January 1-9, 2017 Hidden Valley Music Seminars hiddenvalleymusic.org Carmel Valley, California Selected singers and collaborative pianists with a particular interest in art song will be chosen for an exclusive week-long, tuition-free intensive performing workshop in song and opera at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in beautiful Carmel Valley, California.
VIENNA IN THE VALLEY
"Vienna, at one time the indisputable capital of the musical world, stands at the centre of the history of art song and opera. The SongFest Winter Intensive program at Hidden Valley will concentrate on composers who lived and worked in this astonishing city. The only one born in Vienna was Franz Schubert. His two great Wilhelm Müller cycles Die schöne Müllerinand Winterreise, will be taught and discussed by two great British doyens of art song, the baritone Sir Thomas Allen and pianist and musicologist Graham Johnson (Schubert's songs composed for women's voices will also be studied). Almost all of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's great operas were first performed in Vienna, and the composer lived and died there. Gustav Mahler was the most famous of musical directors of the Wienerstaatsoper, and Richard Strauss (whose most famous opera, Der Rosenkavalier, is set in "alt Wien") had a home in Vienna for many years. Brahms spent most of his life composing in Vienna. The distinguished mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and celebrated pianist Craig Rutenberg will coach the lieder of Mahler, Brahms and Strauss and be joined by Stewart Robertson, former musical director of Glimmerglass Opera, coaching Mozart arias. The experience of intensively working on this repertoire in this very special and beautiful part of California will bring young musicians closer to the spirit of a city that has given the world of music so much inspiration." ~ Graham Johnson OBE