Figaro Reloaded - W.A. Mozart

Saturday, 13.8.2022 – Sunday, 28.8.2022

Harmoniemusic with 2 Klarinettes, 2 Horns, 2 Fagottes, Kontrabass
according to Georg Kaspar Sartorius

Main roles: Contessa, Susanna, Figaro, Cherubino, Barbarina, Marzeline, Bartolo,
Don Basilio, Antonio

Director: Beverly Blankenship
Assistant Director: Shira Szabady
Musical Director: Peter Marschik
Head of Studies, Piano: Manfred Schiebel

Performances - Pocket Opera:

25.8.2022 FIGARO I
26.8.2022 FIGARO II
27.8.2022 FIGARO III
28.8.2022 FIGARO IV

All performances: 8.00 pm, Komma Wörgl

Target group: Vocalist Level: Singing students at art unviversities, Art Schools und Conservatories (accompanying representational, interpretative, voice-related coaching for study exams, auditions and appearences); Young professionals (choice of repertoire and musical and performing preparation for auditions, Auditioning)

Content: The new Mozart Academy as a part oft he Academia Vocalis allows young, talented singers to learn what is only offered to them in higher semesters at the universities as a part of a university course. Many necessary skills cannot be acquired because young singers in particular have to get involved very early on. 'These are skills and experience that can only be gathered on stage. The Academia Vocalis now takes this into account and, through the Mozart Academy, offers the opportunity to gain this experience on stage with a professional team and environment. Learning tob e on stage, acting and singing on stage, learning opera repertoire, learning to direct in large teams and much more.

The Marriage of Figaros – Opera buffa in 4 acts by W.A. Mozart according to Georg Kaspar Sartorius is carried out with a professional team (direction, musical direction, study management & piano, small orchestra, professional light & sound technology, professional stage concept) and the allocation of main and supporting roles tot he students, worked out and then staged. The main and supporting roles are casted twice. Rehearsals and performances take place in the professional team and in the surroundings throughout the period. As in large opera houses, a main and dress rehearsal will take place before the performances.

The music preparation will already take place also in Vienna – University of Music and Performing Arts – mdw. In addition, a spart oft he Mozart Academy, the Academia Vocalis invites directors of large opera studios to work with the young students every year. As a consequence, there is the possibility that specific commitments and a possible career – started from Wörgl – can be realized.

Focus of interpretation & Repertoire:

FIGARO - W.A. Mozart – Opera buffa in 4 acts according to Georg Kaspar Sartorius

Application: latest until  31.3.2022.

Beverly Blankenship ThumbBeverly Blankenship grew up bilingual. She completed the Max Reinhardt Seminar and worked as a young actress on stage, television and film. After her first engagement at the Salzburg State Theater, she emigrated to Australia. There she quickly established herself as a screenwriter and theater director. Now she is working in Europe again, as a director, writer and teacher.


On the drama stage, Beverly Blankenship's primary interest is in the works of today's authors, even if she often directs the great classics. She works on big houses but also always happy in the independent scene. In November 2019 she will stage ROMEO AND JULIA for the Hanoi Youth Theater, in July 2020 a new dramatization of Doderer's WATERFALLS OF SLUNJ will premiere at the Reichenau Festival.

One of her favorite English authors is Howard Barker. For their implementation by Howard Barkers the piece ANNA GALACTICA was awarded the Skraup Prize of the Vienna Volkstheater for the best awarded staging of the season. Howard Barker also wrote HANG OF THE GAOL, which she staged in Sydney, and 7 times LEAR, which was developed for the Vienna Theater on Drachengasse.

Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler are the German-speaking authors who wrote Blankenship on most lasting influence. It has had MERLIN OR THEDESERT LAND twice intensively and successfully brought to the stage: At the Saarbrücken State Theater and the Salzburg State Theater. In 2011, with Pierre Oser, Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler DER DURCH DAS TAL GEHT, a Parzival opera was created, which premiered at the Hanoi Opera. Alan Ayckbourn's HALBE TRUTHS and was created at the Vienna Theater in der Josefstadt Tom Stoppards THE ONLY TRUE.

