Les Nuits de Chéronne : from pedagogy to stage
Created in 2011 by the reputed vocal coach, Raphael Sikorski, “Les Nuits de Chéronne” festival is, more than anything, a festival highlighting the pedagogy of singing.
In the luxurious setting of Chéronne castle, 16 advanced level or professional singers from France and the rest of Europe will work under Raphael Sikorski ‘s watchful eye on their vocal technique and repertoire, assisted by a choral director and piano accompanist. This master class allows singers to prepare their repertoire in a calm and serene setting. From the coursework of this week, two concerts will be performed, offering the opportunity to the artists to present the result of their pedagogical work to the public.
Raphael Sikorski’s work being based on the pedagogy of the voice; his goal has always been to put together a team which could showcase the different aspects of a singer’s work including vocal technique, work on the repertoire with the pianist collaborator, work with the director, lighting, costumes, etc.
Nonetheless, this is no mere conservatory exercise. All of the students are young professionals at the beginning of their careers. Some of them come from the Opera-Comique or have been training with Raphael Sikorski. Others are selected during auditions.