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Berks Opera Company presents a Free Masterclass with Ellen Rissinger

Berks Opera Company presents a Free Masterclass with Ellen Rissinger

FREE ADMISSION and open to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2-5pm

Miller Center for the Arts (RACC), 4 N 2nd St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

Ellen Rissinger is an American Vocal Coach/Accompanist on the music staff of the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. She came to European attention in December of 2008, when she accompanied a performance of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf on one hour’s notice.

She has worked in both the United States (with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Kentucky Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Baltimore Opera among others) and in many houses in Germany (Semperoper in Dresden, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf among others), and gives master classes with several of the summer music programs in Europe, including: University of Miami’s summer program in Salzburg, Austria; IPAI in Kiefersfelden, Germany; AIMS in Graz, Austria; as well as at several universities in the US, including The Hartt School, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston Conservatory, Oklahoma City University, Murray State and the Boston NATS Chapter among others.

In 2013, she the lead coach on the world premiere of The Merchant of Venice with the Bregenz Festspiel on Lake Constance in Austria. Ellen is fluent in German and English, is conversant in Italian, French, Spanish and Modern Greek, and continues to work on her conversational ability in Russian; because of her passion for languages, she created a podcast for singers called The Diction Police that has listeners all over the world.