June 26 - July 6

June 26 - July 6

Transform your audition arias in time for the Fall 2018 audition season!  Through one-on-one voice, Alexander Technique, acting, and musical coaching, you will receive expert advice on how to bring your vocal and acting performance of three arias or songs to the next level. You will also participate in daily master classes and German lessons, plus receive guidance on how to audition in Europe.

Students Receive:

  • 6 Voice Lessons
  • 3 AT Lessons
  • 3 Coachings
  • 4 Acting Master Classes
  • 3 private Acting lessons
  • 2 mock auditions (including the first sing through)
  • 8 group warm-ups
  • 1 performance


Voice Lessons: Thomas Michael Allen, Abbie Furmansky, Gary Jankowski
Alexander Technique:  Ann Rodiger
Body/Mind/Voice Coach: John Norris
Acting:  Jasmin Solfaghari
Coaches: Kamal Khan, Chris Crans
MasterClass: Jasmin Solfaghari
Career Advice:  Zenaida des Aubris


To Apply for enrollment:

Please e-mail your application to arodiger@balanceartscenter.com (Please include bio, photo and 3 vocal samples) with a 25 Euros (30 USD) application fee (payable via Shopify)

Limited Enrollment

Application Fee:  25 Euros (30 USD)
Workshop Fee: 1600 Euros

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OPERA: Berlin (Staatsoper, Komische Oper), Zurich, Geneva, Paris (Champs-Elysees), Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stuttgart, Cincinnati, Handel Festival Halle, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati, Glimmerglass Festival

CONCERT: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony (Washington D.C), Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Les Arts Florissants, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academy for Ancient Music, Opera Lafayette, Les musiciens du Louvre

RECORDING: EMI, Sony/Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics, Chandos, Capriccio

TEACHING: 20+years private studio Berlin, faculty Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Antwerp), Amsterdam Conservatory, USC-Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles)



OPERA: Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Munich (Bayerische Staatsoper), Los Angeles, Washington , Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Lucerne Festival, New York City Opera, Opera Canada

CONCERT: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,  Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio-Philharmonic

RECORDING: Sony/Red Seal, Nimbus

TEACHING: 20+ years private studio Berlin, Young Artists Program Berliner Staatsoper, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Greek Opera Studio, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), Ars Vocalis Mexico, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin

EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin, Juilliard School



OPERA: Opéra Bastille Paris, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Polish National Opera,  Bergen, Leipzig, Lübeck, Nürnberg, Halle, Freiburg, Kiel.

CONCERT: Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle,  Chautauqua Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Crue Consort

TEACHING: Private studio Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), faculty Royal Conservatory Antwerp

EDUCATION: Indiana University


ANN RODIGER – Alexander Technique

FOUNDER / DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center, New York City
DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course 

TEACHING: 30+ years private studio Alexander Technique with focus on voice in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), guest faculty: University of Hawaii, University of Illinois

SPECIALIST: Laban Movement Analysis

EDUCATION: University of Oregon, University of Ohio

PRODUCER: Conferences and Workshops: Freedom to Move, Act, and Sing, and the
Act of Writing


JOHN NORRIS – Movement/Acting/Voice

John Norris uses his creative imagination and vast acting experience to help singers create a special atmosphere or mood in the room before they even begin to sing. By developing body awareness and a special relationship to the imagination, the singer begins to feel more in command and discovers an inner strength coming from the content or the character. An authentic expression emerges and John guides the singer and the audience in an adventure of freedom of expression and vocal connectivity.

TEACHING: 30+ years private studio, Young Artists Programs of MET, Bayerische Staatsoper. Berliner Staatsoper, Dresdner Semperoper, Neue Stimmen, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin,  American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, National Conservatory Theater Denver, Wolf Trap, Curtis Institute, former Director Mannes School of Music Opera Department, former Director Israel Vocal Arts Institute.


