August, 12th – August, 20th 2020

Vocal & techniqual advisory: MARIA KNOLL
Staging/Performance: WOLFGANG BERRY
Accompaniment: JONATHAN WARE


August, 12th 2020, 2.00 PM
Location: Hotel Panorama Royal, Bad Häring (Karte / Map

Course fee: € 450,- (Non-participants 50% - € 225,-- for masterclass passive participation)
Registration until August, 2nd 2020

Final concert:
August, 20th 2020
Start: 8.00 PM
Location: Hotel Panorama Royal, Bad Häring (Karte / Map)

Target group:
This masterclass of KS Prof. Dr. hc Christa Ludwig addresses to advanced singers, singing students at art universities and conservatories as well as accompanying coaching for young professionals (repertoire choice) as well as to professional singers who are in preparation for concerts and opera performances or auditions.

Master's course:

This master class does not only deal with the musical-dramatic examination of a role/aria (interpretation and development of vocal colors, design in musical and textual content) but also with the interpretation and stage presence in particular. The participants have the opportunity to present their skills in a representative final concert under professional conditions.
We ask you to be prepared for this masterclass.

Wolfgang Berry supports the participants in "Performance & Staging" especially with regard to the final concert on August 20, 2020. "Smile, you are on stage"! But you do not necessarily have to be on stage, because no matter where, you present yourself - you are in the center! Your voice (tone, pronunciation, sentence melody) as well as your body language (posture, position of the arms, foot position etc) together make up their audible and visible presence.


With some training in connection with the language technique you will not need a second chance and you present yourself at its best. You do not have to smile all the time ...

In addition, there is the possibility of a technical consultation and support by Maria Knoll.

In this holistic master class, individual and individual repetitions with Jonathan Ware and KS Prof. Dr. hc Christa Ludwig, as well as "Performance & Staging" lessons with Wolfgang Berry and lessons/coaching in voice technique & voice training with Maria Knoll (selectable).

Repertoire: Freely selectable from the genre Oper, German Lied & Classical Operette;

Language of instruction: German/English/French;

Teaching notes: glued and in a threefold version;

KS Prof. Christa Ludwig said goodbye on 9th August 1993 to the Salzburg Festival which, next to Vienna and New York, had been the most important venue in her long career. he looks back on a 50-year stage career and her reputation still shines like a star on any young singer who tries in her wide-ranging repertoire. Whether Marschallin or the unloved, because so unfeminine trousers roles of a Cherubino or Octavian, whether Kundry, Brangäne, Waltraute, Fricka, Venus, Clytämnestra or Dyer - the seductively sensual and at the same time abysmal dimension of the feminine with all their enthralling musical moments to live on stage was always supreme discipline for Christa Ludwig. She is considered one of the most important and most distinguished female singers of the 20th century.

In Salzburg she had been singing since 1955 the great alto and mezzo roles in operas and oratorios and had given a series of Lieder evenings. She celebrated her debut as an 18-year-old in Frankfurt and then via Darmstadt and Hannover she made her way in 1955 to the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In 1959 she made her first appearance at the New York Met and enjoyed tremendous success there as Färberin in Strauss' "The Woman without a Shadow". "The conductors who had a decisive influence on me", she says, "were Böhm, Karajan and Bernstein".

In 1959, Ludwig debuted in the USA/Chicago as Dorabella "Cosi fan tutte" and in the same year in the Metropolitan Opera/NY as Cherubino "Le Nozze di Figaro" and became the favorite oft he audience. Her regular repertoire included the Marshallin in „Der Rosenkavalier", Klytemnestra in „Elektra", Ortrud in „Lohengrin", Brangäne in „Tristan und Isolde", Fricka in „Rheingold" and Die Walküre, Waltraute in „Götterdämmerung", Kundry in"Parsifal", the title role in "Fidelio", Charlotte in"Werther"and Amneris in"Aida". In 1969 she sang the Amneris in "Aida" at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. When Ludwig's voice had matured, she expanded her repertoire from lyric and played mezzo roles to dramatic roles. Her extended repertoire eventually expanded to include Princess Eboli in "Don Carlos", Ulrica in - "Un Ballo in Maschera", Monteverdi's "Octavia", Dido in "Les Troyens", Verdi's "Lady Macbeth", Strauss's "The Woman Without a Shadow", Beethoven's Leonore in "Fidelio" and contemporary roles of Einem and Orff.

In addition to her opera performances Luwig regularly gave recitals with Prof. Dr. Erik Werba and the German pianist Sebastian Peschko and occasionally with Leonard Bernstein. As a soloist with orchestras in Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss performances, she was much admired and celebrated.

