In the summers of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 we have organized a summer course in France in collaboration with the Académie de la Roche d’Hys. Fourteen singers participated in two groups and a team of distinguished teachers worked with them. Among the teachers were conductors Marco Boehmi (La Scala Milan , Wigmore Hall London), Ivan Törzs (Vlaamse Opera, Hungary State Opera, Hawaii Opera) and Niels Muus ( Macerata Arena, Head of Opera Vienna Music Conservatory) , impresarios Maria Mot (Intermusica London UK), Winfried Hofinger (Tennigkeit Agency Düsseldorf), William Guerri (Vice-President Columbia Artists Management, New York), Oliver Kretschmer (TACT International Art Management) and impresario Philippe Greneche (Paris). Also several Intendants from German Theaters have been faculty member, among them Berthold Schneider, designated Intendant Opera Wuppertal .
Jeannette Aster (Académie) and Hans Nieuwenhuis (Orfeo) were the artistic directors as well as the main teachers.
Three smaller workshops were organized in November 2012 Toronto (together with our Canadian partner JAL), in December 2012 in Basel (with the Hochschule für Musik) and in January 2013 ( with Orfeo Singer baritone Anas Seguin from Paris). For the participants of the Toronto Workshop and some singers of the Basel workshop Hans Nieuwenhuis organized a range of auditions in Germany, Austria and France.
During the Marmande International Vocal Competition in August 2012 the first Orfeo Prize was awarded to a young French baritone Anas Seguin (22). Hans Nieuwenhuis was a jury member during this competition and selected the first Orfeo-Singer that we will support in the coming years.
In the past years Orfeo Director Hans Nieuwenhuis has advised and coached more then 50 singers in Holland, Canada, France, the US and Japan and organized audition tours and presentations for them. The first results are already achieved: A few examples – Ukrainian baritone Iurii Samoilov is currently engaged by the Frankfurt Opera and will appear this summer as Masetto for the Salzburg Festspiele,. Japanese countertenor Daichi Fujiki became a finalist in the Vienna Belvedere Competition and appeared in two important roles for the Opera Company of Bologna. He recently sang with the Wiener Staatsoper.
A small seminar was organized on November 7 & 8, 2013 in Montreal, Canada in collaboration with Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique de Canada, a Program from Theatre Lyrichoregra20 of Mr. Alain Nonat. This small conference was attended by several opera directors and casting directors from France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Slovakia and the Netherlands. Also several artistic Directors of important European Opera Studio’s did participate (Munich & Strassbourg)