KS Linda Watson & Prof. Gerhard Kahry

Jul 29 - Aug 4 2019


About KS Linda Watson

The world-famous American singer Linda Watson is one of the best Wagnerian sopranos of our time. In addition to her incomparable dark timbre the conductors particularly appreciate her enormous flexibility and musicality, which has led her to collaborating with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, Antonio Pappano, Christian Thielemann, Placido Domingo and many others.  KS Watson was named Professor of Voice at the Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK) in 2017.

This year KS Watson will share her valuable knowledge and artistic experience as part of a joint Masterclass with Prof. Gerhard Kahry. The Viennese opera - and concert singer was director of the Department of Voice and Music Theatre from 1986 to 1990,  later he became Dean at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. After his successful singing career as a tenor Prof. Kahry has established himself as a prominent singing teacher. Through his pedagogical work numerous young talents found engagements at renowned opera houses.

They will be accompanied by Manfred Schiebel (Univ.Prof. MUK and MDW Vienna) and David Hausknecht (MDW Vienna).

About Gerhard Kahry

Born in Vienna, Austria, first studies and completion in Mechanical Engineering. Completion of studies in Voice classic and teaching- qualification in Vienna (Hochschule für Musik, Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Conservatorio in Milano, Italy)

Teachers:  Maestro Barra - Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milano, Italy

1966 Engagement as First lyric tenor in Vienna/Volksoper, Oberhausen, Saarbrücken. Salzburg, Innsbruck .

Many concerts with “Oratorium - Lied”-Repertoire, performances in Brasil, Canada, USA, Japan, South Korea.

Repertoire: 30 Tenor-parts in International Opera-Houses: Rodolfo, Ferrando, Duca, Max, Tamino, Rinuccio, Alfredo, Faust u.s.w.

1972 prize winner of the International Vocal-competition in Geneve, Switzerland.

Since 1980 head of class for Voice, 1986-1990 head of department Sologesang und musikdramatische Darstellung at the University for Music and performing art in Vienna.

Masterclasses in Japan, Polen, Finnland , Italy, South Korea. 1992 together with Giuseppe Di Stefano in Orvieto (Italy),

Special disciplines: Interpretation of Mozart-Vocalmusic, Belcanto-Style (Responsibility for research and development).

Juror bei Internationalen Gesangswettwerben , u.a. in Warschau und beim Internationalen „Alfredo Kraus-Competition“, “Belvedere-Competition“, „Meran 2000“ u.a.

Since 1996 Coach in Vocal training for the soloists of the Finnish National-Opera in Helsinki.

Since 2006 Coach in Vocal training in the Australian Opera House, Sydney.

Since 2002 Dean of Studies forVoice, Musical Theatre Direction, Performing Art, Film and Television of the University for Music and performing Art in Vienna, Austria.

2006 Masterclass in Seoul, South-Korea - (Mozart-Vocalmusic-Interpretation)

2007 Invititations for Jurorship at the International Vocal-Competition at the National Opera Warsaw, Poland and at the International Competition in Geneve, Switzerland

2008 - 2016 Masterclasses in HongKong, Mianyang (China) South Korea and in Austria and Italy for Vocal-teachers.