Master Classes

For a singer, master classes provide an opportunity to sing for and receive feedback from distinguished professional singers and coaches. For the general public, observing a master class offers a rare glimpse into the private world of artistic development and vocal coaching. Come watch (and listen!) as our extraordinary guest faculty work with selected SummerFest singers to develop their vocal artistry.  

Master Class with Marianne Cornetti

Tuesday 10 July, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Kountz Black Box Theater

cornettimarianneMarianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 2005 she sang her first Wagner role appearing as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and continued her excursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In the autumn of 2006 she made another significant role debut, appearing as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Opera de La Wallonie. Her verismo heroines include the Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rosa in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana, which she sang to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York. 

In September of 2009 Marianne Cornetti made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Eboli in Don Carlos. She debuted at the Hamburg State Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and sang her first performances of Abigaille in Nabucco at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She returned to the Teatro Comunale in Florence in Adrianna Lecouvreur, and returned to Royal Opera for Amneris in Aida. Among Ms Cornetti’s future projects are her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Azucena in Il trovatore, her return to the Teatro alla Scala as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and Don Carlos in Bilbao. 

Tickets to observe the master class are $10 for adults/$5 for students.


Master Class with Jane Eaglen

Thursday 12 July, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: Richard E. Rauh Theater

eaglenjaneWith a reputation as one of the leading sopranos in the modern era, Jane Eaglen has enjoyed unique success with opera’s greatest composers: Bellini, Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner. Notably, her interpretations of Wagner have led fans and critics alike to proclaim her a worthy successor to Leider, Flagstad, Traubel and Nilsson. Critics have hailed Ms. Eaglen as “an Isolde with irresistible vocal passion rarely heard since the days of Nilsson,” and  On the other end of the spectrum, for a 2010 opera premiere, “The best singing comes… when the great soprano Jane Eaglen sings… her hymn with impressive musicality and a calm yet commanding stage presence. For that shining, breathtaking moment, she reminds you why we love opera.”

Whether Donna Anna, Norma, Turandot, Ariadne, Isolde, or the three Brünnhildes, Eaglen has gone on to perform these roles – and many others – to critical acclaim with the world’s leading opera houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, l’Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and the Wiener Staatsoper.

Tickets to observe the master class are $10 for adults/$5 for students.