Kamal Khan - Coach

American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan has performed with many opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Teatro  de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Oper der Stadt Bonn and the Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany, Cape Town Opera, Opera South Africa, Opera de Puerto Rico and the International Festivals of Cervantino in Mexico and Santander, Mérida, La Coruña, Tenerife and Málaga in Spain.
Additionally he has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, São Paulo Philharmonic, Balearic Islands Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonic, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  Some of the works he has conducted include Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Norma, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Favorita,  L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Il Tritico, Turandot, La Traviata, Nabucco, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Werther, Mefistofele, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Die Fliegende Holländer, Ariadne auf Naxos, Porgy and Bess, Die Fledermaus, The Rake’s Progress, The Merry Widow and the African premieres of Il Viaggio a Reims and Dead Man Walking and the Five:20 Operas Made in South Africa commissioned to celebrate the South African College of Music's Centennial in 2011 which was followed by the Four:30 Operas Made in South Africa.


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Jasmin Solfaghari - Master Class

Positions and leading Positions

1994 -1998: assistant stage director of Hamburgische Staatsoper and has worked among others with Christine Mielitz, Harry Kupfer, Günther Krämer, Achim Freyer, Marco Arturo Marelli a.o. She was responsible for revivals such as: "Der Ring des Nibelungen", "Il Trittico"(also for TV), "Die Fledermaus", "Tristan und Isolde", a.o.

2001 - 2004: Oberspielleiterin Musiktheater" at Stadttheater Bremerhaven: main director opera
2004 – 2006: Oberspielleiterin at Deutsche Oper Berlin with revivals of “Rheingold”, “Siegfried” (Götz Friedrich), “Lulu” (Götz Friedrich), “Die Tote Stadt” (Philippe Arlaud), “La Bohème” (Götz Friedrich), “Pelléas et Mélisande” (Marco Arturo Marelli), “Der Rosenkavalier” (Götz Friedrich), “Cav/Pag” (David Pountney).
During this period Jasmin Solfaghari collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Augin, Jacques Lacombe, Daniel Oren, Marc Albrecht, Antonello Allemandi, Gerd Albrecht, Donald Runnicles, Markus Stenz, Ingo Metzmacher, Lothar Zagosek, a.o.
Jasmin Solfaghari worked with singers as Deborah Voigt (Debut Marschallin), Veronique Gens, Sophie Koch, Agnes Baltsa, Helga Dernesch, Gabriele Schnaut, Hanna Schwarz, Lisbeth Balslev, Angelika Kirchschlager, Monserrat Caballé, Barbara Daniels, Linda Watson, Evelyn Herlizius, Olga Romanko, Piotr Becala, Toopi Lehtipuu, Jean Marc Ainsley, Richard Croft, Graham Clarc, Lance Ryan, Stefan Vinke, José Cura , Jochen Kowalski,  Franz Grundheber, Simon Estes, Matti Salminnen, René Pape, Kurt Moll, a.o.

Teaching and more
2006-2011 Professor at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (interimistic)
2012-2016 Teaching assignment at Hochschule für Musik Dresden.
In 2017 she wrote her first book “Opernführer für Einsteiger” (German-Alemannic; German-Saxonian; Publisher Schott) and is author of special opera versions for “beginners”.
She gives Masterclasses at Boston Opera Institute, Pepperdine University Malibu, Iowa State University, Waverley Iowa, Jerusalem Academy for music and dance, Opera Studio Tel Aviv, Montepulciano, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Her next project is to publish her operaguide as an English version.
Jasmin Solfaghari is working as a freelance director, coach and author located in Berlin.

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ZENAIDA DES AUBRIS – Career Advice Workshop

Zenaida des Aubris, based in Berlin, has over 30 years experience in artist management and production of classical music and opera in the United States, Europe and Asia. After a Masters in Sociology, she joined the San Francisco Opera. Here, she met stage director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, whom she managed 1980-1988, followed by personal management of Lorin Maazel. Zenaida was General Project Manager of Puccini's "Turandot in the Forbidden City”, Beijing, 1997/98 with Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou. Thereafter, she has consulted with various institutions in artistic administration such as the Hangzhou Grand Theater and Wu Promotions in China and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain.