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The 75th International Workshop for Conductors & Singers

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Novi Sad, Serbia

January 10-23, 2023

Conductors (active participants) - €2200,
Conductors (passive participants) - €500

Singers (active participants) - €800,
Singers (passive participants) - €200

Deadline for Applications:
till the class is full


Maestro Mikhail Sinkevich
(Mariinsky Theatre)

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National Serbian Theatre in Novi Sad Symphony Orchestra

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Dejan Proshev

Artistic Director & Stage Director, National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Northern Macedonia

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Marija Jelic
Vocal coach

Soprano, Serbian National Theatre

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Corrado Valvo
Piano coach

Conductor & Pianist, Italy

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Giuseppe Verdi Highlights from Operas:
  • Rigoletto
  • Traviata
  • Aida
  • Don Carlo
with orchestra and staging.

Master Class information:

  • This workshop is open to conductors and singers at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to professionals.
    There is no age limit.
  • The official languages are English and Spanish.
  • Assistance with Visa if necessary. Republic of Serbia is open for most of the countries, no Covid restrictions to visit.
  • All sessions can be videotaped by the participants with no limits; The best is to bring your equipment for that.
  • Final public concert will be videotaped. The performance recording will be sent to each participant free of charge (i. e. included in the price of the master class).
  • All active participants will participate at the final public concert.
  • The workshop fee covers all master class sessions.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant, whether active or passive, after the final public concert.

Places are limited - please inquire today!

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About the Faculty:

Mikhail Sinkevich


Mikhail Sinkevich was born in Moscow. In 1987 he graduated from the Middle Special School of Music of the Belorussian State Conservatory and entered the Choral-Conducting Faculty of the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory. In 1990 he continued his studies at the Faculty of Opera and Symphony Conducting, which he completed in 1994 (class of Professor Ilya Musin, People’s Artist of Russia).

As a student, Mikhail Sinkevich worked at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St Petersburg Conservatory and the Zazerkalye State Children’s Music Theatre. Following his debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Belarus in 1994, he was invited to join the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. From 1997 to 1999 he was Principal Conductor of the Belorussian State Academic Musical Theatre. From 2003 to 2006 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg Kamerata symphony orchestra.

In 2000 after being invited by maestro Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Sinkevich became a conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre, where for almost ten years he has also been Assistant Artistic Director of the Opera Company. His repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes the operas The Maid of Pskov, The Tsar’s Bride, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya, A Life for the Tsar, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, The Queen of Spades, Iolanta, Sadko, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Semyon Kotko, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Betrothal in a Monastery, Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Rigoletto, Macbeth, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, Il trovatore, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Carmen, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi), Salome, Otello, Pagliacci, Adriana Lecouvreur, The Gambler and Jenůfa, Elisir d’amore as well as almost every classical ballet.

Working with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, he prepared and conducted performances of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, Giordano’s Fedora and Siberia, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Cléopâtre, Dargomyzhsky’s Esmeralda, Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, Shostakovich’s The Gamblers, Dzerzhinsky’s Grigory Melekhov, Weinberg’s Congratulations!, Alexander Tchaikovsky’s Chess King at the Concert Hall.

Regularly conducts concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall together with the theatre’s soloists. Tours with the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet throughout the world, and has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Oper House in Covent Garden, the Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), in Los Angeles, Washington and at the Salzburg and Melbourne festivals. Collaborates with opera houses in Russia (Bolshoi Theatre and the Novosibirsk, Perm and Kazan Opera Houses) and abroad, in Belarus, Germany, Croatia and other countries. Since 2013 he has been Principal Conductor of the Musical Theatre of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk), where as conductor and musical director he staged The Queen of Spades, Iolanta, Cavalleria rusticana, Elisir d’amore, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Die Zauberflöte.

In 2009 Mikhail Sinkevich made his debut at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, conducting the first performance in Japan of Dmitry Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. In 2012 together with the Wagner Stiftung (Germany) as a production-conductor he led the premiere of the opera Der fliegende Holländer in Donetsk – that production was subsequently performed to great acclaim in Kiev, Lviv and Odessa, as well as on tours to Germany.

