Hedwig Fassbender

Professor of voice

Passion teaching

I have always loved teaching and missed it during periods in my life when I was „only“ performing. The work with young singers in the context of a university and singing challenging roles seemed the perfect balance for me.

But it all started much earlier: about 9 years old, I started helping others with homework, at 14, I gave my first piano-lessons.

Due to my aspiration to become a concert-pianist, I studied piano and musical education in Cologne – only to discover that singing was my real passion.

My vocal studies in Ernst Haefliger’s class in Munic were financed by giving piano lessons. During my last two years in Munich, I taught voice to future schoolteachers, choral directors, and cantors at the same institution.

During my time as a professional singer, I held two professorships – 5 years in Winterthur and 18 years at the Frankfurt State Conservatory (HfMDK).
In 2017, I left the institution to have more time for teaching at Opera-studios and for Coaching other musicians.

It takes intensive and continuous work to build and maintain a voice that will withstand decades in the opera business.  Here there are no quick fixes. The best singing lessons are those that help the singer develop their own distinctive sound and find a way of vocalizing that is consistent with their own personality and artistic tendencies. My teaching ideology is based on respect:

  • for the music
  • for the physical disposition of each singer
  • for the singer’s individual mindset

Masterclasses

Among other things, the challenge for young singers and pianists in opera studios is to intelligently and confidently integrate the input of various guest instructors into their own singing and playing. I am fortunate to be able to work regularly with the young singers and pianists of three very good opera studios, thereby ensuring a certain degree of continuity.

Furthermore I give masterclasses for the Académie de l’Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper Hannover, Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program, and others.

The technical foundations of my teaching are flexible, flowing breath, a slender method of vocalization, and a sensible employment of the resonance cavities.

The goal is to have created a stable technical framework for complete „artistic permeability,“ which will allow the singer to be free in their artistic and musical interpretations, and for them to enjoy a healthy and long-term pursuit of our highly demanding profession.

Exzellenz-Labor

The Exzellenz-Labor Gesang (ExLab Voice), founded in 2014, is especially dear to my heart and I am very proud of the fact, that it has been developing so well. It realizes my vision of the best way to work with young singers AND pianists who are already close to or in their first years of employment.

Exzellenz-Labor Gesang invites experienced, excellent instructors of international reputation who, in addition to their expertise, are able to devote themselves entirely to young musicians.

This laboratory combines individual technical, musical, physical and mental work with team-teaching-units. In  group-sessions we reflect the development in the international opera-business.

The ExLab Voice provides the finishing touch which makes the decisive difference between very good and excellent. By now, it has been attended by over 50 young musicians, whose feedback and development show us that the formula really works.“

PRIVATE LESSONS

….might be a solution if you wish:

  • to prepare a Fach-Change
  • to learn how to live with „your new body“ after pregnancy
  • to get out of an uncomfortable technical situation
  • to get your „Passaggio“ figured out
  • to have a critical ear in order to maintain your good vocal disposition
Private lessons could be held in:
  • Frankfurt, Paris or on Skype

Alumni

These young musicians studied in my studio at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt/Main

 

Björn Bürger

Bariton

Björn Bürger

Bariton

2009-2013 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Ekaterina Aleksandrova

Mezzosopran

Ekaterina Aleksandrova

Mezzosopran

2014-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Jana Baumeister

Sopran

Jana Baumeister

Sopran

2012-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Gurgen Baveyan

Bariton

Gurgen Baveyan

Bariton

2013–2015 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

 

Nohad Becker

Mezzosopran

Nohad Becker

Mezzosopran

2008-2012  Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Judith Christ

Mezzosopran, Alt

Judith Christ

Mezzosopran, Alt

2002-2005 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Andrea Cueva Molnar

Sopran

Andrea Cueva Molnar

Sopran

2013-2017 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

 

Esther Dierkes

Sopran

Esther Dierkes

Sopran

2009-2015 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Sandrine Droin

Sopran

Sandrine Droin

Sopran

2014 – 2016 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Maren Favela

Mezzosopran

Maren Favela

Mezzosopran

2007-2011 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Stine Marie Fischer

Alt

Stine Marie Fischer

Alt

2008-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Samantha Gaul

Sopran

Samantha Gaul

Sopran

2008-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Julian Habermann

Tenor

Julian Habermann

Tenor

2013–2017 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Martha Jordan

Mezzosopran

Martha Jordan

Mezzosopran

2013-2017 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Kateryna Kasper

Sopran

Kateryna Kasper

Sopran

2010-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Sebastian Kohlhepp

Tenor

Sebastian Kohlhepp

Tenor

2006-2011 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Jennifer Kressmann

Sopran

Jennifer Kressmann

Sopran

2008-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Katharina Kutsch

Sopran

Katharina Kutsch

Sopran

1999-2001  Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Katharina Magiera

Alt

Katharina Magiera

Alt

2003-2007 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Ruzan Mantashyan

Sopran

Ruzan Mantashyan

Sopran

2012-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Marian Leonid Müller

Bariton

Marian Leonid Müller

Bariton

2009-2013 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Sofia Pavone

Mezzosopran

Sofia Pavone

Mezzosopran

2010-2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Christos Pelekanos

Bariton

Christos Pelekanos

Bariton

2007–2013 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Gustavo Quaresma

Tenor

Gustavo Quaresma

Tenor

2006–2010 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Marie Seidler

Mezzosopran

Marie Seidler

Mezzosopran

2012-2016 bei Hedwig Fassbender

Jolana Slavíková

Sopran

Jolana Slavíková

Sopran

2014-2017 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Marie Smolka

Sopran

Marie Smolka

Sopran

2005 – 2009 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Linda Sommerhage

Mezzosopran

Linda Sommerhage

Mezzosopran

2001-2006 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Keith Bernard Stonum

Tenor

Keith Bernard Stonum

Tenor

2012–2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Miroslav Stričević

Bassbariton

Miroslav Stričević

Bassbariton

2014–2016 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Themis Basdekis

Tenor

Themis Basdekis

Tenor

2012–2014 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

 

Aoife Gibney

Sopran

Aoife Gibney

Sopran

2016-2017 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Johannes Weiss

Tenor

Johannes Weiss

Tenor

2002–2006 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

Jianhua Zhu

Mezzosopran

Jianhua Zhu

Mezzosopran

1999-2002 Studium bei Hedwig Fassbender

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