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Mission Statement


Opera, the complex art form, has fascinated people from all cultural circles for more than 400 years. The directness of the moment and the fusion of literature and composition as expressed by the human voice spark curiosity, phantasy and emotions – but opera also reflects the world and human existence.


Melanie Diener, worldwide acclaimed soprano from Waiblingen, and American baritone Thomas Hampson, one of the most important singers of our time, invitate – for the second time – to an opera workshop in Waiblingen to the outstanding singers of the new generation who are at the interface between their studies and profession.
Participation is free of charge and will be advertised. Selection criteria are work samples, education and references. 8-10 singers will then work one week every day with Melanie Diener and Thomas Hampson in mostly public master classes. Technique, expression and presentation should be in the foreground to promote the artistic development with regard to a professional career.

The course participants, to be housed with the region’s guest families, will perform briefly in public places as part of the framework program. An encounter without fear of crossing a threshold and intercultural exchange should be facilitated in this way.


The opera workshop is for everyone, the entire city should be the stage for it. Invitations to schools in order to acquaint children and youths to the opera art form are being planned. The aim is to interest, in particular, young audiences through this “peek through the keyhole”. The master classes are expected to be broadcast LIVE on the internet via Thomas Hampson‘s HAMPSONG FOUNDATION server, thereby promoting the city of Waiblingen in the long term as a musical location of nationwide importance.


The WAIBLINGEN INTERNATIONAL OPERA WORKSHOP should take place every year in the future.


The big final concert with Melanie Diener, Thomas Hampson and ALL COURSE PARTICIPANTS will take place on November 28 in the Ghibelline Hall of the Waiblingen civic center. The members of the Stuttgart Philharmonic with its great chief conductor Dan Ettinger are the resident orchestra of the opera workshop.

The large county seat of Waiblingen with its approx. 56,000 inhabitants is an important financial, cultural and college location in the Stuttgart metropolitan area, one of Europe’s most powerful economic regions. Waiblingen, the city on the Rems River, is known for its picturesque old town with Mediterranean flair, the idyllic Talaue landscape park – a nearby recreational area in the heart of the city – and excellent art and cultural centers such as the Galerie Stihl Waiblingen and the Waiblingen civic center.
The Waiblingen civic center, located directly before the gates of the old town in the middle of the Talaue, is a center for music and theater, literature and dance. With its concert and theater program in which artists of national and international rank perform, it is one of the most renowned cultural centers in southern Germany.

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