From 1957 to 1970 Ludwig was married to the bass baritone Walter Berry. Her son Wolfgang Berry now supports her at the Masterclass 2018 in Wörgl. In 1972 she married the French theater actor Paul-Emile Deiber.

In 1994, the exceptional singer adopted as Clytemnestra in "Elektra" by the Vienna State Opera. Ludwig has been teaching in master classes ever since. For example, since 1998 she holds master classes in the context of the Academia Vocalis in Wörgl, this year for the 13th time.
This year on March 16th the great singer and opera diva celebrates her 90th birthday

Jonathan Ware
Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and at the Hochschule für Musik 'Hanns Eisler' Berlin, where he now teaches. He won the Pianist's Prize at Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song and Das Lied Competitions, and in 2014 won 1st Prize in the International Hugo Wolf Competition and was selected by YCAT.
Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician recent highlights include recitals with Christina Sidak at the Berliner Festspiele, Golda Schultz at Lauenen Chamber Concerts and with Benjamin Appl at La Roche, Switzerland. He has collaborated with Michael Collins, Benjamin Baker and Amy Harman at venues including the Bath International Festival, Saffron Hall and Bridgewater Hall.
Engagements this season include recitals in the Festival Dialogues at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Golda Schultz, the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart with Ludwig Mittelhammer, and at Wigmore Hall and Barbican with Peter Moore and Morgan Pearse.
Passionate about the song repertory Jonathan was co-artistic director of a festival in New York devoted to the performance of the complete Schubert Lieder.

For several years now Jonathan accompanies and supports KS Prof. Dr. hc Christa Ludwig at the master classes of the Academia Vocalis.

"Ware...stood out for his clear sense of dramatic purpose, unrivaled keyboard finesse, and ability to create a vivid drama."
Musical America Worldwide / Das Lied with Rebecca Schmid / March 2013

"During "Versunken", pianist Jonathan Ware shone with his crystal-clear rapid scales. His subtle accompaniments were equally impressive during the other songs."
NY Concert / Merkin Concert Hall / October 2011

"Jonathan Ware...played with an ease and spontaneity that belied his years."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Dallas


Wolfgang Marc Berry Thumb

Wolfgang Marc Berry studied - like his mother, KS Prof. hc Christa Ludwig, with Prof. Eugenie Ludwig, his grandmother and his parents Christa Ludwig and Walter Berry and at the Vienna Conservatory. Classical guitar lessons at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Luise Walker / Walter Würdinger, Psychology at the University of Vienna.

Since 1993 until today teaching at the only "Joe Zawinul" music school in Gumpoldskirchen, Lower Austria.

Continuous voice and language training seminars & trainings as well as voice training sessions and private singing students (technique / interpretation) and clients for elocution engineering.

1981: vocal engagement at the Vienna State Opera in "Mass" by Leonhard Bernstein. Beginning of vocal training at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna with Prof. Heppe as well as opera and lieder interpretation work with Prof. Charles Spencer.

1985-1989: Composer, singer and producer in Munich with Siegel MUSIK publishers.

1989 - 1990: Third LP production for CBS / Sony. Publication in 14 countries, live performances in Germany and abroad, composer and producer of the Austrian Eurovision contribution "No walls anymore" (Simone) in Zagreb.

1991 - 1992: Main role in the musical operetta "Sisi and Romy" as Emperor Franz Joseph at the Mörbischer Seefestspiele. Singing and lyrics for the opening gala in Hamburg of the Pay TV station "Premiere". Vocal and text design for two "Top Spots" TV productions for the ORF on behalf of the ORF.

Several CD productions commissioned by the ORF eg. Media music production in 1993 as well as commissioned musicals / composition "Gespenst von Canterville" for the Städtische Bühnen Stralsund / Greifswald and in addition the recording line for the ORF, musical production (composition and production) "Blood Red Roses", Stadttheater Aachen with accompanying performances. Continuous compositions and productions with young artists.

2002 - 2006 Appointed Intendant of the probably oldest cultural center in Austria, the "Black Eagle Art & Kitchen" in Gumpoldskirchen.

2005 - 2009 Teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Department Musical (Vocal Technique & Interpretation).

2010 - 2011: Continuous singing / language classes at the Joe Zawinul MS in Gumpoldskirchen, as well as private. Writing and directing the musicomical "An Apple, Adam?"

2012 - 2014: voice and language seminars. "A Tribute" - CD production on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Joe Zawinul. Solo song "Familiar to me" with live presentation of the CD and band at the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten. Writing and directing the musicomical "Fadesse Dorée". Song production / composition / lyrics and song "Heart to Heart" for an International Cardiologist Portal.

