Andrew Watts - Baroque Voice

Midori Goto

Masterclass and production
Georg Friedrich Händel: Susanna

Dramatic oratorio in 3 acts

Weimar: 18. - 25.7.2019

Naumburg: 29.7. - 31.8.2019

A joint production between the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Theater Naumburg

On the initiative of the Naumburg Theatre, the lautten compagney BERLIN, one of the most renowned baroque orchestras in Germany, will present Handel's oratorio ‘Susanna’ in four performances in the newly crowned World Heritage Naumburg Cathedral. The vocal ensemble will be selected during the 60th Weimar Masterclasses and then prepared for the scenic production. The masterclass will take place at the HfM Weimar and the performances in the World Heritage Naumburg Cathedral.

Andrew Watts

(c) Sarah Hickson
This British countertenor is on all major stages worldwide - and has distinguished himself not least with his openness to contemporary works. In the season 2018/19 he sings in Judith Weir's opera The Outcast at the Wien Modern festival, in Jörg Widmann's Babylon at the Berlin State Opera and in Aribert Reimann's opera Lear at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In the seasons following this, he will return to the opera houses in Paris and Madrid - and will also debut at the Stanislavky Theatre in Moscow. In addition to his singing career, Andrew Watts has firmly established himself as a vocal pedagogue: he teaches at the Guildhall School of Music, the Jette Parker Young Artists Program at the Covent Garden Opera as well as at the Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera. International masterclasses have taken him to Portugal, Canada and Australia. This will be his first appearance at the Weimar Masterclasses.
James Longford (Weimar), Gerd Amelung (Weimar und Naumburg), Accompanists

1st Project phase | Weimar
18.7. – 25.7.2019    Masterclass with Andrew Watts (Arias from the oratorio Susanna and further baroque pieces)
25.7.2019          Participant's concert

2nd Project phase | Naumburg

29.7. – 22.8.2019    Scenic rehearsals
23.8. – 31.8.2019    Concerts in the Cathedral of Naumburg

Detailed Schedule

23.4.19        Berlin: Preselection (Casting)

1st Project phase
18.7.2019    Arrival in Weimar, 6pm crash rehearsal
19.- 25.7.19  Master class with Andrew Watts
25.7.19       Concert
26.-28.7.19   free time

2nd Project phase
29.7.19        Arrival in Naumburg, 6pm: Begin scenic rehearsals
29.7. – 18.8.19    Scenic rehearsals
19.8. – 22.8.19    Rehearsals with the lautten compagney BERLIN
23.8.19        Premiere
24.8.19        2nd Concert
30.8.19        3rd Concert
31.8.19        4rh Concert

Announcement / Application


Application deadline: 12 April 2019

Both students studying singing and young professionals who have completed their vocal studies are invited to participate in this project. The masterclass and rehearsals will be in German and English.

The following roles are available:
  • Susanna - Soprano
  • Attendant / Daniel - Soprano
  • Joacim - Mezzo Soprano / Countertenor
  • Chelsias - Baritone
  • First Elder - Tenor
  • Second Elder Baritone

Preselection with video recordings
Together with the application, please send two recent recordings as YouTube videos:
  • an aria from an appropriate part of the oratorio and
  • an additional aria from G. F. Händel.
2nd Selection:
Casting on the 23.4.19 in the lautten compagney BERLIN vicinities.
Short work phase together with Wolfgang Katschner, Stefan Neugebauer and Gerd Amelung on a prepared aria from the oratorio


1st Project phase | Master Class
Aplication fee: 80 Euros
Participation fee: 320 Euros

Accommodation offer:

Period: 17. – 26.07.2019 (9 Nächte)

Hotel Leonardo
  • ½ Double room: 252 Euro (without breakfast)
  • Single room:  432 Euro (without breakfast)
2nd Project phase | Rehearsals and Concerts

Costs: none
Lodging: from the 29.7. – 25.8. and the 30.8. – 1.9.19 the lodging costs will be covered by the organisers.
Salary per performance: 500 Euros (Participation in at least 2 performances)



Andrew Watts: 19.07.2019, 7:30 pm, Festsaal Fürstenhaus
Participants: 25.07.2019, 6 pm, Festsaal Fürstenhaus
Scenic performances in Naumburg:
23.8.19, Naumburg Cathedral        Premiere
24.8.19, Naumburg Cathedral        2nd Concert
30.8.19, Naumburg Cathedral        3rd Concert
31.8.19, Naumburg Cathedral        4th Concert

Weimar Master Classes

University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Postfach 2552
99406 Weimar