Julie Kaufmann

Masterclass Voice

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12 – 18 August 2024
Masterclass voice
Prof. Julie Kaufmann, Berlin
Répétiteur: Chiho Togawa, Munich

Course repertoire: freely selectable
Masterclass, individual lessons
Vocal technique and interpretation in song, opera and oratorio
Active and passive participation possible

Target group: professionals and students
Limited number of participants
Application for the course with recording (free repertoire, streaming link)

Course start: Monday, 12 August 2024, in the afternoon
End of the course: Sunday, 18 August 2024, after lunch

395.00 Euro course fees/active for professionals
345.00 Euro course fees/active for students
150.00 Euro course fees for passive participation
460.00 Euro Costs for accommodation (double room) incl. full board at the Forum Artium
Single room supplement: 25.00 Euro per day if available
Temporary energy costs flat rate: 2.00 Euro per day/person
For participation without accommodation/catering 110.00 Euro surcharge

The internationally celebrated American Soprano, Prof. KS Julie Kaufmann, ended her singing career in opera, concert, oratorio and Lied in 2011 after 35 years on stage.

Her studies began at the University of Iowa, where she initially majored in piano, but then changed to voice. She became a member of the opera studio at the Zurich Opera in Switzerland in 1974. 1976 she began studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg with Prof Judith Beckmann.

Her first engagement was as a soprano in the Hamburg Radio Chorus from 1976- 1979. In 1979 she began singing opera at the Theater in Hagen, went then in 1981 to the Frankfurt Opera, and in 1983 she was engaged at the Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich. After 1996 she worked free lance all over Europe and in other countries. Among the houses she sang at : La Scala in Milano, Covent Garden, the Salzburger Festspiele, Hamburg Staatsoper, Stuttgart Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Staatsoper, Chatelet in Paris, Kölner Oper, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Opera Genua, The opera in Amsterdam, Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Alhambra in
Spanien, and in Tokyo, Sapporo, Yokohama.

She showed her strong acting and singing qualities in such roles as Zdenka ( Arabella), Sophie (Rosenkavalier), Oscar (Ballo in Maschera), Blondchen (Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina ( Cosi fan tutte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) Rosina (Barbiere di Sevilla), Dalinda (Ariodante), Atalanta ( Serse), Susanna (Hindemiths Sancta Susanna) and Blanche (Dialogues des Carmelites).

She had the pleasure of performing Opera and Concerts with high ranking conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Neville Marriner, Bernhard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gustav Kuhn, Fabio Luisi, Franz Welser-Most.

Julie Kaufmann was also celebrated for Liederabende with high ranking accompanists : Wolfgang Sawalisch, Irwin Gage, Donald Sulzen, Wolfram Rieger, Burkhard Kehring. She sang Liederabende all over Germany and in Paris, Wien, Tokyo, Rom, Florenz, Venedig, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Perugia, Turino, and in Luzern, Zürich, Iowa and Indiana in the USA, Many CD’s of opera, concerts, chamber music and Lied are examples of her musicality and vocal quality.

Her teaching career began 1992 at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in München. In 1999 she accepted a professorship at the University of Art in Berlin (formerly Hochschule of Art). Since her retirement at the University of Art in 2018 she still teaches in a smaller contract. In the winter semester 2020/2021 she taught additionally at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In the winter semester 29021/2022 she taught additionally at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin. In the summer semester 2024 she will teach additionally at the Music Hochschule in Nürnberg.

Several of her students are professional singers engaged at such opera houses as the Bayrische Staatsoper Munich, Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Stuttgart Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Münchener Gärtnerplatz Theater, Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and in the opera houses in Weimar, Wiesbaden, Schwerin, Nürnberg, Leipzig, Cottbus, Köln, Kassel, Hannover, Bregenz, Oslo, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Seoul.

Julie Kaufmann loves doing master classes. This brought her to universities in Nagoya Japan, Bergen Norway, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Salzburg, and Middlebury Vermont USA. She also gave master classes in the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Kirchheimer Liedersommer, the Kölner Oper, at the Kleinkummersfeld Kuhstall Konzerten, Forum Artium in Georgsmarienhütte und at the Wolfgang Sawallisch Academy in Bayern.

She was in the juries of contest such as the ARD, Deutsche Musikrat, International Schubert Competition in Dortmund and Paula Salamon-Lindberg in Berlin. Sie ist in the board of directors of the Paul Hindemith Gesellschaft and the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin.

In 2001 she was awarded the Bayrische Verdienstorden.