15. – 21. August 2022


August 15th 2022, 11.00 am
Location: Polytechnische Schule, Wörgl

Course fee: € 450,-- (Passive 50% - € 225,-- for masterclass passive participation)

Final concert
August, 21st 2022
Start: 8.00pm
Location: House of Music, Wörgl

Target group:

This masterclass of Univ.-Prof. Christoph Prégardien addresses to advanced singers, singing students at art universities and conservatories as well as accompanying coaching for young professionals (repertoire choice) as well as to professional singers who are in preparation for concerts and opera performances or auditions.

Master's course:

This master class does not only deal with the musical-dramatic examination of a role/aria (interpretation and development of vocal colors, design in musical and textual content) but also with the interpretation and stage presence in particular. The participants have the opportunity to present their skills in a representative final concert under professional conditions.

We ask you to be prepared for this masterclass.


Christoph Pregardien ThumbChristoph Prégardien, tenor

His precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings has ensured that Christoph Prégardien has secured a place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Particularly revered as a Lieder singer, he can regularly be heard in concerts all over the world, most recently at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in New York, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland. The 2019/20 season includes appearances in the US and in Hong Kong as well as recitals in London, Madrid, Zurich and Stockholm, amongst others.

Christoph Prégardien appears regularly with renowned orchestras the world over. He has worked with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies, and with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano and Thielemann. In opera, his roles have included Tamino, Almaviva, Fenton (Falstaff), Don Ottavio, Titus, Ulisse and Idomeneo.

He also regularly appears as a conductor, following the success of his conducting debut in 2012 leading the ensemble Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. He will be leading the Collegium Vocale Gent conducting Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a major European tour in December 2019.

The singer has recorded much of his repertoire on a discography which numbers over 150 records, which have received awards such as the Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, the Edison Award, the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. His Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch (with Julius Drake) was awarded the German Critics’ Award 2016.

Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien’s musical life. In addition to his concert engagements he is a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne and gives masterclasses worldwide.

Christoph Schnackerts 2020 ThumbChristoph Schnackertz, born 1984, had his first piano lesson with Clovis Alessandri and studied in Cologne under Professors Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Jürgen Glauss (Lieder accompaniment).

Since 2005 he has been further inspired by his work as a regular accompanist for the vocal class of Professor Christoph Prégardien.
From 2007 until 2010 he was on a scholarship from "Yehudi Menuhin LiveMusicNow Köln e.V.", and he is the prize holder of the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Competition in Berlin
(Accompanist prize 2011).

Since October 2011, Christoph Schnackertz has been teaching song interpretation at The Cologne University of Music.

In his repertoire he covers all the great romantic Lied cycles, with Lieder by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Wolfgang Rihm for example, and he works with singers of every voice type. His work can be heard in numerous audio recordings by the big radio stations.

Since 2012 he has been part of a regular duo with Julian Prégardien. Concerts have taken the pair to Zurich, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, amongst others. In May 2014 the duo's debut CD was released – "An die Geliebte" (To the Beloved) – on the Myrios Classics label in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Radio receiving great acclaim by the international press. The recording was nominated for the BBC Music Award and for the ICMA in 2015.

His artistic collaboration with Christoph Prégardien is growing ever closer, too. Over the last few years they have performed together in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, London (BBC recital), at the Schwetzingen Festival and in the Tonhalle, Zurich.

In the 2014/2015 season, Christoph Schnackertz accompanied a stage production of Schubert's "Die schöne Müllerin" at the "Theater am Engelsgarten", the new playhouse in Wuppertal.

In 2016, the accompanyist gave his debuts at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg/Hohenems as well as at Musikverein Wien.


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