Victor Ullate School in Madrid will be hosting a special guest in May: the mezzo-soprano María José Montiel. She will be giving four master classes aimed at singing students and those interested in vocal technique as well as the general public (as audience). The aim is to provide the students with the necessary tools, both in technique and performance, to be able to develop comfortably in the opera singing world. The classes will take place on the 19th, 21st, 23rd and 24th May.
With an international career spanning 25 years, Montiel aims to pass on the knowledge she has been able to gain whilst working alongside the greatest teachers of technique and performance and with the most important conductors of the last few decades, not to mention the best teachers of repertoire and working with outstanding colleagues in a field which always guarantees the highest quality.
In her master classes, María José Montiel plans to work in a way especially designed for the singer of the 21st century. Beyond the vocal techniques of projection, support and breathing, the outstanding singer will also take time for character development with all its facets, as well as practical ideas for facing those nerve-wracking auditions.
The course structure is based on the two areas which María José Montiel has particularly cultivated in her career, from opera repertoire (Italian, French, German) to zarzuela, German Lied, Spanish song, French melody and orchestral Lieder.
After recording a CD with the ORTVE (in June), Montiel will give a concert with the same orchestra on 4th July which will include arias from opera and zarzuela romanzas at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. She will then give a recital in Majorca (11th July) and will also sing one of her favourite opuses, Verdi’s Requiem, in the Italian city of Piacenza (20th July).