“I am delighted to welcome you to the 2014 MasterClass. This is the fifth year that we have conducted a MasterClass. This gives the National Adjudicator an opportunity to interact with the Finalists. It’s a wonderful opportunity to listen and see how, in a relaxed atmosphere, the singer and Master can learn from each other.
When we created the Competition in 1982, we wanted to build an atmosphere that encouraged the adjudicators and singers to communicate with each other. It wasn’t an eisteddfod, it was simply a chance to give the eminent members of the profession a chance to give back to the singers as part of the adjudication process.
Following the success of the first MasterClass in 2010, we decided to continue the MasterClass as a resource for the young singers. We trust it will be an experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”
Roland Gridiger, CEO Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®)
Brisbane-born baritone Jeffrey Black began his career in 1984 when, at the age of twenty-one, he joined The Australian Opera as a principal artist singing roles which included Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Ottone in Goran Jarvefelt’s new production of L’lncoronazione di Poppea.
Jeffrey Black made his European debut in 1986 as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos in Monte Carlo and his British debut the same year at the Glyndebourne Festival as Sid in Albert Herring, where he has subsequently returned for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1989) and the Count - in both Capriccio (1990) and Le nozze di Figaro (1991). At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he has appeared as Harlekin, Sid, Figaro (II barbiere), Dandini, the Count de Nevers in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and the Count (Figaro). Jeffrey made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Figaro (II barbiere) in 1995 and returned in 1997 to sing the Count (Figaro).
In summer 2010, Jeffrey performed the baritone role of Gianciotto in Zandonai’s opera Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park. Recent engagements include his role debut as Pizzaro in Fidelio for New London Opera Players followed by Scarpia in Tosca as well as his role debut as Telramund in Lohengrin in 2014.
For the last ten years Jeffrey has had a thriving teaching practice in his private studio in southwest London. Additionally for the last six years he has been a part time lecturer in voice and performance studies as part of the Music Faculty at Kingston University, London.
Photo (Bridget Elliot). Emma Matthews
2014 MasterClass Programme
Featuring our 2014 Finalists in a public MasterClass with baritone Jeffrey Black and accompanist David Harper.
Now in its fifth year, our MasterClass is the opportunity for the five selected Finalists to receive one-on-one expert tuition from a seasoned professional performer.
Each singer will perform part of an aria and be mentored on text, technical and emotional aspects of their performance, technique and lyrical interpretation. The audience and fellow Finalists watch and listen as the Master works with one person at a time.
The MasterClass provides an intimate and unique window of experience into this most wonderful of artforms.
Approximately 2.5 hours.
Wednesday 30 July 7:00pm
Thursday 31 July 1:30pm
Saturday 30 August 7:00pm
Winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in 2010, Rachel was also in our first MasterClass held that same year. In this video Rachel shares her experience working with Lisa Gasteen and David Harper.