For the Volkstheater Wien she directed Elfriede Jelinek's CLARA S. The Drachengassen production by John Godbers BOUNCERS was invited to Moscow. In one of her two productions by Macia Daraini's MARIA STUARDA, she was on stage herself

As part of her commitment to contemporary theater, Beverly Blankenship also worked as a dramaturge ("Playworks", Sydney) and script editor ("Australian Film Council"). On the advisory board of the "Australia Council of the Arts" she was also responsible for promoting new plays and authors. With the aim of producing new Austrian dramatists who have dedicated themselves to narrative, she founded the theater company "Dramatic Services" in 2000, the first production of which premiered in January 2001 at the Schauspielhaus Wien: VIVACE was one with five authors and six actors, two female directors (Blankenship and Thea Brejzek) and six composers jointly developed musical theater piece.
With Jessica Gerger and five authors she developed and wrote MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX, a comedy that premiered at Theater Drachengasse, traveled to Australia for the Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival and finally to London.

A second project MRS TICKLEBOTTOM AND THE PLASTIC PROBLEM is currently touring in Melbourne's schools. The so-called »classics« are still not neglected. If Beverly Blankenship stages a play several times in different places, she develops a new concept each time in a new room.

Again and again she meets William Shakespeare: HAMLET in Sydney, AS YOU LIKE IT at the State Theater in Saarbrücken and at the Salzburg State Theater, MEASURE BY MEASURE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Vienna Volkstheater. There she also directed Racine's PHÄDRA. Schiller's JUNGFRAU VON ORLEANS was also created in Saarbrücken. Lessing's MINNA VON BARNHELM had Premiere at the St. Gallen Theater, the dramatization of Stefan Zweig's RAUSCH DER VERWANDLUNG at the Reichenau Festival, as well as BEFORE SUNSET by Gerhard Hauptmann. Schiller's DOM KARLOS premiered at the South Thuringian State Theater in Meiningen. Nestroy's TALISMAN and LUMPAZIVAGABUNDUS were on the program of the Salzburg State Theater. Nestroy's MÄDL AUS DER VORSTADT was created in July 2019 for the Koberdorf Castle Games.

At the Reichenau Festival she devoted herself to the work of Arthur Schnitzler several times: THE WIDE COUNTRY, INTERMEDIATE, THE LONELY PATH, PROFESSOR BERNHARDI, GAME OF SUMMER AIR. In total, she developed over 15 productions for the festival. Finally: Williams CAT ON THE HOT TIN ROOF and END STATION DESIRE.


She has also worked as an opera director since 1994: she interpreted Mozart's DON GIOVANNI four times very different at the Landestheater Linz, at the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück, at Festival Reinsberg and most recently at the Dortmund Opera. Hans Werner Henzes THE YOUNG LORD was her first contemporary opera at the Landestheater Linz, where Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, Strauss 'DER ROSENKAVALIER and Prokofiev's THE LOVE OF THE THREE ORANGES were also created the LOVE FOR THE THREE ORANGES premiered in May 2006 at the State Theater in Nuremberg, where her staging of Offenbach's HOFFMANN'S TALES was shown, and in March 2007 FAUST. Her path also led her to the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück (Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA) and to the Bielefeld Theater (Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA). She worked on a second, new ROSENKAVALIER at the Dortmund Opera. Her DON CARLO premiered at the Saarbrücken State Theater. Beverly Blankenship staged CABARET for the Salzburg State Theater, and CARMEN for the Dortmund Opera and Die LUSTIGE WITWE for the Basel Theater and the United Theaters in Graz.

She developed DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS for the Volksoper in Vienna, after which Rimsky-Korsakov's THE TALE OF THE Czar SALTAN had the first performance at the State Theater on Gärtnerplatz in Munich. Verdi's FALSTAFF followed at the Dortmund Opera.
Weber's DER FREISCHÜTZ was created at the Hagen Theater. DER FREISCHÜTZ had in one second production at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz premiere. The two productions of FREISCHÜTZ were conceived by Blankenship in a coherent manner, but by two different teams have been implemented. In 2011 the world premiere of DER DURCH DAS TAL GEHT (Oser, Dorst, Dorst - Ehler) took place in Hanoi at the Hanoi Opera. During her professorship at the MDW, she made several productions outside of the MDW: MÜNCHHAUSEN (State Opera Hanover 2015), BARUCHS SCHWEIGEN (Entarteopera Festival 2016), THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Theater Hagen 2017, Oper Rennes / Angers / Nantes 2019) DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES (Oper Krefeld / Mönchengladbach). The last three productions were created by the directing team with her sister Rebecca Blankenship. Sister power!


