G. F. Haas: „Thomas“

G. F. Haas: „Thomas“

G. F. Haas: „Thomas“

 
Thinking back to last weeks intense and fulfilling performances of „Thomas“ by G.F.Haas/Händl Klaus. For a those who didn’t make it to see one of the shows here is the press:
„Haas demands an art of expression schooled in classical art song in the two central roles. The baritone Holger Falk sings the part of Thomas, left behind in life, hauntingly, expressively and subtly like a modern song cycle.“ (Abendzeitung München),
„Although doctors, nurses, corpse washers and a garishly eroticised funeral director break up Thomas‘ work of mourning through banal everyday life, none of them can compete with Holger Falk’s primal ego encapsulation. […] Moreover, the play concentrates on the protagonist, who is in constant action for an hour and a half. Which seems to be what really gets the sensitive berserker Holger Falk going. His Thomas cannot at all come to terms with the death of his beloved, he then imagines his resurrection in pain.“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Read more and
„‚Thomas‘ by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus is carried above all by baritone Holger Falk. […] in its concentration on the singing, acting human being, on a chamber intensity, ‚Thomas‘ is also strong. Provided you have such an exceptional performer as Holger Falk. Falk translates the tenderness and condensed emotionality of Händl Klaus‘ verses into singing of the same quality. With a soft, smooth, effortlessly expanding baritone. With great clarity and – basically the ideal case – a speaking that naturally expands into singing.“ (Münchner Merkur)
Photo (c) W. Hösl
 
Interview „Opernwelt“ on the occasion of the premiere of „Thomas

Interview „Opernwelt“ on the occasion of the premiere of „Thomas

Interview „Opernwelt“ on the occasion of the premiere of „Thomas

„Holger Falk is a specialist in new music. He was Lord Byron in „Diodati. Unendlich“ by Michael Wertmüller, the mad king in Peter Maxwell Davies‘ „Eight Songs for a Mad King“, the poet in Manfred Trojahn’s „Ein Brief“ and the suicidal troubadour in Kaija Saariaho’s „L’amour de loin“. In May he embodies the title character „Thomas“ by Georg Friedrich Haas at the Bavarian State Opera.“
Sabine Weber, Opernwelt, April 2022

Photo: Sebastien Brohier

 
Applications for a university professorship at KUG Graz

Applications for a university professorship at KUG Graz

Applications for a university professorship at KUG Graz

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz invites applications for a university professorship for Performance Practice in Contemporary Music Vocal from the summer semester 2023. This professorship expands the master’s programme developed by Holger Falk, which has been in place since 2020/21. Our vision is to provide classically trained singers with a sound education and specialisation in contemporary music.
Colleagues have until 15.6.2022 to apply for the professorship. More information on tasks and qualifications here: https://csc-kug.at/…/mb_22_s_1a_Ausschreibungstext_PPCM…
 
Application deadline for KUG Graz program

Application deadline for KUG Graz program

Application deadline for KUG Graz program

Singers interested in contemporary music can still apply for the Performance Practice in Contemporary Music Vocal degree program until 01.05.2022.
For more information about the program and the application process, check out these links: