The next Festival Academy will take place from March 31 to April 12, 2014, and the application (for both singers and accompanists) was due by Nov. 10, 2013. Learn more on the website of the Heidelberg Lied Academy. Information is available in both German and English.
About the Heidelberg Lied Academy:
April 2013 marked the third annual Heidelberg Lied Academy, part of the already well-established Heidelberger Frühling Festival. Under the artistic direction of Thomas Hampson, and with the contribution of such prominent artists – and fellow song enthusiasts – as Barbara Bonney, Christian Gerhaher, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff and Wolfram Rieger, the Academy transforms the German city for 12-days into an international meeting point for the Lied (classic song). No city could make a more appropriate home for the Academy than Heidelberg, a place that epitomizes German Romanticism, the era that produced the greatest flowering of the art form.
Ranging well beyond the confines of the traditional master class, the Academy’s aim is to give young singers a variety of tools for well-informed text-based song interpretation. The credo of the Lied Academy, reflective of Hampson’s passionate belief in the uniquely expressive power of song, is that singers should tell stories, for only then can they really reach today’s audiences. Thus, in addition to attending daily classes, the selected visiting fellows attend an array of workshops and lectures on the interpretation of poetry and the mysterious ways it is set to music.
Full scholarships, covering course fees, as well as all travel, board, and lodging expenses incurred, are available for outstanding young singers and accompanists. The application deadline for 2014 will be in November 2013. Stay tuned to this website and to the website of the Heidelberg Lied Academy.
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News from the 2013 Heidelberg Lied Academy:
Radio Interview from April 3, 2013: Bariton Thomas Hampson im Gespräch mit Bernhard Neuhoff (BR-Klassik)
Newspaper Article from April 9, 2013: “Die Stimme bilden heißt immer auch die Seele bilden” (Rhein-Neckar Zeitung)
The Live Stream classes took place on:
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3-6pm CEST (9am-12pm EST)
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3-6pm CEST (9am-12pm EST)
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10am-1pm and 3-6 CEST (4-7am and 9am-12pm EST)
as well as a concert with the participants on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4pm
These events were broadcasted live for free via the Live Stream website, thanks to the support of the Hampsong Foundation. To respect the students, the videos will not be permanently archived for public access.
Stay tuned for the next Hampsong Foundation Live Stream broadcast.
The model, idealistically speaking, is Tanglewood – the kind of American festival campus atmosphere with educational events and performances. It’s an oasis of a two week seminar for young singers who need to regroup and gather together everything they need to get at the heart of what songs are all about. Why are they written? Why are songs cultural identifiers, regardless of the culture or epoch they come from? This informing process enlivens the technical process. I do the bulk of the teaching, but Thomas Quasthoff is splitting the duties with me this year. Lieder professor, and one of my long-time collaborators, pianist Wolfram Rieger, will be teaching during the second week of the Academy as well. We also have a series of lectures by some of the most important German literature experts who know about music history as well. My friend Jens Malte Fischer, well known in America for his Mahler biography, heads the lectures series, which we work on together. It’s all very exciting stuff – and lots of fun. This is a passion of mine and it is very important to me. ~ Thomas Hampson
Quereinstieg in Lied & Akademie
Interview with Thomas Hampson from February 4, 2013:
Video about the 2013 Lied Academy Auditions:
View more videos on the YouTube Channel of the Heidelberg Festival!
Above: Introduction to a documentary about the 2011 Heidelberg Lied Academy
Photos from Heidelberg:
Purposeful singing is what concerns most composers most of their lives. Purposeful singing to me signifies that a composer has come into possession of musical materials of related orders of experience; given these, the composer’s problem then is to shape them coherently so that they are intelligible in themselves, and hence, communicable to an audience. — Aaron Copland, Music and Imagination