British born Paul Esswood is one of the world's leading counter-tenors. He has worked in opera houses throughout Europe and America and was the first counter-tenor ever to sing at La Scala, Milan. He took part in the historic “Harnoncourt-Ponelle Monteverdi Cycle” at Zurich Opera, which has also been recorded and filmed for television world-wide. He has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, performing Handel's "Jephtha" and "Saul" and Monteverdi's "Orfeo". He has sung Oberon in the Köln Opera production of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and title roles in the Karlsruhe Handel Festival production of Handel's "Admeto" and the English Bach Festival production of Handel's "Riccardo Primo" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Several roles have been written for him, including the title role in Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" (Stuttgart) and Death in Penderecki's "Paradise Lost" (Chicago, La Scala, Milan and Stuttgart). Most recently, he sang the role of Seff in "Schlafes Bruder" by Herbert Willi in the world premiere in Zurich, followed by the first Austrian production in Innsbruck.
As a concert and recital singer, Paul Esswood works in the world's most important musical centres: London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and in key festivals such as Salzburg, Graz, Aix-en-Provence, 3 Choirs and London Promenade Concerts. His repertoire is extensive. From the major works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Schumann to contemporary composers, including Schnittke ("Faust Cantata” – world premiere in Vienna and "St. Florian" Symphony No.2 - world premiere in London) and Penderecki (Magnificat and "Paradise Lost").
Paul Esswood has made over one hundred and fifty recordings, including the Monteverdi Operas and Bach's “St. Matthew Passion”, “Christmas Oratorio”, Magnificat, Mass in B minor and the Teldec complete Cantata project under Harnoncourt/Leonhardt. His 4th recording of Handel's "Messiah" was with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah, under David Willcocks and under Roger Norrington he made a video recording of Purcell's 1692 Ode "Hail, Bright Caecilia". He has also recorded the title role of Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" for CBS. His solo recordings include Purcell songs, Schumann "Dichterliebe" and "Liederkreis" Op.39, “Songs to my Lady” (English Lute songs), Britten's "Abraham and Isaac" and Folksongs.
As a teacher, he is Professor of baroque vocal interpretation at the Royal Academy of Music in London and gives regular Masterclasses throughout the world. He is a Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the German "Handel" prize in 1992.
He regularly performs with the male vocal ensemble “Pro Cantione Antiqua”, of which he is a founder member, and the ensemble "The Musicke Companye", which recently recorded a new CD entitled "O Bone Jesu". He frequently works with his harpsichordist Helen Rogers, and the world-renowned lutenist Jürgen Hübscher.
Paul Esswood, utilising his considerable experience in the baroque vocal field, has now begun a career as a conductor. For the Chichester Festival, England, he conducted Purcell's "The Fairy Queen", "King Arthur" and "Dido and Aeneas". In Cracow, Poland, he conducted the Capella Cracoviensis in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" and Handel's "Israel in Egypt". He also conducted the Opera "Pompeo Magno" by Cavalli, a world premiere in modern times, for the Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival, Croatia. This project received the Ivan Lukacic prize.
Recently, Paul Esswood was a special guest of the gala concert for the 50th Anniversary of the Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Ansamble “Musicus Concentus Wien”.
|1. The programme of the course is oriented to perfecting of the technique of interpretation of Baroque Music - Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz, etc.
2. The Masterclass will be held in the “Luigi Cherubini” State Conservatory in Florence from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th January 2004.
3. The Course is open for the participants or graduates at Italian Institutes of music teaching and participants or graduated at foreign Academies and Universities of Music (in both cases with the title of the study not former that December 31st 1999).
4. The Course is open for the Countertenors and all female voices.
5. On Monday 5th January, at 10 a.m., at the Buonumore Hall in “Luigi Cherubini” State Conservatory in Florence (Piazzetta delle Belle Arti n. 2), the audition for the selection of regular participants will take place. The candidates that will not take part in the selection or will not be selected, can be admitted to the Course as auditors.
6. The candidates will have to present:
the application form using the relevant attached form, with an indication of two pieces at their free choice, to present during the audition and with proposals of other pieces they intend to perform during the Masterclass.
the certificate of paying-in the “Enrolment Fee” (not repayable) in the value of € 30 to be effected into the current account no. 5512/00 in Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Agenzia 28, ABI 06160, CAB 02828 made out to:
Fleming Youth – II Masterclass Internazionale di Canto - Via del Giglio n. 10 - 50123 FIRENZE
The applications without the certificate of paying-in will not be taken into consideration.
This documentation must be received by mail (on the address of Fleming Youth - Via del Giglio n. 10 – 50123 Firenze – Italia) or by fax (0039 055 283260) within 1st December 2003.
7. After the audition of the candidates (and in any case before the first lesson of Maestro Esswood) the payment of the following “Attendance Fee” will be requested:
regular participants: € 300
auditors: € 150
All the participants will have to provide a valid identification.
8. The regular participants will be allowed to take advantage of the free assistance of collaborating teachers of “basso continuo” for all the duration of the Course.
9. On payment of € 25 per day (fixed for a 8 nights stay)participants can be accommodated at Villa La Bifonica (Impruneta, 10 Km from the city centre). The quote includes: accommodation in multiple rooms on half board basis (breakfast and dinner) and daily bus shuttle service to the centre.
10. The Final Concert of the best participants of the Masterclass, with the special appearance of Paul Esswood, will be held on 10th January at the Buonumore Hall in “Luigi Cherubini” State Conservatory in Florence.
11. At the end of the concert the best participants will receive a certificate of attendance signed by Maestro Paul Esswood.
12. The organisation intends to highlight to the public the initiative and its participants through appropriate media.
13. Furthermore the activity of the Masterclass predicts a possibility to organise visits in Florentine museums and musical institutions.
14. The organisation reserves the right to change the programme owing to organising reason, giving a prompt notice to all persons interested.
15. Further information can be requested at:
The Secretary Office of Fleming Youth (fax 0039 055 28 32 60, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
Syrinx-Kotlinski Artists Management & Productions (tel. 0048 601 675155, e-mail email@example.com).
The Masterclass is organised by the Fleming Youth and the Syrinx-Kotlinski Artists Management & Productions
with the patronage of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation.
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