For many years he collaborated with the National Theatre of Croatia in Zagreb, which hosted premieres of Tchaikovsky’s Mazepa (2010) and Verdi’s Il trovatore (2011), and he also conducted the operas Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Rigoletto and Jenůfa (2015) among others. Other international appearances by Sinkevich in recent years include a concert performance of Eugene Onegin in Prague and a new production of Nabucco at the Sofia National Opera (2016).

Jury member and conductor of the International Alexandrovskaya Vocalists’ Competition (Minsk, 2012) and the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Tikhvin – St Petersburg, 2016). In September 2017 he conducted the orchestra at the final round of the Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Vocalists, and in 2019 conducted the Mariinsky Orchestra at the final round of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (voice category).

National Serbian Theatre in Novi Sad Symphony Orchestra

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Dejan Proshev


Dejan Proshev was born in Skopje in 1979. He studied opera singing in the Academy of Music “Professor Pancho Vladigorev”, where he received Bachelor’s Degree (2001) and Masters Degree (2003) from the Opera Singing Department in the class of Professor Niko Isakov. In 2012, he obtained another Master’s Degree with his work on musical and stage directing with Professor Pavel Gerdzikov.

In 2002, he had a debut as a singer in children’s fantastic opera The Firefly, by V. Chuchkov, in the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Sofia. Later on, he interpreted baritone roles in productions of the Macedonian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Turandot, The Secret Marriage and The Visit of the Old Lady, also in The Story about Light (first Bulgarian rock opera) in the National Music Theatre in Sofia.

In 2005, he was engaged as an assistant director in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he worked in all opera productions in the Theatre’s repertory. Since 2007, he started working as a project manager, as well. In period 2008 – 2010, he was an artistic director of Opera and since 2011, from 2011-2015 he has been a general manager of the Macedonian Opera & Ballet.

Proshev also worked as an assistant director in the Opera House in Bitola on the production of Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale (2005); he transferred the stage direction of The Magic Flute by Austrian director Angela Zabrasа to the stage of the National Opera House in Tirana (2006); in 2007, he directed two operas by Verdi in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet“Il Trovatore” and “Aida” – it closed the 35th May Evening Opera Festival. He has directed: “La Traviata“ (2014) in Florence, Italy; “Tosca” at National Theatre in Belgrade (2014), Andrea Chenier (2015) in Osaka, Japan; Adriana Lecouvreur (2105) Varna, Bulgaria; Turandot (2015) Diano Marina, Italy; Opera concert – Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily, La Forza del destino (2016) Varna,Bulgaria, La Boheme - Macedonian Opera and Ballet and Amman Opera Festival (2018),Aida (2019) Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Skopje,R. Macedonia, Simon Boccanegra (2019) State Opera Varna,Bulgaria, Raymonda (2021) State Opera Varna,Bulgaria, Pagliacci (2021) Macedonian opera and ballet, Ernani and Sherezade (2022) State Opera Varna,Bulgaria.

Proshev attended master classes with Ana Maria Pipitone (1997, Reggio Calabria, Italy), Mirella Paruto and Antonio Boyer from Italy (1997, Interfest, Bitola) and Raina Kabaivanska (2002, Sofia, Bulgaria). In 2012, he served as a member of the jury of the International Opera Singers’ Competition “Don Salvatore Pappagallo” in Molfetta, Italy,he was also a member of the jury of the International Competition Marcella Pobbe.Since 2016, he has been engaged like assistant professor to the Opera Department of “GoceDelchev” University in Shtip, Macedonia.

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Marija Jelic

Vocal coach

Marija Jelic, Serbian soprano, Balkan rising star is having successful career which is starting to grow in Europe and other part of world. In her repertoire there are also roles: Puccini: Boheme (Mimi), Bizet: Carmen (Micaela), Verdi: Elizabeth (Don Carlo), Puccini Verdi Aida (Aida). She was singing in opera gala concert of ending of Summer festival in Wernigerode (Germany), Teatro del Carmine Sardenia. She was singing Partisian requiem in Moscow International Music Center.