2015 - 2016: Book and direction for the MusiComical "Salon zur reschen Elfi". First novel / thriller published by the publisher - Edition Va Bene - "Tatar".

2017-2020: Teaching - Joe Zawinul MS in Gumpoldskirchen, also private singing and language lessons. Writing and directing for the MusiComical "A Mords Gchicht".



Maria Knoll Madersbacher ThumbMaria Knoll - Madersbacher can look back on a good life with and for the music and singing. After her vocal studies in Innsbruck (KS Melitta Amerling), Salzburg and Vienna (Prof. Ferdinand Grossmann/former Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir and conductor of the State Opera Choir under Herbert van Karajan) and as a graduate of several masterclasses (Salzburg, Ghent/Flanders Festival, Ossiach etc), she appeared in numerous recitals and concerts both as a soloist and as a duo with her husband Friedrich Madersbacher.

Prof. Dr. Erik Werba and Prof. Kurt Rapf were the constant accompanists and artistic partners. Concerts such as recitals took her to Italy, Belgium (Grand Place/reception of the Austrian Embassy), Vienna as part of the Wiener Festwochen in the cycle "Around Vienna", Michael Haydn's "Baßgeiger zu Wörgl" in Haydn's Birthplace in Rohrau with the Graz Orchestra and Prof. Dr. Erik Werba at the piano. On the occasion of the reopening of the Art Nouveau theater in Tunis, she gave a song recital in duo with her spouse, further concerts with orchestra at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, other concerts in Austria, Germany and Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary were fixtures of the artistic activity of the 80s and 90s years. In addition,
Maria Knoll gave many other church concerts and oratorios as a soloist or as a duo with her spouse Friedrich Madersbacher again at home and abroad.

Maria Knoll was a founding member in 1958 of the choir of music lovers, Kirchbichl and won in 1957 the 5th place at the Guido d'Arezzo, Italy. This choir later founded the Tyrolean motet choir of the city of Wörgl, where she was also a founding member. The Tyrolean motet choir celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. For a few years she was also in charge of the Tyrolean motet choir and organized the big USA tour under her aegis. The Tyrolean motet choir won the 1st place at the International Choir Competition in Llangollen, Wales, Great Britain. During this time, she also worked as a voice tutor for members of the Tyrolean motet choir.

In 1978 she received the honorary membership of the Tyrolean motet choir of the city Wörgl.

In the course of her career, Maria Knoll - Madersbacher turned more and more to vocal pedagogy. From 1963 until her retirement she was vocal pedagogue at the regional music school Wörgl with pupils from Bolzano via Salzburg to Linz. In between, Maria Knoll - Madersbacher worked for another two years at the music school in St. Pölten and worked as a juror at the competition "Jugend musiziert" in Lower Austria.

Another milestone in the work for the music and singing was the chamber music series "Pro Musica" in Wörgl, which she chaired for 10 years as director and artistic director. Numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles, recitals, various music theaters u.v.m. took place primarily by emerging young artists.

Maria Knoll - Madersbacher was from the beginning on idea supplier in artistic and organizational matters of the Academia Vocalis (founded 1988) and acted for many years as a vocal pedagogue on the side of Prof. Dr. Erik Werba in his masterclasses. For more than 20 years, Maria Knoll has been conducting holistic, one-week children and youth opera workshops within the framework of the Academia Vocalis with great success. From these workshops regularly recruited the soloists for the children's operas of the Academia Vocalis, which are realized every 5 years.

In 2003, for example, the children's opera "The Brave Little Tailor" by the tyrolean composer Edgar Seipenbusch (conducting, libretto, composition & musical direction,
direction: Irene Turin) was realized.

2008 and 2009 took place the children's opera "The Jungle Book" by Franz Baur after Rudyard Kipling (libretto: Barbara Hass, Hamburg, composition: Franz Baur, director/staging/stage design: Norbert Mladek) and ended up in a sensational success.

In 2016, the children's opera "Max & Moritz - 7 pranks"(libretto: Walter Hohenauer, composition/musical direction/conductor: Christian Spitzenstätter, director/staging/set design: Norbert Mladek) with more than 10 performances in Wörgl and the Tyrolean Festspielhaus in Erl. With all children's operas Maria Knoll - Madersbacher was and is the driving force and ultimately responsible person for the success of the entire productions, either in organizational or artistic terms.

In 2008, Maria Knoll - Madersbacher received the club pin in gold presented by the former Governor of the Tyrol DDr. Herwig van Staa and she also was awarded of the honorary sign of the city Wörgl for cultural merits. Medal of Merit of the Province of Tyrol 2016.


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