The day before his breathtaking performance of Schubert lieder, acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge directed a master class for a select group of Dartmouth vocal students. The three students presented works by Schubert including "Wohin" from Die schöne Müllerin, "Der Leiermann" from Die Winterreise and "Ständchen" from Schwanengesang.
Bostridge punctuated his critiques with contextual information about the songs performed and encouraged the students to work on different components of their performance. He encouraged the singers to become more aware of the source of their breath and to focus on the muscles under the shoulders. "It's important to slow down and sing through all the notes," Bostridge said. He encouraged others to ponder both the attitude and repetition in each song, something that is particularly important in German texts. "Tell us something new with each repetition," he declared. Regarding technique, Bostridge encouraged the vocalists to work on their posture and "stick your chest out like a superhero" and concentrate on more relaxed hand gestures which allows one to easily pivot and sing to different parts of the auditorium.
"Working one-on-one with Ian Bostridge was a great experience. I thought this master class was a great opportunity to meet the man behind the famous voice, however briefly." --Tyler Putnam '09
Photos by Kawakahi Amina, '09