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Frankfurt Opera Studio Soirée

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How do you start a career as a singer on the world's great stages and how do you make the leap into a renowned orchestra like the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester? Our video series from Oper Frankfurt gets to the bottom of these questions with a focus on the Opernstudio and the Paul Hindemith Academy.


Karolina Bengtsson
Nombulelo Yende
Hyoyoung Kim
Helene Feldbauer
Cláudia Ribas
Jarrett Porter
Yuna Saito
Felice Venanzoni


As part of our focus on Young Artists at Oper Frankfurt, this film features the Opera Studio of Oper Frankfurt. Founded in 2008, the Opera Studio is now one of the most renowned centres for talent development in the German-language opera sector. The episode focuses on scholarship holders Nombulelo Yende and Karolina Bengtsson, whom we accompany as they prepare for the Opera Studio Soirée. In this documentary episode, they talk about how they experienced their first year at the Opera Studio, the challenges of their job, and what keeps them motivated every day. 

The Opera Studio has a long-standing collaboration with internationally renowned teachers who pass on their knowledge to the young artists in masterclasses. The interview and masterclass with Neil Shicoff is therefore one of the highlights of this episode, in which you get an exclusive insight into the intensive coaching work of the scholarship holders in the run-up to the Soirée. You can stream the full live recording of the Opera Studio Soirée starting March 9th.

Opera Studio Soirée

The Opera Studio Soirée is an established format at Oper Frankfurt, where the young singers of the Opera Studio perform with excerpts from their opera and song repertoire. This concert, which was recorded live in December 2022, features the following young artists from the Studio: Karolina Bengtsson, Nombulelo Yende, Hyoyoung Kim, Helene Feldbauer, Cláudia Ribas and Jarrett Porter. Directed by Nina Brazier, these artists perform an evening full of musical gems, with songs and arias by Schubert, Strauss, Britten, Tchaikovsky and many more.



Ottorino Respighi 1879–1936

Franz Schubert 1797–1828
‘Gute Nacht’
from Die Winterreise, D 911/1

Samuel Barber 1910–1981
‘Must the winter come so soon’
Aria of Erika
from Vanessa

Benjamin Britten 1913–1976 
‘Give him this orchid’
Aria of Lucretia
from The rape of Lucretia

Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873–1943 
Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14

Luís De Freitas Branco 1890–1955
‘Aquela Moça’

Antonín Dvořák 1841–1904
‘Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém’
Rusalka’s song to the moon
from Rusalka

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844–1908
‘S podruzhkami po yagodu khodit’
Aria of the Snowmaiden
from The Snowmaiden

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
‘Puskai pogibnu ya’
Tatiana’s letter scene
from Eugen Onegin

Jules Massenet 1842–1912
‘Werther... Werther...’
Charlotte’s letter scene
from Werther

Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901
‘Addio del passato’      
Aria of Violetta
from La Traviata

Vincenzo Bellini 1801–1835
‘Ah! Non Credea Mirarti’
Aria of Amina
from La Sonnambula    

Richard Strauss 1864–1949
‘Morgen’ Op. 27 No. 4

Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Ständchen ‘Zögernd leise’ D 920