German for Singers in Cardiff: The Programme

In the upcoming workshop “German for Opera Singers” in Cardiff, singers will brush up their grammar, linger over theatre vocabulary, follow stage directions, and dive deep into the linguistics of chosen arias and Lieder. In between, a Berlin-based singer colleague will give advice about auditioning in Germany via Skype. Here is more information:


Who runs the workshop?

Bernd Hendricks, Berlin-based German language consultant, tutor and author of the book “Ach ich fühl’s – German for Opera Singers in Three Acts: Studying, Speaking, Singing”. Mr Hendricks has held workshops in Berlin, Vienna and London, and will be coming to the Welsh capital for the first time.


Day 1:
– Liebst, liebt, liebe, geliebt, liebten – Who loves or is it already over?
Refresh verb basics, conjugate and build the tenses.

– Seien wir wieder gut – The linguistics of Ariadne auf Naxos
Understand the relationships between the characters through the language, and learn fixed phrases that help to memorize parts of the text.

– Zwischen Bühnenbild und Lampenfieber – Theatre vocabulary.

Day 2:
– To the end of the line – understanding Wagner’s linguistics
Understand Wagner’s texts and his order of words, and unlock the emotions underneath its linguistics.

– Little words – great emotions
Explore the words that express feelings or attitudes with examples from the
Rosenkavalier and Entführung aus dem Serail.

– On stage – follow the direction
Understand stage directions and practice the vocabulary of movement and position.

Not scheduled yet (either on Friday or on Saturday):
– What you need to know about Vorsingen (audition) in Germany
Skype conversation with a Berlin-based singer colleague.

Bernd Hendricks
Language consultant Bernd Hendricks holds workshops in Berlin, Vienna and London.

What else?

Each day for 2 hours before or after the group session, Mr Hendricks will be available for individual sessions about the singers’ written audition requests and questions about the linguistics of arias or Lieder they are currently working on.


Friday, December 8, 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, December 9, 12 pm – 4 pm.


Roath Room at the YMCA Plas Community Center, 2 Shakespeare Street, Cardiff.

What language level?

Some understanding of the language is desired (beginners, advanced beginners)

Who participates?

Singers and everybody else who is involved in opera productions.

How many?

Number of participants: 10 – 12

How much?

Price: £ 120 per person.
Pay 10 % less if you bring one participant.
Pay 20 % less if you bring two participants or more.
Pay £ 70 if you can attend for only one day.

Where to register?

In Facebook:
Or send an e-mail to Bernd Hendricks:

The workshop is featured at MGR Music, a network for voice teachers at and at the online audition service Audition Oracle at

Read articles about previous workshops, for example … 
The London Workshop: Click.

The Vienna Workshop: Click.

The Ariane auf Naxos Workshop: Click.

Video: Watch and listen what singers have to say about the Ariadne workshop.



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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.

2 thoughts on “German for Singers in Cardiff: The Programme”

  1. WOW … Good luck and enjoy CARDIFF!

    (Would be also great for me to brush up my german grammar ;-)=

    Best regards,


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