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JUMP-START your 2020

with an intensive series of Masterclasses from some of Australia's finest.

With world-renowned operatic directors and coaches, as well as classical music experts and Artistic managers, focus on your development with XL Arts inc.

the Mentors and Masterclasses
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Andrew Sinclair

Unlocking the Drama

Work with renowned director Andrew Sinclair to maximise your interpretation, nuance, drama and communication in your aria. With more than 30 years’ experience across Europe. The USA and Australia including ROH Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Australia and an incredible depth of repertoire, this is for those looking to take artistry to the next level.

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Simon Kenway

Conductor, Pianist


Liane Keegan

Contralto, Vocal Teacher


Lee Abrahmsen


Vocal Masterclasses

Focus on your vocal development with internationally renowned contralto Liane Keegan, award-winning rising star Lee Abrahmsen or brilliant conductor and coach Simon Kenway. With any of these masters, the sky’s the limit.

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Conductor, Author, Artistic Director

Paul Kildea

The Music of Benjamin Britten

Award-winning Britten expert, conductor and pianist Paul Kildea will lead a masterclass in the interpretation of renowned composer Benjamin Britten. Gain new insight into the vocal music from this composer so regularly featured in concert programs and opera house repertoire from the world’s leading expert.


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Composer, Pianist, Artistic Director

Stefan Cassomenos

Working with Accompanists

From audition rooms, coaching, performance duo’s and ensembles and so much more, a good pianist is worth their weight in gold. Find out how to get the most out of working with your accompanist, associate artist, partner, repetiteur or coach with award-winning pianist, associate artist, coach, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos.

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Artist Manager

Kathryn Morrison

Auditioning for Agents

Hear directly from the agent on your audition package with this opportunity to audition and get direct feedback from Artist Manager Kathryn Morrison (Kathryn Morrison Management). Gain industry knowledge and feedback on the presentation skills and audition materials you have worked on in earlier sessions and some goals for your future. 

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Conductor, Artistic Director

Alan Cook

Italian Recitative

Recitative is considered to be as important, if not more so, than the arias and ensembles in many operas. Focus on this often-neglected aspect of your singing, but one that informs your character, language, singing and career.

Working with Conductors

Discover how to maximise your relationship with any Maestro and how you can help each other to develop a beautiful performance. Covering common pitfalls, communication, your preparation, and everything to look for, this is the class for those wanting to work with any orchestra, or stage.


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Conductor, Teacher

Patrick Burns

Preparing for Auditions

First impressions count, so hear directly from international conductor and frequent audition panellist Patrick Burns on how to maximise your impression and get the gig. Get live feedback on every aspect of the audition process so you can present the best YOU that you can be.

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The Performance

Showcase Concert

On 16th February, show off your hard work in this gala concert. Share what you have been working on during the Masterclass series. The concert will be held at thriving concert venue Tempo Rubato.

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