Hammerdal Stagecraft Intensive 26 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 coach-pianist-composer, James Jenkins, for the 8-day Stagecraft Intensive in Hammerdal, Sweden. 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
14:00-16:00 Scenes Preparation
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