BIRŠTONAS SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY 2019
The 7th Birštonas Summer Academy
July 27 – August 5, 2019
Singers, Pianists, Harpists and Violinist masterclass
Birštonas is one of the oldest balneology resorts in Lithuania – it has been recorded from the Middle Ages. The combination of being in the exceptional inspiring environment of nature and sharing professional musical ideas brings wonderful results for the young musicians.
The 7th Summer Academy in Birštonas is a ten days international academy of music, accepting highly-gifted, young singers, pianists, harpists and chamber ensembles who aim to make music their profession. It is a place where the individual student comes first and is inspired and cared for both musically and personally in a friendly atmosphere of intense work and wholesome, beautiful surroundings. Everyday concerts are performed exclusively by the students and teachers.
In the 2019 Birštonas Summer Art Academy we intend to link several trends of activities.
The activities planned for the 2019 Birštonas Summer Art Academy will be various, exciting and intense.
Young creative people are invited to spend summer holidays in this wonderful Lithuanian spa..
Registration deadline: 20 Juni, 2019
Courses Price: 200 Eur
Accomodation Price: 120 - 200 Eur (www.visitbirstonas.lt)
Meal Price: 150 Eur
Address: Lithuanian Musicians’ Union
Gedimino pr. 32–2, LT-01104 Vilnius
Tel. +370 625 73 652; + 370 686 14 066
Vocal masterclass with Kristian Benedikt (Dramatic Tenor)
Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt has built up a reputation as one of the leading international singers of Verdi’s Otello. He sang this most demanding role more than 120 times: at Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Wiener Staatsoper, Bavarian State Opera Munich, at the Mariinski heatre in St. Petersburg, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Ekaterinburg, Santiago de Chile, Vilnius, Graz, Basel, Stockholm, Latvian Opera Festival and at Victoria’s Pacific Opera, Montreal Opera, Savonlinna Festival and others.
In 2018 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with the role of Samson (Samson et Dalila) and his future engagements include Calaf (Turandot) at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (dir. R. Willson), Samson and Herman (with Asmik Grigorian) at Vilnius City Opera, Andre Chenier in Trieste, Calaf (with Maria Guleghina as Turandot) in Buenos Aires. Next season he will sing Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) in Lisbon and will be expected again in Metropolitan Opera as Herman (The Queen of Spades). In 2020 he will debut in Bilbao Theatre as Erik (The Flying Dutchman along with Bryn Terfel and Irene Theorin). Benedikt‘s first CD is released in 2019 by DELOS.
During his latest seasons Benedikt sung at the Wiener Staatspoer (Otello), London Royal Covent Garden Opera (Canio), Mariinsky Theatre (Otello, Samson, Lohengrin), Teatro Municipal de Santiago Chile (Otello, Calaf), Beijing NCPA (Samson), Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (Herman), Hungarian National Opera (Otello, Herman), Torino Regio (Samson), Barcelona Liceo (Rienzi), Bergamo Opera (Cavaradossi), Dresden Semperoper (Otello), Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet theatre (Alfredo, Corrado, Don Jose, Pinkerton, Duca, Eleazar, Otello, Ernani, Siegmund, Calaf), Finland National Opera (Dick Johnson), Odeon in Odense (Siegmund), Vilnius City Opera (Des Grieux, Samson), Macedonian National Opera (Calaf), Savonlinna Festival (Otello), Al Bustan Festival (Otello), Festival Opera pa Skaret (Don Jose, Edgardo), etc.
Among highlights of Benedikt’s repertoire are roles of Don Jose (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Samson (Samson et Dalila), Calaf (Turandot), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Canio (I pagliacci), as well as roles like Eleazar (La Juive), Manrico (Il trovatore), Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), title roles of Andrea Chenier, Ernani, Rienzi and Lohengrin.
He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Marcello Votti, Riccardo Chailly, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carigniani, Asher Fisch, Renato Palumbo, Valeri Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov and is working with stage directors like Giancarlo del Monaco, Damiano Michieletto, Willy Decker, David Alden, Calixto Bieito, Hugo de Ana, Dmitri Bertman, Eimuntas Nekrošius or Pier Francesco Maestrini.
As a concert singer he has sung among others in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Webber’s Requiem.
During 2008-2018 Benedikt has worked with famous Italian tenor Gianfranco Cecchele, paying special attention to the Italian opera and taking over vocal tradition of Mario del Monaco. He has also studied with Virgilijus Noreika, Jaakko Ryhänen and Robert Lloyd.