Very excited to be a Guest Artist at OperaFest Sewanee!
The culmination of last night's "Much Ado About Shakespeare!" scenes program was wonderful and bittersweet! I am so thankful to the 3 ladies standing around me, to Patrick Hansen and Kathleen Kelly for their musical wisdom, to Gina Lapinski for her brillant staging, to Debbie Robertson for her piano collaboration and last but never least, to my teacher Laura Brooks Rice who guided me (despite quarantine and zoom) and who had this wonderful vision to create OperaFest Sewanee that gave me so many opportunities this summer, I say THANK YOU!!
This Summer, our Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Joan Dornemann, will be a Faculty Member at OperaFest Sewanee - Sewanee Summer Music Festival in June and Guest Faculty at Canto Vocal Programs in July!
Sewanee Opera Intensive
Enjoyed The Practicing Mind seminar by Thomas Sterner. “In order to be Free with art, you have to be a slave to the process”
Sewanee Opera Intensive
All set up and Ready to work hard this week with Sewanee Opera Intensive! I can’t wait to coach these arias with the amazing faculty!
Today's features our incredible diction coach, Hemdi Kfir! Keep reading to learn more about her work, favorite composers, and her top tips for singers.
Hemdi Kfir has been a member of the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2007. Among her extensive work with young professional singers: The Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Israeli Opera, and Tokyo's Academy for the Performing Arts, GeiDai. She joined the faculty of Joan Dornemann's International Vocal Arts Institute in 1999, CoOperative at Rider University in 2016, and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in 2019. She edited Nico Castel's book of Handel operas, and translated numerous operas for surtitles. Hemdi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French, and a Master of Arts in Music and Languages.
✨This week, both Joan Dornemann and Hemdi Kfir are part of the Sewanee Opera Intensive ✨
ℹ️ Introducing the Sewanee Opera Intensive! A brand new digital opera training program focused on fostering community and connection among opera artists and providing advanced training during this time of isolation. Created to help artists reboot in 2021, the program offers private coaching focusing on operatic style, diction and language, dramatic presentation, performance technique, and professional skills training. Directed by Laura Brooks Rice, the first one-week digital intensive program is January 3-8, 2021.
👩🏫 The Faculty includes Co-Founder & Artistic Director Joan Dornemann, Diction Coach Hemdi Kfir and Voice Teacher Laura Brooks Rice, among other fantastic opera professionals.
👉🏼 Applications open soon and there is no fee to apply. Learn more at http://ssmf.sewanee.edu/winterfest/opera-intensive/
✨ 𝓒𝓸𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓢𝓸𝓸𝓷 ✨
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to offer a series of FREE masterclasses with our acclaimed festival artist-faculty. Come prepared to perform, ask questions and develop your skills under the guidance of these expert musicians. Not ready to play or SING in the class, you can select to just observe. However, we strongly encourage everyone to participate, ask questions, and engage with our faculty and fellow students. Learn, grow, and be ready for your future. Now is the time!