Free Class: What an Aria Text Reveals



If you are in Berlin and want to brush up your German, come to my workshop “German for Opera Singers”

The goal: Through the analysis of the language, this first of a short series of workshops provides a deeper understanding of the language of German opera. It gives you the tools to unlock the emotions in the vocabulary and the structure of the language. After this workshop you will look with greater care at the texts and libretti of German classical music and find nuances that enable you to perfect your performance.

The participants: The workshop is suited for singers at all levels although a basic understanding or some knowledge of vocabuary may be useful. The size of the group may vary between six and ten participants.

The time: Thursday, September 29, 7 pm – 9 pm
at Prachtwerk Cafe (conference room)
in Berlin-Neukölln, Ganghoferstraße 2.

The teacher: I, Bernd Hendricks, certified teacher for German as foreign language, and author of the book “Ach ich fühl’s – German for Opera Singers in Three Acts: Studying, Speaking, Singing” will prepare and conduct the workshop, and I – believe it or not – am flexible. Get a taste of my teaching style with my video.

The outline: The workshop’s syllabus will consist on your preferences. Pick three of the six choices below. The three most chosen topics will make up the syllabus.

Take a look and choose.

A – Introduce yourself to an agent

B – Request a Vorsingtermin through e-mail communication

C – The meaning comes at last – understanding Wagner’s linguistics

D – Little words – great emotions: feeling through Strauss and Hofmannsthal

E – On stage – follow the direction of the Regisseur

F – Die Zauberflöte – listening to Schikaneder’s wit

What are your three preferences? A, B, C, D, E, or F? Do you have additional topics you like to be covered?

Sign up with your answer at .

The price: The workshop is free. A review of the workshop by the participants in social media, their blogs and the blog “Ach ich fühl’s – German for Opera Singers” would be appreciated. The workshop will be documented with photos, in a video or/and with an article for blogs and other publications.


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Bernd Hendricks. Born in Duisburg, Germany. Based in Berlin. Writer, German Language Educator. I was six years old when I went to the opera for the first time. My Grandma took me to Hänsel und Gretel at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. The first time I met an opera singer personally was during my time as foreign correspondent in New York when at a Christmas party a baritone pelted me with questions about the language of Zauberflöte. He was preparing for his role as Papageno. After my return to Berlin in September 2010, I have been giving German lessons to singers on their audition tours. My workshops in Berlin, Vienna, and London are based on my widely read book Ach, ich fühl’s—German for Opera Singers in Three Acts: Studying, Speaking, Singing. My latest book, Die Frist ist um—Navigate the Language of 10 German Operas, takes you on a journey through the language of the most popular and often performed operas in the German-speaking countries. I am also the author of several non-fiction books and two novels.

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