Masterclass with Robert Toft

Wednesday 17 May 2017
10:00am

Ensemble Room 3026

Level 3, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100‒1800 offer you the opportunity to attend a Historical Performance workshop with acclaimed vocal coach and historian of singing Robert Toft. You are invited to witness him working with talented young singers and accompanists who are specialising in historical performance styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.

Robert Toft has been involved in the performance practices of singing for most of his career and has given masterclasses and lectures on historical principles of interpretation at conservatories and universities around the world.  He has published five books on the history of singing, most recently With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy (2014).  In 2015, together with Dame Emma Kirkby and Nicholas Clapton (Royal Academy of Music), Robert launched the first international summer school devoted to historically informed approaches to Italian bel canto vocal delivery.  He is the recipient of a Distinguished International Visitors Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100‒1800.  In Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded him a research-creation grant for the project ‘From Research to Public Performance: Historically Informed Re-Creative Singing’.

Professor Toft’s visit is supported by a Distinguished International Visitor Fellowship with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Robert Toft

Robert Toft has been involved in the performance practices of singing for most of his career and has given master classes and lectures on historical principles of interpretation at conservatories and universities around the world. He has published five books on the history of singing, most recently With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy (2014). In 2015, together with Dame Emma Kirkby and Nicholas Clapton (Royal Academy of Music), Robert launched the first international summer school devoted to historically informed approaches to Italian bel canto vocal delivery. He is the recipient of a Distinguished International Visitors Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council for a visit to the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in Sydney and Melbourne. In Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded him a research-creation grant for the project ‘From Research to Public Performance: Historically-Informed Re-Creative Singing’.

ticket pricing
  • Free, bookings not required.