Masterclass of French music with Dagmar Šašková

23 September 2019, 1:00
Masterclass of French music with Dagmar Šašková

The Academy of Early Music organizes a masterclass of mezzo-soprano Dagmar Šašková with a focus on French Baroque music. The course is open to all lovers of Baroque music, without any age limitation. It is suitable for both active and passive participation; registration of participants will be possible only until tomorrow, 24 September 2019.

The course focuses on baroque vocal music of the 17th century – especially on its interpretation and work with lyrics. Participating singers are  required to have a good knowledge of English, Italian or French. The lutenist Manuel de Grange and harpsichordist Laurent Stewart have years of experience with the accompaniment of singers and know not only the French but also the Italian repertoire. It is possible to participate with your own accompanist. A harpsichord will be available at the venue. We have 60 minutes reserved for each active participant. The total number of places for active participation is seven. Inactive participation is welcome and is free of charge. The course will take place on 29 September 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 at the Academy of Early Music (Janáčkovo náměstí 2a, Brno). The application can be sent by 24 September 2019 to dagmar.saskova@email.cz  (please provide your name and surname, age, telephone number, voice type, a list of compositions you want to work on, whether you require harpsichord or lute accompaniment, or you will have your own accompanist, and possibly whether you prefer to take your class in the morning or in the afternoon block). Active participation will be confirmed by 25 September 2019.

The mezzo-soprano Dagmar Šašková specializes in baroque music for 15 years. After studying solo singing at University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, she studied baroque singing at the Centre of Baroque Music in Versailles. As a soloist she collaborates with Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Akadêmia, Il Festino, Le Poème Harmonique, Le Concert Brisé, La Fenice, Les Paladins, Pygmalion, La Reverencia and Simphonie du Marais. She has recorded more than 15 CDs of Italian, French and German music. Dagmar Šašková will perform on 1 October  2019 as part of the Moravian Autumn festival at the Convent of Merciful Brothers in Brno. The programme features French court music (Lambert, Marais and Couperin).

Dagmar Šašková / photo from the website of the artist

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