City and Country: Miskolc, Hungary Dates: 20/06/2017 - 26/06/2017
Organisers: Miskolc Opera Festival Nonprofit Ltd., The Miskolc Chamber Choirs Foundation in cooperation with the Central Eastern European Centre of European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
Bartók Plus Opera Festival was founded at the turn of the millennium. In a few years, the Festival made Miskolc an important stronghold of the opera scene in Central and Eastern Europe. The event is renowed as the pre-eminent Bartók festival, which is also supported by Bartók's descendants and inheritors. Ever since the beginnings, the festival has invited world renown Hungarian artists as well as international opera stars and almost all the notable opera groups of Central Eastern Europe have already visited Miskolc. Over the theatrical performances, classical operas are placed at a new aspect, in which the open-air premises of Miskolc serve the scenery.
5-day long program. After the daily rehearsal, participants join in Zoltán Kodály's "Székely fonó" performed by the Hungarian State Opera on 23rd June 2017 (singing a certain chorus) and in the closing concert on 25th June 2017. The attendance of the programs of the Bartók Plus Operafestival is free of charge for the the participants. For proper choirs separate concerts is to be organised.
The planned program includes two ateliers:
1st - "Famous Opera Choruses" guided by Máté Szabó Sipos
2nd -"Zoltán Kodály and the works of the mediterranean choral music" guided by Lorenzo Donati and Zoltán Sándor
Deadline for applications: 15/04/2017
Website with further information: http://operafesztival.hu/index.php/en/news/1901-choir-atelier
Máté Szabó Sipos:
Donizetti, Gaetano: Don Pasquale - Chorus "Che interminabile andrivieni"
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus:: The Magic Flute - Final Chorus "Heil sei euch Geweihtne”
Nicolai, Otto: The Merry Wives of Windsor - Moon Choir
Leoncavallo, Ruggero: Pagliacci - Bell Chorus
Verdi, Giuseppe: The Lombards - Pilgrim's Choir
Verdi, Giuseppe: The Troubadour - Anvil Chorus
Verdi, Giuseppe: Nabucco - Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Wagner, Richard: Lohengrin - Bridal Chorus
Lorenzo Donati and Zoltan Sandor:
Zoltan Kodaly: Stabat Mater
Zoltan Kodaly: Adventi Enek
Zoltan Kodaly: Esti dal
Claudio Monteverdi: Sfogava con le stelle
Claudio Monteverdi: Adoramus te
Claudio Monteverdi: Cantate Domino
Lorenzo Donati: Scende la notte
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Cade la sera
Pietro Clausetti: L'ombra dei boschi d'Auser
Orazio Vecchi: Gioite Ninfe
Pietro Clausetti: Saltavan Ninfe
GianGiacomo Gastoldi: Vezzosette Ninfe belle
Marton Levente Horvath: O salutaris Hostia
Franz Liszt: O salutaris Hostia
Gioachino Rossini: O salutaris Hostia
Máté Szabó Sipos
The noted choral and orchestral conductor was born in Budapest in 1964, graduated in Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest.
He is presently the chorusmaster of Kodály Choir Debrecen, the chef conductor of Eger Simphony Orchestra since 1995, the musical director of opera department in Csokonai Theatre Debrecen, artistic director of ChamberOpera Festival Eger.
More than one decade he acted as conductor and choirmaster of Hungarian State Opera. Besides a wide range symphonic, choral and opera repertoire he produces special concert, theatre and opera productions combining different genres of arts. He is devoted to popularizing contemporary music as well so several firs performances are linked to his name and his ensembles.
He was professor of choral conducting department of Ferenc Liszt University of Music Budapest for many years but his teaching activities are still rich leading a youth orchestra in Budapest and teaching in music faculty of University of Debrecen. He puts a great emphasis on musical education of youngsters creating and leading special performances to them including workshops for mental disable or socially wounded children too.
Mate Szabo Sipos is in demand as conductor and adjudicator throughout the world and often gives master-classes of conducting as well.
His versatile activity is extended with composing and stage directing too.
Composer, conductor and violonist, who studied with the most acclaimed musicians in Italy and in the world (R. Mirigliano and R. Pezzati in Florence; C. Togni in Fiesole, E. Morricone in Siena, P. Dusapin. in Rome, R. Alessandrini, R. Clemencic, O. Dantone, R. Gabbiani, D. Fasolis, G. Graden, C. Hogset, P. Neumann in Arezzo). He gave concerts performing with Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis, Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble di Arezzo and UT insieme vocale-consonante winning several national and international awards (Arezzo, Cantonigros, Gorizia, Lugano, Montreux, Senlis, Varna, Vittorio Veneto). He won the 28 edition of European Grand Prix for Choral Singing with UT Insieme Vocale Consonante (14, may 2016).
In 2007 he won two first prizes at the Concorso Internazionale per Direttori di Coro "Mariele Ventre" di Bologna.
From 2010 to 2014 he conducted the Italian Youth Choir.
His compositions are performed by ensembles as well as soloists around the world and have been published by many Italian publishing houses. His choral works were asked and/or performed by the Choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Coro Giovanile Italiano, Grex Vocalis (Oslo), Joyfull Company of Londen, Philippines Madrigal Singers, St. Jakobs Chamber Choir from Stockholm.
He won notable awards in international competitions such as Arezzo (1996 e 1999), Gorizia (1999 e 2002), Rome (1999), Avellino (2003), Vittorio Veneto (2007). He publishes with Pizzicato Verlag, Carus Verlag and others.
He collaborates with several national cultural institutes like the Centro Studi Musicali F. Busoni di Empoli, FENIARCO, Festival Incontro Polifonico Città di Fano, Fondazione Guido d'Arezzo.
He holds courses on choral music and composition in Italy and abroad (Cina, France, Russia) and for important conducting schools.
He is often invited to join the jury at international competitions.
He teaches choral conducting at the Conservatory of Trento.
prof. Zoltán Sándor
Zoltán Sándor graduated first as piano teacher in Miskolc, then as conductor at the Musical Academy Budapest, took part – among others – in the master class of Eric Ericson. He received his postgraduate degree (DLA) in 2004. Presently he teaches at the Musical Faculty of the University of Miskolc. Besides “Bartók Choir of Miskolc” he also conducts a female choir of the musical faculty, the Teacher's Choir of Szerencs and the Hassler Vocal Ensemble. His choirs have been awarded many prizes at significant choral competitions not only in Hungary, but abroad, among others in Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Moreover, he regularly takes part in the juries of international music competitions.
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