Beverly Blankenship directed the ORF production of DER HUND MUSS WEG (book by Elfriede Hammerl, broadcast in November 2000). She also writes her own scripts. The first one, SHAME (with Michael Brindley), was a huge success. The film, which has become a classic in Australia, is shown in schools and can be found in university curricula. The film received numerous awards (including the one for the best screenplay at the "Film Critics Circle Award", 1988) and was invited to numerous film festivals in New York, Chicago and Santa Barbara, among others. There SHAME was awarded in various categories (best actress, most popular film etc.) and subsequently in the USA shown by "Skouras Pictures" in all states. From "Gray Production" it became Bought the script and filmed it with Amanda Donehue in the lead role as City on Charge. A second film in the US version followed, with the same main character: DEDICATED. Her second script is called Charles Darwin and the Question of Frontal Sex (with Harald Posch) and is in German. In 2017 she directed the game scenes for the documentary HOFER (ORF, ARTE, ZDF) In 2018 she developed the game scenes for the documentary GARIBALDI (ORF, ARTE, ZDF)


2011-2018 Beverly Blankenship was a professor at the MDW and led one of the opera classes. She has worked on over 15 productions with her students. For many years, Beverly Blankenship has taught at various universities and colleges for Performing Arts. She taught rhetoric courses for the Catholic University of Linz and The Theological Faculty of the University of Innsbruck; Acting courses for Phillip Street Theater Sydney, Arts Council of New South Wales, Prinzregenten Akademie in Munich and European ACT, as well as the Workshop Festival in Tel Aviv. She gave master classes for actors, singers and stage designers at the University of Zurich, the Anton Bruckner University Linz, the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, Hanoi Academy of Cinema and Theater, and at the University of Music and performing arts in Vienna.

STUDIOBLANKENSHIP3 was founded by Beverly Blankenship, Rebecca Blankenship and Sawako Yamada-Blankenship. Singing, acting training and accompaniment for singers are offered by STUDIOBLANKENSHIP3 in individual lessons and as a workshop.


Peter Marschik ThumbPeter Marschik

Born in 1958

Studied piano, singing, composition and conducting at the Wiener Musikhochschule; 1981 Diploma in "Song & Oratorio" with distinction;
Pianist and founding member of the "Beethoven Trio, Vienna"; Choirmaster of the Vienna Boys' Choir from 1991-96 their Artistic Director; Lecturer at the Wiener Musikhochschule for Voice, accompaniment and score reading;
Concert tours through Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand;

1995 Foundation of the Orchestra Academy "Aesthetica in nuce"
1998-2003 First Kapellmeister at the Kiel Opera;
2004-2007 First Kapellmeister at the Mecklenburg State Theatre Schwerin; From September 2007 to August 2013 chief conductor at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt;

Cooperation with the following ensembles:
Sinfonica Nacional of Mexico, Sinfonica de Venezuela, RSO Brativlava, Brandenburg Collegium (NY), Danish Radio Sinfonietta (Copenhagen), Academy of London, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera (as a guest conductor of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle);
Conducting engagements on CD:
Britten, "The Golden Vanity" (Deutsches Grammophon)
Bach, Kantante "Ich hatte viel Bekümmerniss"
Mozarts "Krönungsmesse"
Mozart, "Requiem"
Haydn, „Die Schöpfung"
Hansel, "Der Messias" (all with Capriccio)
G. F. Malipiero, I Capricci di Callot (CPO)

Manfred Schiebel ThumbManfred Schiebel
received his first musical education with the „Mozart Boys Choir Vienna" and subsequently studied conducting with Karl Österreicher, accompanying with Harald Goertz and piano withThomas Kreuzberger at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 1991, he has been teaching at the MUK – Music and Arts Private University of Vienna, where he was appointed professor in 2017, and since 2002 at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was an acclaimed director of the Young Vienna Choral Society for 14 years and since 2011 of the "Klassik im Advent" Festival in Carinthia and has given numerous masterclasses for singers and pianists in Europe, Iran and Cuba. He has performed in concert on four continents and accompanied such renowned artists as Edita Gruberova, Grace Bumbry, Leo Nucci, Günther Groissböck, Giuseppe Taddei and the Vienna Boys' Choir, among many others. He is much sought after not only as accompanist at masterclasses of world-famous vocal teachers such as Helena Lazarska, Julia Hamari, Walter Berry, Thomas Hampson, but also in various productions as assistant to many prominent conductors, including Alfred Eschwé, Carlos Kalmar, Peter Keuschnig and Karel Mark Chichon. Manfred Schiebel regularly performs piano four-hands concerts with his duo partner Marcin Koziel and with various chamber music formations

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