Antonina Campi Opera Masterclass
Antonina Campi Opera Masterclass is a new, innovative and unique project combining artistic education and great cultural events in Poland. For a week, Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin (CMC) will host meetings of the best European vocal educators, the most talented singing students, the director, choreographer, conductor and outstanding pianists who will work on ‘Don Giovanni’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Masterclass is a holistic, extraordinary, absorbing, networking and results-oriented programme offering work among professionals and performing on the CMC stage in front of almost a thousand spectators. The project, supported by local community and various Lublin institutions, is launched by the International Antonina Campi Vocal Competition, which, in the early 2017, promoted Lublin and Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin to the world of ‘high culture’ not only in Poland but also in Europe.
The competition on the opera world is immense today, and the artistic level of contemporary singers is high. Nobody is born with stage experience though; you have to gain it somehow. An artist needs continued support, both in launching a professional career and in its progression. An opera singer is never made from scratch; one’s career can only be shaped. Masterclass is a wide range of possibilities offered to young singers at the beginning of their careers.
Comprehensive preparation of the opera role under the conductor's supervision is a professional step towards the final task that the stage poses to the singer. An artist has to be fully focused and mobilised to fully understand the composer's ideas, the details of the orchestral instrumentation and the complexity of emotions hidden in the composition. An artist also needs to fully embrace a given material. To face this challenge, one has to be fully prepared, just as performing on a real stage.
Stage movement, dance, body and muscle awareness give better control of breath and emission during singing. The ability to relieve tension and stress, which is inevitably associated with the vocal profession, allows artists to feel more confident on stage. Vocal workshops are intended to prevent an opera singer from developing inappropriate phonological habits, from making pronunciation errors and especially from the wrong choice of repertoire unsuitable for one’s voice.
The heart of the institution is a proffesional opera hall for the audience of amost 1000 people.