Master classes are a part of the CAMPUS programme every season. They give trainee artists in various disciplines the chance to learn from the masters in their field. Our master classes are open to the public and you are cordially invited to come along to them.


  • David Bergmüller © Theresa Pewal

17 NOVEMBER 2024, 12 PM – 6 PM

Publicly accessible master class #1

with David Bergmüller

Over the past decades, the MusikTheater an der Wien has become a major centre for Baroque music – in which the right stylistics are absolutely crucial. How should a da-capo aria be embellished? Should one sing with vibrato or without? Should Vivaldi be presented differently from Handel? The Austrian lutenist and composer David Bergmüller, professor at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, supports students with their work on Baroque music and demonstrates how historical knowledge can be drawn on for musical practice. This season he also leads the evening of musical theatre Combattimenti from behind his lute and can be heard in the “Hölle!” series of concerts.

1 MARCH 2025, 12 PM – 6 PM

Publicly accessible master class #2

with Vasily Barkhatov

He is now firmly established as a sought-after director: opera houses around the world all want to secure the services of Vasily Barkhatov. His stagings of works from the Baroque to world premieres often open up new and unexpected perspectives on the works and are always informed by thorough knowledge of the score and precise characterisation. His most recent production at the MusikTheater an der Wien was the Austrian premiere of Weinberg’s The Idiot, and this season he returns with Norma.

  • Vasily Barkhatov © Bernd Uhlig
  • Chiara Cattani © Francesco Bondi

11 MAY 2025, 12 PM – 6 PM

Publicly accessible master class #3

with Chiara Cattani

When they’re interpreted badly, we long for the next aria, but when they’re interpreted well we hold our breath in anticipation: in the operas of the Baroque and Classical eras, the recitatives drive the plot forward. This form of sung speech enables singers to deliver lines as freely as actors, to play with tempi and timbres and to bring an evening of musical theatre truly to life. In this master class, Baroque specialist Chiara Cattani shares her knowledge of the forms of recitative. This season she takes on the musical direction of Isacco from the pianoforte.

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