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Opera Master Class with Dame Malvina Major

Jun 14

Presented by: Tauranga Opera Forum

We are extremely honoured to have on our programme this year a master class with our scholarship student taken by Dame Malvina Major.

What is a Master Class?

“A master class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—usually music, but also singing, painting,drama, any of the arts, or on any other occasion where skills are being developed

The difference between a normal class and a master class is typically the setup. In a master class, all the students (and often spectators) watch and listen as the master takes one student at a time.The student (typically intermediate or advanced, depending on the status of the master) usually performs a single piece which they have prepared, and the master will give them advice on how to play it, often including anecdotes about the composer, demonstrations of how to play certain passages, and admonitions of common technical errors. The student is then usually expected to play the piece again, in light of the master’s comments, and the student may be asked to play a passage repeatedly to attain perfection. Master classes for musical instruments tend to focus on the finer details of attack, tone, phrasing, and overall shape, and the student is expected to have complete control of more basic elements such as rhythm and pitch. The value of the master class setup is that all students can benefit from the master’s comments on each piece.

Many concert performers have given master classes, starting with its inventor Franz Liszt and including such greats as Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Vladimir Horowitz. Often, a touring performer will give a master class the day before, or the day of, their performance in a particular city. Giving a master class before a concert provides both artistic stimulation for the performer and a means of obtaining a larger audience.

Aspiring classical musicians, and their teachers, typically consider master classes to be one of the most effective means of musical development, along with competitions, examinations, and practice.

Some musical theatre composers will also give master classes to college students studying performance.”


The Master class that will be given by Dame Malvina Major is an outstanding opportunity for our TOF members to see and hear a world celebrity working with our Scholarship students. We are extremely lucky with this.

Contact johnhodgson@xtra.co.nz for more information.


Jun 14
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Tauranga Opera Forum
027 284 9738