Jane Eaglen, Artistic Director
Pittsburgh Festival Opera is proud to announce the Mastersingers Project for Young Dramatic Voices, for artists on the cusp of professional careers with an interest in Wagner, Strauss, and dramatic repertoire.
Artistic Director, The Mastersingers Project
The project is led by Wagner expert and international star soprano Jane Eaglen, who has an illustrious career performing leading Wagner and dramatic soprano roles in all the major opera houses of the world. Ms. Eaglen has also become a renowned voice teacher and coach, working at New England Conservatory and the Merola Program alongside other ventures.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera launched its Ring Cycle with Rhinegold in summer 2018, with additional productions of the Jonathan Dove orchestration added each year, and performances of the full cycle in 2021. In addition, the company is carrying on its celebrated exploration of rarely performed Strauss operas, with Arabella in 2018 and continuing with The Love of Danae in 2019.
The Mastersinger Project will supply some soloists to the mainstage casts, as vocally appropriate, and all covers. It is anticipated that a number of roles in the Ring Cycle will be cast from the Mastersingers.
This is a unique opportunity for high caliber young singers with dramatic voices to work with one of the most celebrated Wagner and dramatic repertoire artists in the world.
The Mastersingers Project offers approximately 10 mature young professional artists expert guidance in honing their art and craft. Ms. Eaglen and a team of additional faculty experienced with larger voices coach Mastersingers in the repertoire of the season and in additional Wagner scenes and concert material. The project is performance-oriented, with participants either performing and/or covering mainstage roles in the season, and performing in a Wagner scenes program and concert.
The program lasts for five weeks, starting with rehearsals in mid-June and continuing with intensive coaching and performance opportunities through the end of the Festival in July 2018.
In addition to mainstage role assignments, Mastersingers spend significant one-on-one time with Ms. Eaglen and a dedicated coach and perform in an evening of Wagner opera scenes and a concert of Wagner's music.
The 2018 application is now closed. Please check back in September 2018 for information about the 2019 program.
Participants will be auditioned alongside Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s regular Young Professional Artists Program candidates. The age limit (35) does not apply to Mastersingers applicants. All are welcome to apply.
Tuition fees are the same as those for the Young Professional Artists Program. Mastersingers may be offered a spot as a Resident, Featured, or Studio Artist.
Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen has enjoyed one of the most formidable reputations in opera for the past two decades. Her performances of roles such as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, the title roles in Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, and Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, have earned her acclaim on stages of the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and l’Opera National de Paris. Other notable roles in her repertoire include the title roles of Tosca (English National Opera as well as in Argentina, Australia, and Japan), La Gioconda (English National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Bavarian State Opera, English National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, etc.), and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Paris and Bologna).
Eaglen’s extensive discography includes a number of solo albums for Sony Classical: Arias by Wagner and Bellini, Arias by Strauss and Mozart, Strauss’ Four Last Songs (which includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berg’s Seven Early Songs), and Italian Opera Arias. The complete recording of Wagner’s Tannhäuser conducted by Daniel Barenboim for Teldec earned her a Grammy Award. She may also be heard in recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Riccardo Chailly for Decca, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Claudio Abbado for Sony Classical, Tosca for Chandos, Norma conducted by Riccardo Muti for EMI, and the title role in Medea in Corinto for Opera Rara. Her voice is also featured on Sony Classical’s soundtrack for the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
While continuing to perform, she is active as a teacher. She has served as Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music, Principal Vocal Instructor for the Young Artist Program of the Seattle Opera, teaches periodically at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, and returns annually to teach and mentor young artists for the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera. Jane serves as a Professor of Voice at the New England Conservatory.