' (Dagmar Ziegner, Königswinter)

    Masterclass Teachers

    Emma Kirkby (London, UK) Soprano, Masterclass

    Soprano Emma Kirkby is a British early music specialist who has sung on over 100 recordings with prominent performers such as the Taverner Players, the Consort of Musicke, Academy of Ancient Music, London Baroque, Fretwork, The Purcell Quartet, L’Orfeo of Linz and Freiburger Barockorchester.

    She taught for many years at Dartington International Summer School in the UK, and remains busy each year at specialist summer academies, in Germany, Austria, Italy and the USA. She also gives regular classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

    Emma was fortunate to encounter Renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, and to continue with that when she joined the Schola Cantorum at Oxford, where she studied Classics; but best of all, she encountered there period instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, - the lute, harpsichord, wind and strings, whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response. As a schoolteacher and amateur singer she was soon invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups, and long partnerships followed both in Britain and abroad, with ensembles, individual players and record companies, so that Emma’s voice and style are now recognised worldwide.

    Among her many recordings, for Decca’s Oiseau-Lyre, Hyperion, EMI, Chandos and BIS, are:

    Hildegarde of Bingen - Sequences

    Tromboncino - frottole

    William Byrd - Consort songs

    John Dowland and John Danyel - songs

    Robert Jones and Robert Johnson - songs

    Sigismondo D’India – arias duets and madrigali

    Heinrich Schütz – madrigali

    Jacques de Wert - madrigali

    Monteverdi – duets, solos and madrigali

    Monteverdi – Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

    Henry Lawes – songs and dialogues

    John Blow – Songs and dialogues

    Henry Purcell- Songs, Odes and theatre pieces

    Henry Purcell – Dido and Aeneas

    Couperin and DeLalande - Leçons de Ténèbres

    Various composers- Songs for Mrs. Arne

    Vivaldi - Opera arias and motets

    Handel – opera arias, cantatas and motets

    Handel - “Messiah”

    JS Bach - H-Moll Messe

    JS Bach - cantatas

    JS Bach - MatthaeusPassion

    Montéclair - Cantates

    Mozart – “Requiem”, motets and concert arias

    Haydn - “Creation”

    Haydn - Canzonets

    Amy Beach - songs

    It has always been a joy for Emma to visit Italy; she has tender memories of regular concerts in San Maurizio, Milano, in the 1980s, of workshops in Coccaglio in the ‘90s, and since then in Friuli, Cremona, Bari, Roma, Bevagna, Trevi and most recently Firenze and Urbino It is exciting to see young Italian singers finding their own relationship with such marvellous repertoire, and recreating the vocal glories of the 16th and 17th centuries; yes, opera was born there, but in the early years its heart was in chamber music and the exquisite subtleties of vocal ensemble, developed by consummate artists who attracted the best composers then living.

    Emma was made a Dame in 2007, and awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2011, the REMA Early Music Award in 2018, in recognition of her career as an artist and mentor to young early music performers, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by “Gramophone” magazine in 2019. Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies for a way of music-making that values ensemble, eloquence and stillness more than sheer volume or mere display. Above all, she is delighted to see a new generation of singers and players bringing their skills and enthusiasm to the enterprise. (Photo: Miguel Barreto)

    Bernhard Reichel (Germ/Aut) Lute, Continuo Masterclass

    Bernhard Reichel's musical repertoire ranges from 1550 to 1850 and includes instruments such as the Renaissance and Baroque lute, the theorbo, the arcilio and the Baroque and Romantic guitar. He is particularly interested in the music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, researching not only the historical practice of interpretation, but also the connections to the visual arts, literature and philosophy of this epoch.

    As director of the ensemble "Musica getutscht", he is particularly dedicated to music from 1500 to 1650 and regularly collaborates with renowned artists such as Emma Kirkby, Hana Blažíková, Dominik Wörner and Marc Mauillon.

    As a soloist and chamber musician, Bernhard Reichel has performed on renowned stages in Europe and Asia, including the "Beethovenfest Bonn", the "Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci", the "Styriarte Graz" and the "Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht", the "Residenzwoche München", the Telemannfestspiele in Magdeburg and the Händel-Haus in Halle. He has worked with renowned ensembles such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Dresdner Kammerchor, the Bielefelder Philharmoniker, the Ensemble Reflektor, the Ensemble Schirokko and Cantus Thuringia. Opera productions have taken him to the Hanover State Opera and the Kiel State Theatre, for example.

    His lute playing has been documented on numerous radio, TV and CD recordings, including for ORF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, MDR and NDR, as well as on labels such as CPO, Audite and CovielloClassics. He has taught at the University of the Arts Bremen and the Folkshögskola in Framnäs/Sweden.

    '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)