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 creation. 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 is given an introduction to outreach and self-promotion, an essential aspect for any artist at the start of their career. Pride of place is also given to pianists, who take an advanced course for piano accompanists and rehearsal coaches with experienced musicians.
The Canadian soprano Edith Wiens has been chosen to lead this vocal residency for 2019. She is a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and her tuition methods have set the benchmark for the world of lyrical singing. Vocal coaches pianists Emmanuel Olivier and Marcelo Amaral work with the pianists participating in the residence. Mark Withers, a specialist in outreach projects, along with Christiane Louis, a specialist in career development for musicians, give these young artists the tools they need to develop their career.
The young artists of the vocal residency will perform at six concerts in Aix-en-Provence and in the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône.
A unique concert featuring the participants and Pygmalion, conducted by Raphaël Pichon, rounds off the residency, during the opening weekend of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2019:
You may also attend public, artist-led master classes or observe a work session with Edith Wiens and the young ensembles, at 12 p.m. (noon) in the amphitheater at the Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède, on June 20 and June 27.