Manuela Ochakovski – Soprano / Opera Singer – Subject/Subjects Offered: Vocal Coaching / Breath Technique Based On Belcanto / Repertoire Coaching For Singers / Vocal Repair /Breathe Technique For Musicians – Classes Offered: One On One Lessons / Masterclasses / Workshops / Seminar
The soprano Manuela Ochakovski is of Romanian origin. She graduated with honors from the musicacademy in Iasi (Romania). After her studies she was coached by dramatic soprano Magdalena Cononovici who studied with Gina Cigna and by Prof. George-Emil Crasnaru who was a student of Mario del Monaco. Following her studies, she was employed from 1986 to 1991 as an opera singer at the State Opera of Timisoara (Romania) where she, among others, sang the roles of Queen of the night, Gilda, Olympia and Rosina. During this period she was frequently invited by the most important Romanian symphony orchestras for gala-concerts and tv appearances. In the two subsequent seasons she sang as a guest at the Städtischen Bühnen ” in Regensburg as Gilda in ‘Rigoletto’ and Lucia in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor ‘. From 1993 to August 2000 she was connected with the Oldenburg State Theatre where she built up a large repertoire, including the role of Sophie (‘Der Rosenkavalier’, directed by Brigitte Fassbender) and Rosina (‘Il barbiere di Seviglia’, with Dietrich Henschel as Figaro). She obtained a great success in the world premiere ‘An den schönen blauen Donau’ by Franz Hummel (conductor Peter Kuhn, director H. Lukas-Kindermann) in Dortmund and two premieres in Stuttgart with the Stuttgarter Philharmonie (conductor Lothar Zagrosek). In Frankfurt am Main she sang the role of Leila in ‘Die Wände’ by Adriana Hölszky (conductor Bernhard Kontarsky, director Hans Hollmann). She filled in the season 2001-2002 in the Staatstheater Hannover one of the leading roles in the spectacular world premiere of John Cage’s Europeras I-‘ V ‘ (conductor Johannes Harneit, director Nigel Lowery). In 2002 she was engaged as a soloist at the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin, as Isolde in ‘Le vin herbé’ by Frank Martin. Manuela Ochakovski works closely with the composers H.J. Hespos, Adriana Hölszky and Violeta Dinescu. Many concert tours brought her to Italy, the United States, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Guest appearances and concerts were booked in Regensburg, Trier, Lübeck, Rostock, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Weingarten, Aachen, Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. There are several radio recordings made by Manuela Ochakovski’s rendition of the music of H.J. Hespos at the Südwestfunk and Radio Bremen. In addition to her career as a performing musician Manuela Ochakovski is already active as a singing teacher since 1986. Her singing studio ‘il Portamento’ grows slowly to an international reputation. In addiction to the singers from the Netherlands many others from Belgium, Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Canada have already found their way to ‘il Portamento’. Some of them are now employed as a soloist on national and international stages. She frequently works in Brussels and London and is the vocal coach and counsellor for professional singers such as Hilary Summers, Rosemary Joshua and Marie Angel.
“La cultura è un bene comune come l’acqua; i teatri le biblioteche i cinema sono come tanti acquedotti.” (Claudio Abbado)
Coach Language: English/Italian/French/Dutch/Romanian
ONE ON ONE LESSONS: Vocal coaching / Breath technique based on Belcanto / Manuela is working also with: HORN PLAYERS, SAXOPHONE, FLUTE AND CLARINET PLAYERS on the Breath Balance. BALANCING: finding the right balance in the body, breath, emission and projection and apply it on the repertoire.
ONE ON ONE LESSONS: Repertoire coaching for singers
Nick De Bodt –
In my opinion Manuela is one of the top vocal teachers in the world. She boosts your singing skills in every lesson. She knows exactly how to correct you because she is completely involved in your singing and hears literally everything. Her lessons have helped me enormously and are a great experience!