Building all aspects of your stagecraft and interpretation. Creating an environment of trust in which to explore all dimensions of your characters in an organic fashion.

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(Week 1-3)

New York, USA

David Ostwald has directed more than 170 productions of operas and plays in top academic and professional venues in both the U.S. and abroad. They span the centuries from the Renaissance to the present and encompass Shakespeare to Shepard and Monteverdi to Moran. A specialist in teaching acting to singers, Ostwald wrote Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters, which was published by Oxford University Press and has been widely adopted as a classroom text.

In the course of his career, David has been the head of the opera program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, directing all of the program’s productions during his tenure, and he has also been on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Queens College/CUNY, the University of California, Berkeley, and in the major summer opera programs at Aspen, Wolf Trap, and at Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera.

*David’s book will be suggested reading for all participants prior to start of the program, as well as referenced as a guide in working sessions.


Alan Fischer
(Week 4)

Virginia, USA

Alan Fischer is an accomplished teacher specializing in operatic character development and audition presentation for singers. For nearly the past 25 years, Alan has been the Chair of the Vocal Music Department at the Governor's School of the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia where he developed a very successful classical vocal music program with an emphasis on opera and art song. Mr. Fischer has directed all across the United States and has directed and conducted more than 35 opera productions at The Governor's School for the Arts where some of his students have gone on to have major international careers singing at the top opera houses around the world. Alan has given master classes throughout the USA, and he has been recognized by the North Carolina School for the Arts as a 'Teacher of the Year', and recognized as a 'Super Teacher' by The Frost School of Music in Miami for his work with young singers.

As a performer, Alan began his professional singing career at age of six as a soloist with the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Children's Choruses and he maintains over 50 character and supporting tenor roles in his repertoire and has performed with many American companies and in Europe. Alan graduated from City College of the City of New York majoring in Psychology and Education and attended the Goldovsky Opera Institute sponsored by the New England Conservatory of Music.

Alan is currently directing Die Fledermaus for Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance in New York City, and will direct Shakespeare in Opera, a concert of operatic scenes, for the Tidewater Opera Institute in Virginia, before joining Premiere.