Accompanist and coach parexcellence Dr Graham Johnson returns to the WAAPA International Art SongAcademy 2017 to lead aweek of master classes on the songs of Hugo Wolf and Franz Schubert. The Academy commences on Tuesday, 11 July andculminates in a Gala Concert at Perth’s Government House Ballroom on Sunday, 16 July.
“I learnt more about Schubert in 30 minutes of Graham Johnson talking about the great composer than I have in the previous 30 years. Passionate and witty, he guided us on a journey through the world of Lieder, encouraging and sharing his passion for Schubert’s songs with some of Australia’s best young singers … this was world standard.”
- Guy Noble, conductor and broadcaster
In 2017 we are delighted to welcome internationallyrenowned tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE, who will lend his expertise in theperformance of Italian songs: Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini and more. Bornin Wales, Dennis O'Neill has enjoyed a long career as one of the world’sleading operatic tenors appearing in principal roles with all the major operacompanies of the world. Asa recitalist he appeared throughout Britain, Europe, North and South America,Russia and Australia. Specialising in the stage works of Verdi, he sangtwenty-one Verdi roles and was awarded the 2005 Verdi Medal by the Amici diVerdi in recognition of his work. Dennis O’Neill is now theDirector of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, Wales.
Singers and pianists are invited to apply to be activeparticipants. Teachers, students and music lovers of all kinds are welcome toattend as observers.