Academia Vocalis 2024


18. - 23. August 2024

Univ.-Prof. Christoph Prégardien - Singing - Cologne University of Music
Christoph Schnackertz - Accompanist

Target group: Professional singers, vocal students with a professional level

Content: Singing technique in individual lessons, musical interpretation incl. accompaniment, individual coaching concert repertoire song, language coaching song.

Course repertoire: The course repertoire is freely selectable in the genre of opera, song and oratorio. Depending on requirements, concert and song cycles as well as concert programs corresponding to the vocal subject can be worked on. Please agree the course repertoire with the course leader in advance.

Application until 8.8.2024

Meeting: S18.8.2024, 11.00 am, Music School Wörgl


23. August 2023, 8.00 pm
Location to be announced

General information

Participation & Costs

A participation in the masterclass can be either active oder passive. The course leader - referent decides on active or passive participation after the audition on the first day of course. An early commitment to active participation can also be made after proper registration with the Academia Vocalis until 8th of August 2024, after submission of a recording or submission of a recording link. For active participation in the master class Opera, Lied & Oratorio € 400,-- will be charged. The number of participants in active status is limited to a maximum of 15 per course.

Language of instruction:


Masterclass certificate:

All participants will be ceremoniously presented a course certificate for successful participation of the masterclass, a certification supplement with a Transcript of Records and including an ECTS certification in the final concert.

Lesson notes: glued in triple version

Christoph Pregardien ThumbChristoph Prégardien, tenor

Christoph Prégardien's clear and precise vocal technique as well as his intelligent interpretation and diction, coupled with his ability to get to the psychological core of a role, make him one of the most important lyric tenors of our time. His work as a lieder singer is particularly appreciated. He can be heard regularly in concerts and recitals around the world, most recently at Wigmore Hall in London, the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and in New York, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland. The 2019/20 season includes performances in the USA and Hong Kong as well as recitals in London, Madrid, Zurich and Stockholm.

Christoph Prégardien can also be heard frequently with the major orchestras. He has performed with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others, and has worked with conductors such as Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe and Nagano. His operatic roles include Tamino, Almaviva, Don Ottavio and Idomeneo.

Since the international success of his conducting debut in 2012 with the Ensemble Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Christoph Prégardien has also appeared regularly as a conductor, most recently conducting the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2019.

His discography now includes over 150 recordings on various labels, many of which have won prizes such as the Edison Award or the Diapason d'or. The Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch with Julius Drake received the 2016 German Record Critics' Award.

Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien's musical life. In addition to his concert appearances, he is a professor at the Cologne University of Music and gives masterclasses worldwide.

Christoph Schnackerts 2020 ThumbChristoph Schnakertz

Born in 1984, he received his first piano lessons from Clovis Alessandri and studied in Cologne with Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Prof. Jürgen Glauss (lied accompaniment). Since 2005, he has also received important inspiration as a permanent accompanist in Prof. Christoph Prégardien's singing class.

He was a scholarship holder of "Yehudi Menuhin LiveMusicNow Köln e.V." from 2007 to 2010 and is a prize winner of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition in Berlin (accompanist prize 2011). Since October 2011, Christoph Schnackertz has held a teaching position for Lied interpretation at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. His repertoire spans all the great song cycles of the Romantic period, as well as songs by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Wolfgang Rihm, for example, and he works with singers of all voice types. His work is documented in numerous recordings by the major radio stations.

He has formed a permanent duo with Julian Prégardien since 2012. Their joint concert activities have taken them to Zurich, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, among other places. In May 2014, the duo's debut CD - "An die Geliebte" - was released on the Myrios Classics label in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk. In the near future, the two musicians have been invited to give recitals at venues including the new Blaibacher Konzerthaus (Bavarian Forest), the Konzerthaus Wien and the Schubertiade Hohenems.

The artistic collaboration with Christoph Prégardien is also becoming increasingly close. In recent years, they have performed together at venues including Wigmore Hall London (BBC Recital), the Schwetzingen Festival and the Tonhalle Zurich. In the 2014/2015 season, Christoph Schnackertz will accompany a staged production of Schubert's "Die schöne Müllerin" at the "Theater am Engelsgarten", Wuppertal's new Schauspielhaus.



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