Events - Friday, 26 September 2014

Belgrade Baroque Academy announces it's 5th edition, featuring baroque specialists Marijana Mijanovic (contralto), Predrag Gosta (baritone, harpsichordist and conductor), Ilia Korol (baroque violin), with the accompaniment by Bojana Dimkovic (harpsichord) and an ensemble on period instruments.

The masterclass will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 21st to 27th of September 2014. The program will be Italian Baroque Opera Arias, with a special emphasis on the art of ornamentation and coloratura arias from operas by Handel, Hasse, Vivaldi, Porpora and Cesti. The candidates should submit their application ideally by August 27th, with a proposal of the repertoire they would like to focus on, and which should include two contrasting Italian opera arias, one of which should be a coloratura aria.

Upon acceptance, the candidates will be also given one new aria, chosen by the masterclass teachers, which they should learn by the masterclass. The repertoire list at the bottom is an example of the arias that could be studied.

Method and schedule for masterclass:
- Candidates will have the opportunity to work daily with master teachers during a period of 7 days, for a total of at least three hours each person. Masterclass will be held daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
- First 5 days the candidates will have lessons with teacher and repetiteur or continuo section on baroque vocal technique, style and interpretation, communication, language pronunciation, with a special emphasis on the art of ornamentation;
- The masterclass with culminate on days 6 and 7, when the participants will be able to work with an orchestra and perform at a public concert in the evening of the final day of the Academy, at 8 pm.
- Special effort will be put on the art of ornamentation: the participants will be provided with a sample of the ornamented 'da capo' section, but will be asked to write their own 'da capo' ornamentation, triller...

Below is the example of the repertoire to study (or other arias of your own choice):
- Handel: Come nube che fugge dal vento (Agrippina)
- Handel: Se pieta de me non senti (Giulio Cesare)
- Handel: Sorge infausta una procella (Orlando)
- Handel: Cara sposa (Rinaldo)
- Handel: Empio, per farti guerra (Tamerlano)
- Vivaldi: Agitata da due venti (Griselda)
- Cesti: Intorno all' idol mio (Orontea)
- Porpora: Alto giove (Polifemo)
- Hasse: Son qual nave (Artaserse)

Maximum number of active participants: 10
Fee: 150 EUR active, or 30 EUR auditors
Scholarships: Limited talent or need-based scholarships available (up to 80% of the fee).

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Presenters: Belgrade Baroque Academy; Early Music Network; Makris Foundation; New Belgrade Opera; Parobrod Cultural Center; Studio for Early Music
Program TBA
Artists: Jana Jovanovic (Soprano); Anastasija Minjevic (Soprano); Pia-Rabea Vornholt (Soprano); Sreten Manojlovic (Baritone); Bojana Dimkovic (Harpsichord); Predrag Gosta (Harpsichord); Ilia Korol (Violin); Roni Beraha (Cello)
Ensemble: Belgrade Baroque Academy
Conductor: Predrag Gosta
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