Oper Frankfurt’s aim when the Opera Studio opened in 2008/09 was to help young singers embarking on a career by actively supporting them, providing professional teachers to help them hone their skills and, possibly, building a long term relationship with some of these highly qualified young artists.
This important project has already borne fruit: Elizabeth Reiter has become the sixth singer (from the 19 who have worked at the Studio since it came into being) to join Oper Frankfurt's Ensemble. Other Alumni have returned as guests, including the tenor Francisco Brito who enjoyed great success with the role of Giannetto in a new production of The Thieving Magpie last season and Maren Favela, who returns this winter for Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Nora Friedrichs (soprano), Maria Pantiukhova (mezzo-soprano) and Michael Porter (tenor), in their second year in the Opera Studio, are joined this season by the German soprano Katharina Ruckgaber, from Munich, the Canadian soprano Jessica Strong, the Armenian baritone Baveyan Gurgen and British bass baritone Thomas Faulkner.
They take part in regular masterclasses held by internationally renowned artists and are cast in small, and sometimes not so small roles in productions. All the singers have said that they learn most from taking part in performances.
Come and follow the artistic development of these artists on stage and in their series of concerts - »Opera Studio Soirées« - in the Holz Foyer.
MEMBERS OF THE OPERA STUDIO 2014/15
Nora Friedrichs soprano
Maria Pantiukhova mezzo-soprano
Katharina Ruckgaber soprano
Jessica Strong soprano
Thomas Faulkner bass baritone
Baveyan Gurgen baritone
Michael Porter tenor
Sebastian Weigle, Bernd Loebe General Management
Juri Masurok Coach
In Sun Suh Music Coach
Thomas Stollberger Organisation
Information about how to apply to join the Studio can be found here.
This project has been made possible by generous support from the Deutsche Bank Stiftung, the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main and the Frankfurter Patronatsverein - Sektion Oper
- Welcome to the 2014/15 season
- Season Calendar
- New Productions 2014/2015
- Revivals 2014/2015
- Recitals 2014/2015
- Concerts 2014/2015
- NOW! Opera for you / Events for children and young people 2014/2015
- Special Events 2014/2015
- Tickets, services on offer and other useful information
- DVD of our Ring des Nibelungen
- Series of Live Recordings made at Oper Frankfurt
- How to Find Us
- Cast Changes
- Press Releases