17 June - 7 July 2019
Every summer, the Académie du Festival d’Aix offers an advanced vocal programme for singers and piano accompanists, based on the Mozartian repertoire – for which the Festival d’Aix has been famous since it began – but also on lieder, French melody and contemporary creations.
This residency aims to consolidate singers’ vocal technique and provide artists with career development tools; a real springboard on the way to their future as performers. Revelling in the incredible sense of emulation that reigns at the heart of the Festival, everyone will be given an introduction to outreach and self-promotion: an essential aspect for any artist at the start of their career. Pride of place will also be given to pianists, who will take an advanced course for piano accompanists and rehearsal coaches with experienced musicians.
The Canadian soprano Edith Wiens has been chosen to lead this singing residency for 2019. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. The artistic coordinator Mark Withers along with Christiane Louis, a specialist in career development for musicians, will give these young artists the tools they need to develop their career.
A unique concert featuring the participants and the Ensemble Pygmalion, conducted by Raphaël Pichon, will round off the residency wonderfully, during the opening weekend of the seventy-first Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.