Master Classes

Open to singers at music college post-graduate or opera studio level. Ten singers (Lieder Class) or voice and piano duos (British Song Class), selected by audition, will take part.


Lieder Masterclass

Saturday November 23rd - Lieder Master-Class and Schubert Song Prize with Christoph Prégardien    
£500 prize money kindly donated by the Schubert Society of Britain



British Song Masterclass

Tuesday December 10th - British Song Master-Class and British Art Song Competition with Roderick Williams 
£800 prize money kindly donated by British Music Society


Both Master Classes were be held at the

Austrian Cultural Forum

28 Rutland Gate SW7 1PQ.


The nearest tube stations are Knightsbridge and South Kensington.



Sally Burgess


The lady is superb, whether she turns her artistry  to opera, jazz or Sondheim ". A statement that sums up the remarkable talents of Sally Burgess as one of the world’s leading operatic actresses and dramatic musical performers.

Vocal Professor at the Royal College of Music, London, she also teaches stagecraft and directs opera scenes. Her teaching includes work on vocal technique, breathing, performance skills, the psychology of performance, exploring text, imagination and Alexander technique, and she offers all-day workshops as part of her studio. She works with established singers as well as those at the beginning of their studies. From the summer of 2015 she has held her much acclaimed 2 week long intensive summer courses for young singers incorporating all aspects of vocal performance.  Sally was awarded her FRCM in 2011 and has been a member of the vocal faculty for 12 years. Sally is a visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has headed their Introduction to Opera ( year 3 ) Studies since 2010.

Sally works with singers worldwide giving masterclasses, workshops and leading competitions across Europe, Russia, and South Africa. She has lead the Young Singers Programme for Les Azuriales Opera Festival, Nice for four seasons and returns annually to Moscow in collaboration with London Gates Education. In November 2013 she lead " Vocalists 2013 " in Moscow where she also chaired the international jury for it’s singing competition.

In January 2013 she lead the inaugural  Amazwi Omzansi Africa Performing Arts International Festival in Durban, South Africa which included a singing competition, workshops, master classes and gala performance. She returns to Durban and The Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch annually to work with the singers of each vocal faculty.

She works with singers at the Royal Opera House on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, at Glyndebourne on the Jerwood Young Artists Programme, for Co-Opera Company, Associated Studios Opera Courses, and with British Youth Opera. Sally has a close relationship with Live Music Now, fronting their vocal and instrumental master class series in the aLuMNi programme. She adjudicates and examines for all UK conservatoires and is a member of the British Voice Association for whom she also leads class and workshops.

During her illustrious operatic career, Sally performed Carmen worldwide, first at ENO where she sang the role over a span of 20 years in several different productions, later at The Metropolitan Opera and in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Bregenz, Portland, for Opera North,  and several times in New Zealand.

Her operatic debut was as Zerlina Don Giovanni with ENO who offered her a three year solo contract when she was only 23 years old. Beginning her career as a soprano, her early roles included Zerlina, Cherubino, Pamina, Micaela and Mimi. Later as a mezzo she sang the Composer, Octavian, Charlotte, Dido (Berlioz, Purcell) amongst others. Her years at ENO coincided with those of David Pountney and Mark Elder – a wonderfully productive period in British operatic history. She became a regular guest artist  with the company singing over 40 roles.  She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Siebel Faust with Alfredo Kraus; at The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerisches Staatsoper, Munich and Opera National de Bastille, Paris as Carmen, Opera de Geneve, Switzerland as Fricka Der Ring, and at Houston Grand Opera as Polinesso Ariodante.  Other acclaimed roles include Eboli Don Carlos, Azucena Il Trovatore, Amneris Aida, Orfeo (Gluck), Judith Bluebeard’s Castle, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova, Ottavia Poppea (also a BBC film), Dalilah Samson et Dalilah, and Herodias Salome. At the Metropolitan Opera she has sung Carmen, Queen Isabella The Voyage by Philip Glass, and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow.

Sally has enjoyed equal success on the concert platform where she has performed with all the UK’s leading orchestras and internationally with Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox, Paul Daniel, Kirril Petrenko, Riccardo Chailli, Daniel Baremboim, Gerard Schwartz and Richard Farnes. She has sung semi-staged performances of Judith Bluebeard’s Castle with the Symphony Orchestras of Bordeaux, Houston, Seattle and Porto, Portugal.

