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Welcome to the
Summer Masterclass
in Meissen, Germany!

July 30th
— August 6th


Klosterhof St. Afra in Meißen

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July 30 — August 6 2023

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max. 16 active participants


Once a year, the gates of the Klosterhof St. Afra in beautiful Meissen on the river Elbe open to talented vocal students and professional singers. Together with dedicated and experienced teachers, the opera singer and vocal coach Lucja Zarzycka dedicates herself individually to each course participant. The course follows the ancient Italian vocal school of Belcanto of Giovanni Battista Lamperti (Vocal Wisdom), according to whose philosophy the heart, mind and body should be in harmony. The goal of this master class is to promote the personal path to the development of artistic possibilities with detailed and realizable tasks. For this purpose the extensive offer with singing lessons, acting, correpetition, body work and meditation serves. The small framework allows intensive work with clear results, which are presented and tested in two public concerts.

Each course participant will receive vocal lessons and repetition as part of the master class. After breakfast, there is group work together to strengthen body awareness and work on proper posture, breathing technique, articulation, support, physical awareness, as well as concentration. In acting classes both individually and in the group, work is done on stronger self-awareness and self-confidence, better and deeper understanding of the performed roles and musical pieces.
The results of the course are presented at two public concerts: On Wednesday, the open-air concert will take place in the monastery courtyard, and the final concert will be designed on Saturday in the beautiful Meissen Town Hall Hall, to which agents and theater directors will be invited.


♫ Open-Air Concert
with wine tasting

Wed, 2. August 3rd 2023
19.30 pm
Klosterhof St. Afra in Meißen

Admission free

♫ Final concert in the town hall Meissen

Sat, August 5th 2023
18.30 pm
Town Hall Meissen

Admission free



Vocal Coaching / Direction


Lucja Zarzycka studied classical singing first at the Academy of Music in Krakow, then in Dresden. She began her career as an opera singer in the soloist ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden. After changing her vocal specialty, she appeared as a dramatic soprano in numerous leading and title roles (including Tosca, Aida, Abigaille, Forza-, Fidelio-Leonore) on the great stages of Germany and Poland, as well as in many concert halls in Europe. At the same time, Lucja has devoted herself to teaching for over 20 years, conducting master classes and workshops. Her students can be found on opera and concert stages worldwide. In her teaching Lucja follows the old Italian vocal school of bel canto by G. B. Lamperti.



Hugo Wieg is a singer, director and lecturer at the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg. He has not only performed numerous opera roles himself, but has also directed many operas.
As a singer (bass) in a permanent engagement at the Theater Gera, he sang roles such as Sarastro, Leporello, Don Alfonso, Figaro, Bartolo, Philipp, Grand Inquisitor, Mephisto (Gounod), Dutchman and King Henry.
At the Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival, he directed the operas "Abduction from the Seraglio", "The Marriage of Figaro", "Cosi fan tutte", "The Magic Flute", "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rigoletto" from 2006. At the 2001 Halle Handel Festival he staged the oratorio "Lazarus". He staged the operettas "Graf von Luxemburg" and "Maske in Blau" at the Theater Gera and several French one-act operettas at the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg, where he has been working as a permanent lecturer in the subject of performing arts since 1995 until today.


Piano / Coach

☍ Semperoper Dresden

Naomi Shamban was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a family of musicians. She studied piano and voice in Lübeck and musical theater accompaniment and conducting in Dresden. She received her first engagement while still a student at the National Theater in Brno, Czech Republic. After graduation, she went to the Hamburg State Opera and then to the Dresden State Operetta, where she was a study leader and appeared as a conductor. She joined the Saxon State Opera as a solo répétiteur in the 2019/20 season.


Piano accompaniment


Alexander Stepanov is a prize winner of more than 20 international and regional competitions and has given numerous concerts as a soloist in the best halls of Russia and Europe. Among others, his 2015 concert tour with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under the direction of Heribert Beissel deserves special mention. The tour went through eleven German cities, and took place in the best concert halls in Germany.
The concert pianist's repertoire is wide-ranging and includes all genres of music from the Baroque period to contemporary works.


Piano accompaniment

Julia Kosenkova was born in Ukraine, where she successfully graduated from the Special School of Music and later from piano studies. In Dresden she studied her bachelor's degree in music theater correpetition at the Academy of Music. Later she continued her master studies in the main subject "Lied chamber music". She is a laureate of numerous competitions and performed with the chamber music concerts as well as a soloist in Europe. In addition, she gained experience as a musical assistant in the opera production "The Visit of the Old Lady" by Gottfried von Einem at the Landesbühnen Sachsen, where she subsequently worked as a concert pianist. She was also awarded the prize for best student piano accompanist at the 20th Albert Lortzing Competition in Leipzig.



Ken Rosslau uses the gong to release the deep unconscious emotional levels. The sound vibration finds its resonance in the body vibration. In the meditative state of relaxation, a journey to the source is created.


1. step


Please contact Lucja to inquire about an available spot and to arrange an audition if necessary. ☇ Contact

2. step


Please fill out the ❐ registration form and email it to Lucja. A deposit of 200 € (non-refundable) is required for registration and guarantees a spot for the participant.

3. step


The remaining amount is to be transferred by the end of June 2023 at the latest. (Information on the transfer can be found in the registration form).


Active participation

Costs for the master class 2023:

€ 1160 Double room incl. overnight stay and meals
(optional + € 60 Surcharge single room)
€ 690 without accommodation and meals

Passive participation

Passive participants are highly welcome!

Costs per day:

€ 60 incl. lunch and active participation in the group work

If desired, there is a possibility to organize accommodation and full meals.


Our master class will take place in beautiful Meissen in the monastery courtyard St. Afra!
Masterclass with Lucja
Masterclass with Lucja
group work
group work
group work
group work
acting with Hugo Wieg
group work
open air concert
cozy evening together
final concert in the town hall Meissen
final concert in the town hall Meissen
after the final concert
joint evening after the final concert
joint evening after the final concert
joint evening after the final concert