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Persistence, Patience, & The Pandemic: An American Soprano’s Journey to Her European Debut

Heather Phillips in rehearsal for Bianca e Falliero at Oper Frankfurt: Photo Credit Karoly Risz Hello OperGermany readers,  My name is Heather Phillips. I am an American opera singer, about to make my European Operatic debut in a new production at Oper Frankfurt in the soprano title role of Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero. My path to …

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The Fach System at Your Fingertips

Now you can understand this complicated system with a few clicks. Use the repertoire you know and sing and quickly find out what German agents and theaters are listening for. Match your repertoire and their expectations and tailor your audition package to succeed in Germany. Professional or a student, agent or singer this database is …

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Recent Conversations: Singers May Be Busy Again Soon

Theaters have planned their 2021-22 seasons, and even amid ongoing uncertainties are looking forward to at least some performances in May. Some theaters are even holding auditions for specific roles. These are more limited; only 4 or 5 people, and at least in the theaters I talked to, there are currently no information auditions, but …

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Recent Conversations with Agents and Theaters: Problems and Prospects

A Dark Winter for theaters. According to recent conversations with opera professionals in Germany, German theaters are shut down until at least the end of January, probably longer. Beneath the surface there’s a dichotomy between agents, who are in limbo, and theaters, which strange as it may seem, are very busy dealing with the effects …

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Auf die Bühne

YOUR PERFORMANCE-MUSICAL AND PERSONAL SO! The Inspiziert has told you to go! AUFTRITT!!! YOU’RE ON You walk out to a good spot-Find the Light, or go to where the last person was told to sing. BE PREPARED TO LISTEN HARD AND RESPOND It can be tricky to understand a foreign language when you’re onstage and …

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Key Resources

German, Austrian and Swiss Agent Lists German opergermany.com/german-contacts/ http://operabase.com/manager/de/en Austrian opergermany.com/austrian-contacts/ http://operabase.com/manager/at/en Swiss http://operabase.com/manager/ch/en   ZAV Contact Emails (Subject Line:”Oper/Operetta Bewerbung”) BERLIN: –zav-zav-berlin-kv@arbeitsagentur.de ZAV-Kuenstlervermittlung-Berlin@arbeitsagentur.de Berenike Jürgens Bettina Pangsy (Frau) HAMBURG:  zav-hamburg-kv@arbeitsagewntur.de ZAV-Kuenstlervermittlung-Hamburg@arbeitsagentur.de Dr. Wolf Borchers  (Herr Dr.) LEIPZIG:  zav-leigzig-kv@arbeitsagentur.de ZAV-Kuenstlervermittlung-Leipzig@arbeitsagentur.de Gabriele Kodama  (Frau) Köln (Cologne):  zav-koeln-kv@arbeitsagentur.de ZAV-Kuenstlervermittlung-Koeln@arbeitsagentur.de Maria Leyer-Fäth  (Frau) Axel Mendrock MÜNCHEN (Munich):  zav-muenchen-kv@arbeitsagentur.de …

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Fach, Fächer and You

What is it? It’s a system for organizing, assigning and understanding operatic and operetta roles, voices and the requirements for successful, sustainable performances of the operatic repertoire in theaters over time. It reflects practical necessities as well as aesthetic and cultural choices. It is incorporated into singers’ contracts and can be binding on both parties …

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Theater Overview

Theaters A JOB IS A JOB, BUT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE! Recently a long time opera house administrator who is now teaching in Berlin complained that young American singers would audition one day for the theater in Hof, the next for Hamburg and have no idea of the difference. It’s great to be egalitarian and enthusiastic, …

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