Sally has performed and sung with the Royal Ballet L’Invitation aux Voyages, and presented a one woman show "Sally Burgess’s Women” directed by Keith Warner. A solo tour of "Something Wonderful – the life and music of Richard Rodgers” was created for Opera North. At the Barbican she sang and presented "Harold Arlen – Who?” a two week run based on his life and music, both with jazz ensemble. Sally was nominated for "Best Actress in a Musical” at the Olivier Awards for her Julie Laverne Showboat in the Opera North/RSC 10 week run at the London Palladium.

Sally made her directorial debut for Tete a Tete Opera in the summer of 2009 in Mark Glentworth’s new opera Ula followed by a new production of Cosi van Tutte for English Chamber Opera. She directed the world premiere of Sonya’s Story during the summer of 2010 to  excellent national reviews, a production that will tour internationally both in it’s current one act form and as the complete opera Uncle Vanya due to premiere in 2014. Productions of Magic Flute in 2011 and Poppea in 2012 for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Undergraduate program were followed in the summer of 2012 by her new production of Il Trovatore for Dorset Opera, UK. Her GSMD production for 2013 was Albert Herring and 2014 Nozze di Figaro. In July 2013 she directed her new and much acclaimed production of  Cosi fan Tutte for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.


Roger Vignoles

Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire.

Originally inspired to pursue a career as a piano accompanist by the playing of Gerald Moore, he read Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and later joined the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur. He then completed his training with the renowned Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger.

Over the course of his distinguished career he has collaborated with such leading singers as Elisabeth Söderström, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Christine Brewer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dame Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore, John Mark Ainsley, Roderick Williams, Joan Rodgers, Sarah Walker, Measha Brueggergosman and Kate Royal. He performs extensively at major venues across the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, Musee d’Orsay, Carnegie Hall, the Frick Collection in New York, La Scala, Oper Frankfurt, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Bonn Beethovenfest, Baden-Baden Festival and Teatro del Zarzuela in Madrid.

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Highlights of the 2016/17 season include recitals with Kate Royal, Johannes Kammler, Thomas Oliemans, Elizabeth Watts, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, John Mark Ainsley, Raphaela Papadakis, Dorothea Roschmann, and Alek Shrader. He will also give masterclasses at Aldeburgh Festival, Juilliard, deSingel Antwerp, and more.

Roger Vignoles is frequently invited to devise and direct programmes and festivals of song. He has created several series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, including "Young Brahms”, "Landscape into Song” (a celebration of Schubert) and "Scenes from Schumann”. He presents the annual Ciclo de Lied Galega in Santiago de Compostela. In the 2009/10 season he presented a Strauss song series at the Wigmore Hall.

Roger Vignoles is also an outstanding teacher and has given masterclasses in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Valencia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. He is a regular visitor to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, the Britten-Pears Young Artists’ Programme at Snape and the Stimmen Festival Freistadt in Upper Austria. Roger is Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London, Vice President of the Jackdaws Music Education Trust, and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Magdalene College, Cambridge honoris causa.

His extensive discography ranges from German Lieder and French Melodies to Spanish Canciones and Cabaret Songs. Vignoles has received much acclaim for his ongoing recording series of Strauss The Complete Songs for Hyperion, with current volumes featuring Christine Brewer, Anne Schwanewilms, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Maltman, Alastair Miles, Kiera Duffy and Elizabeth Watts.

Other recent recordings and forthcoming releases include Schubert Der Wanderer and Carl Loewe Songs & Ballads with Florian Boesch and Tomášek songs with Renata Pokupić, all for Hyperion; Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch with Joan Rodgers and Roderick Williams for Champs Hill; Strauss and Wolf with Angelika Kirchschlager on Wigmore Hall Live; Schumann and Brahms with Bernarda Fink, and Britten Before Life and After with Mark Padmore, both on Harmonia Mundi (the latter received the prestigious Diapason d’Or and Prix Caecilia awards in 2009).
Last season Vignoles led Britten’s Church Parables for Mahogany Opera in performances in St Petersburg and the UK. Other recent highlights include recitals with Elīna Garanča, Clara Mouriz, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Rice, Angelika Kirchschlager, Miah Persson, Anne Schwanewilms, James Gilchrist, Elizabeth Watts, Christoph Prégardien, Christine Brewer, Marita Sølberg and Antoine Tamestit; Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tiresias in Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Brussels at La Monnaie; concert appearances with the Nash Ensemble and BBC Singers; and various masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.