5 to 7 September 2018 (3 days)
The active participation in the master classes includes a singing session of about 30 minutes with the teacher Giacomo Aragall daily. The master class takes partly place in a public class. Here, the students also have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and to perform in the special atmosphere of the historic Florentinersaal in the Palais Meran. All active participants of the masterclasses of the Accademia Belcanto Festival may take part in all masterclasses (Christa Ludwig, Eteri Lamoris, Angelika Kirchschlager, Natela Nicoli) as passive listeners.
PASSIVE PARTICIPATION: € 50, - (Please choose below)
Giacomo ARAGALL was born as Jaime Aragall i Garriga in Barcelona. Already at the age of 9, he sang in the Santa Maria del Mar church choir and began a study at Francesco Puig in Barcelona and Vladimiro Badiali in Milan at the age of 18. In 1963, he debuted at "La Verdiceme" in Verdini, Italy, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He won the singing competition "Voci Verdiane" in Busseto and became the youngest tenor in the history of Milan.
His career led him to all the major opera houses in the world such as the Teatro Comunale, Bologna and Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Hamburg, Munich, Bonn, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris, Marseilles, Royal Opera House , Covent Garden, Budapest, Prague, Liceu, Madrid, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Houston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town. Aragall performed at the Bregenzer Festspiele, in the Arena di Verona, as well as the festivals in Orange and Edinburgh.
He sang under the baton of conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Lorin Maazel, Sylvain Cambreling, Georges Prêtre, Richard Bonynge, Zubin Mehta, Jesús López-Cobos, Plácido Domingo and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and worked with directors such as Luchino Visconti, Jean Villar, Otto Schenk, Franco Zeffirelli, Roman Polanski, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Bob Wilson. He gave concerts and recitals at the Vienna Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel, Palau de la Música Catalana, Teatro Real and Herculessaal.
Giacomo Aragall is the recipient of numerous honors, the Kammersänger der Wiener Staatsoper, honorary doctor of the University of Girona, the Gold Medal of the Spanish Government for Art and the St. George Cross, and honorary member of the Orfeó Català Foundation.
Aragall's vocals, praised by critics as one of the most beautiful tenor voices of all time, are recorded on numerous recordings, including Don Carlo, La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Fausto, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Caterina Cornaro, Lucrezia Borgia, Esclarmonde and Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as concerts and recitals.