April 8, 2021

Wagner, Beethoven, Verdi and Mozart in World-Class Tenor Joseph Calleja’s Public Online Masterclass!

Tomorrow, April 9th, an online masterclass with famous tenor Joseph Calleja and Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music students Renārs Austrums, Dainis Kalnačs, Andris Kipļuks and Vladislavs Skrunds will be broadcast. Anyone can watch the masterclass online through the Rīga Jūrmala Academy Facebook page. 

Joseph Calleja has become one of the most famous contemporary tenors, and has been asked to perform with the world’s top orchestras and festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms and the London Festival. He has enjoyed singing at outdoor concerts in Malta, Paris and Munich to tens of thousands of listeners.

Calleja’s discography contains both operatic and solo repertoire. Gramophone magazine named him Artist of the Year in 2012, and in 2016 he received an Opera News Award. Calleja’s recordings have been nominated several times for a Grammy award.

Tomorrow, from 12:00 to 15:00, students from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music will take part in the masterclass broadcast on the Rīga Jūrmala Academy Facebook page. Renārs Austrums (doc. Z. Krīgere’s class, accompanist V. Vēriņa) will perform Zigumnd’s aria Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond from Wagner’s Die Walküre, and Beethoven’s In questa tomba oscura, while Dainis Kalnačs (R. Hanson’s class, accompanist I. Puriņa) will perform Tamino’s aria Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Nemorino’s aria Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Also participating are Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music students Andris Kipļuks (asoc. prof. A. Goba’s class, accompanist V. Gajevska), who will perform Leoncavallo’s Serenata d’Arlecchino from Pagliacci, and Questa o quella from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Vladislavs Skrunds (doc. K. Gailīte’s class, accompanist E. Tomševics), who will perform Respighi’s Nebbie, and Nemorino’s aria Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

This season, several online masterclasses have already taken place as part of the Rīga Jūrmala Academy, with leading musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra including Omar Tomasoni (trumpet), Dominic Seldis (double bass) and Gregor Horsch (cello), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra musician Lionel Cottet (cello), French violinist Renaud Capuçon and German baritone Benjamin Appl, as well as a masterclass with the British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote.