Dortmund Voice and Stagecraft Intensive 27 October-2 November 2019

Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond and his frequent teaching partner,  soprano-voice teacher, Anna Niedbala present regular vocal seminars throughout the year.   They are joined by pianist, Maxim Shamo, for the 7-day Voice/Stagecraft Intensive in Dortmund, Germany. The course will include the following activities on a daily basis:

9:00-11:00 Fundamental Stage Techniques and Theater Games

11:00-13:00 Voice Lessons and Musical Coachings

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Scenes Preparation

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-19:30 Staging Arias


Dr. Jean-Ronald LaFond has been active as a pedagogue for over 30 years and currently advises over 100 active professional opera singers throughout Europe and lovers of singing throughout the world.  His studio locations include Vienna, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Berlin, and Gothenburg. He teaches regularly at the Gothenburg Opera.  He also teaches a full operatic curriculum at the Opera Studio at Härnösands Folkhögskola in Sweden. “Despite his enormous technical knowledge at the forefront of vocal pedagogy, his teaching is clear and easy to understand, perceptive and constructive, demanding and individually flexible. In addition to his musicality, his immense talent for languages and his patience he is,  in a friendly but firm way, both a model and a fundamental support along the way for each singer who wants to improve. I would recommend Dr. LaFond at the highest level to anyone who wants to work seriously and consistently with one of the world’s best voice pedagogues“–Nadine Weissmann, dramatic mezzo (Bayreuth Festspiele, Teatro del Liceu, Komische Oper Berlin, etc…)

Dr. LaFond has staged Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Tosca, A Hand of Bridge, Der Schauspieldirektor, his own opera, The Fall, and dozens of operatic scenes programs. He has taught stagecraft for opera singers at Utah State University, University of Florida and Härnösands Folkhögskola.

Anna Niedbala has appeared as a mezzo-soprano at Sarasota Opera, Baltimore Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Minnesota Opera and recently made her European debut at the Salzburger Landestheater in the soprano role of Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. Having worked with Dr. LaFond and the Kashu-do process for over 7 years, Ms. Niedbala has emerged as a talented voice teacher and director in her own right.  She has recently taught and directed at Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival and several masterclasses in Sweden and Austria, Germany and Spain.  She teaches privately in Dortmund, Germany.  “Anna Niedbala has both large and dark tones for the expansive role and makes clear both the vulnerability and hurt of the scorned [Vitellia]; moving and truthful in  true Mozart style” -Salzburger Nachrichten.

But the big star is Anna Niedbala’s Tosca. An amazing lyric soprano that alternates unobtrusively between crisp heat and full strength. It really was her performance!–Allhända.se

Pianist Maxim Shamo went on his first tournée at the age of 12, performing in Ukraine and Sweden. Since then, he has appeared on stages throughout Europe, performing both solo recitals and as a soloist with various orchestras.

Maxim Shamo was born in the North Caucasus, in a family with a longstanding professional musical tradition. Mr. Shamo started studying piano at a very early age, at the Special Music College of the National Academy of Music in Kiev, Ukraine. This first step of education already linked the young student with the professional performing world.

Following his musical path, Maxim Shamo studied around the world, with Prof. Ludger Maxsein at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen, Germany), Prof. Staffan Scheja (Stockholm, Sweden), and Prof. Willem Brons (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Further important musical impulses were received from Natalia Gutman, Irwin Gage, Robert Levin, Malcolm Martineau, Olaf Bär, Udo Reinemann and Jeffrey Cohen.

A turning event for Shamo was encounter with maestro Helmut Deutsch at the Mozarteum Summer Academy. Since then Maxim Shamo follows the artistic guidance on the Lied Repertoire by Helmut Deutsch, who became his Mentor.
Maxim Shamo won the 1st Prize at the 2006 Köhler-Osbahr Piano competition, and, during his years as a student at the Folkwang University of the Arts, earned academic scholarships from Germany’s Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation and the Netherlands-Germany Rotary Club.

Mr. Shamo completed the Piano Master Studies and the Piano Postgraduate Course summa cum laude, and was invited to join the teaching staff of the Folkwang University of the Arts as a docent of Piano and Lied Accompaniment.

In addition to his solo concert activities, Maxim Shamo is a dedicated Art Song interpreter, with a particular focus on German Lied. He performs throughout Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Ukraine. www.maximshamo.com


The class is open to 10 singers maximum. The emphasis is on stagecraft for opera singers.

The course costs €780. Lessons will take place at the Church in Hammerdal and other locations in town. The course will conclude with a performances of scenes and arias.

Arrival and Departure

Participants should plan to arrive on Saturday 26 October 2019 (Course officially begins on the morning of 27 October). Final performance will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 2 November. Departure 19:00 on 2 November or after.

Lodging: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. Dortmund offers a large selection of reasonably priced Airbnbs as well as hotels.


APPLICATION: Deadline 1 October 2019

To apply for participation, fill out the form below (Video link not necessary, but helpful)! Should the class be full or should we feel that the course is not appropriate for you at this time, the deposit will be refunded immediately.  Upon acceptance, you will receive an invoice to be paid immediately to assure confirmation of your participation.

After submitting the application, please click here to pay the deposit (half of the course fee)! Look under the category Masterclasses and Intensives! Deposit deadline 1 October 2019. Rest of payment due October 15, 2019!

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