She was singing ten concerts with St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Darrel Ang (Mariinsky Theater) in National Library in Beijing, Dongying Grand theater, Liniy Snow Lotus Theater. She was singing in Gala opera concert opening of 60th Festival Ohrid Summer Festival.

Also, she was singing Beethoven 9th Symphony in Plovdiv opera festival. In 2021 she was singing in Ljubljana summer festival and Belgrade summer festival production of opera “Carmen”, role of Micaela with Elina Garanca, Jonathan Tetelman, Kostas Smoriginas and conductor Karl – Mark Chichon. She was singing Mimi (La Boheme) in Jerusalem opera festival with Jerusalem symphony orchestra and also in Estonia – Narva opera festival. She was singing gala opera concert in Belgrade with Placido Domingo in September 2021.

Also, she was singing with Dubrovnik symphony orchestra and Jose Cura in Croatia 2021. She was performing in gala opera concert streamed on Opera vision with Azerbeijan National opera in Baku in October 2021. She had her solo recital in Carnegie hall in October 2021 with pianist Anthony Manoli. Also, she shared stage with Marta Argerich performing Mahler’s 4th symphony. She is successfully teaching and giving masterclasses to young people around world.

Corrado Valvo

Piano coach

Corrado Valvo is an Italian conductor and korrepetitor pianist. He studied as a Piano Répetitéur at the Conservatory in Verona (IT), in orchestral conducting at the Roma Santa Cecilia Conservatory (IT) From the 2015 to 2019 he was Korrepetitor pianist and Assistant Conductor at Teatro Lirico Sperimentale of Spoleto and at Sarasota Opera House(USA).

In November of 2017, he made his operatic conducting debut in Don Pasquale by Donizetti with the Orchestra and Choir of the Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theatre (RU). On March 23rd, 2019 he made his debut at the I. Stern Auditorium - Carnegie Hall of New York as guest conductor of the New England Symphonic Orchestra.

He has conducted several professional orchestras, including Orquesta Sinfónica de Estado de México, Orchestra del Festival Puccini, RomaTre Orchestra, Nord Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra (NY), Orchestra Accademica of Santa Cecilia Conservatory, State Symphony Wind Orchestra of Seville, Moscow Chamber Orchestra (RU), Orchestra of the Music Academy of Zagreb (Croatia), State Opera Orchestra of Chuvash Theatre, State Opera Orchestra of Mari- El Theatre, State Opera Astana Orchestra, among others.

He has performed in many of the world’s famous theatres and concert halls such as Victoria Hall in Geneva, Sarasota Opera House, Smetana Hall in Prague, Sala Felipe Villanueva in Toluca (Mexico), Carnegie Hall in New York, B. Bersa Hall in Zagreb, Teatro Garibaldi in Enna, Astana Opera House, Biskek Opera House, Sala Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Sala Verdi in Milan, Teatro Caio Melisso and Chiostro di San Niccolò in Spoleto, Teatro dei Riuniti (50° Festival dalle Nazioni) in Umbertide, Sala Accademica in Roma, Reading Concert Hall in London, Tianjin Grand Theatre Concert Hall and Opera House (China), Harbin Theatre Concert Hall and Opera House (China), Chuvash State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Mosconcert Mirror Hall in Moscow, Teatro Hogar Virgen de los Reyes in Seville, among others.

He had several collaborations with internationally renowned singers such as Barbara Frittoli, Ramon Vargas, Katia Ricciarelli, Marcello Giordani, Francesco Anile, Carmelo Caruso, Dunja Veizovic, Sofia Fomina, Elina Garanca, Varduhi Kachatryan, Shargrong Jiang and more. Recently he was engaged in a Gala with Angela Gheorghiu and Varduhi Khachatryan Homage to Maria Callas with Puccini Festival Orchestra in Geneva.

Actually he is full professor as Vocal Coach and korrepetitor pianist in University of Music in Calabria and artistic director of Figaro Opera Society.

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