Opera Studio

from left to right: Thomas Faulkner, Gurgen Baveyan, Jessica Strong, Nora Friedrichs, Katharina Ruckgaber, Michael Porter - Photo: Wolfgang Runkel
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.

The reason why it is so important to have an Opera Studio has been proved once again: tenor Michael Porter joins Oper Frankfurt's Ensemble in 2015/16 – the ninth singer to do so since the Studio was founded in 2008. Former members of the studio return as guests this season: Nora Friedrichs in new productions of Le cantatrici villane and Das schlaue Füchslein/The Cunning Little Vixen and a revival of Hänsel und Gretel and Maria Pantiukhova for a new production of Stiffelio and revivals of Kornrgold's Die tote Stadt/The Dead City and Die Walküre. Katharina Ruckgaber, Jessica Strong, Gurgen Baveyan and Thomas Faulkner, in their second year, will be joined by the Greek soprano Danae Kontora, Canadian mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson, Korean tenor Ingyu Hwang and German baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer.

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.


Danae Kontora, soprano
Katharina Ruckgaber soprano
Jessica Strong, soprano
Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano
Ingyu Hwang tenor
Gurgen Baveyan, baritone
Ludwig Mittelhammer, baritone
Thomas Faulkner, bass-baritone

Sebastian Weigle, Bernd Loebe General Management
Juri Masurok Coach
Thomas Stollberger Organisation
email: opernstudio@buehnen-frankfurt.de

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 Frankfurt Patronatsverein (Patrons) - Sektion Oper

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Concerts by the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
Sunday 24.03.2013 11:00 h
Main auditorium Alte Oper

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sunday 24.03.2013 19:00 h
Opera House

next new production:

Michail Iwanowitsch Glinka
Sunday 25.10.2015 18:00 h
Opera House


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