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IRENA SYLYA (Director of OPERA PANAMA) - Master Class-Vocal Technique, Expression for the Stage and Audition Training

GEORGE THOMAS - Tuning the body - the singer´s instrument


DATE: 15– 17th May, 2015



INFO and APPLICATION:,, 00420 777 145 148

Application deadline: April 10,2015



May, 15th

12:00 - 16:00

May, 16th

10:00 – 13:00

15:00 – 20:00

May, 17th

10:00 – 15:00

18:00 – concert



“IRENA SYLYA’s theatrical daring is downright startling…commanding the stage and the score,” proclaims the Los Angeles Times; and is "truly fascinating both vocally and theatrically," states the Volksstimme, Magdeburg, of her performances in the title   role of the American and German premier of Thomas Ades’ new opera Powder Her Face.  Her World Premiere of Berthold Goldschmidt’s BEATRICE CENCI was acclaimed in the Feuilleton of the Hannover Allgemeine as “once again the highlight of a very exciting musical evening [Irena Sylya’s aria 'Time' in the second act].”  As Turandot, the Neue Merker in Vienna finds her “sure and uncompromising in her role of the ice princess.  Dramatic soprano, Irena Sylya, with her brilliant high notes and warm well-carrying lower register, portrayed a Turandot we could truly experience as a real woman.”

Irena Sylya made her European debut in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Naples, Italy, with the RAI orchestra which immediately gained her critical acclaim for her “warm, rich tone. She interpreted the role in all its shining nuances.” (Il Mattino, Naples)

Her performance of KUNDRY in PARSIFAL for the Bregenz International Richard Wagner Music Congress was highly praised: “Ms. Sylya possesses a brilliantly shining dramatic voice, which easily soars over the orchestra. Her superb, dramatic interpretation of “Kundry” encompassed all the emotions from sinner to penitent.”  (Kultur, Bregenz).

Ms. Sylya’s international career includes her creation of the role of the Kaiserin in Baumgartner’s opera MARIA THERESIA in the televised performance in Szeged Festival in Hungary, October, 2012 as well as performances of KOSTELNICKA in JENUFA in Tel-Aviv, Verdi’s REQUIEM in Kassel and Alaska and GEORGETTE in Puccini’s IL TABARRO for Texas Public Television.  She prepared her first ORTRUD in LOHENGRIN with Sir Charles Mackerras for the San Francisco Opera.

In 2013 Ms. Sylya performed the Wesendonck Lieder as well as Amneris in AIDA in Panama to celebrate the 200th birthday of the two great composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

Ms. Sylya is renowned for her Master Classes in the United States, Austria, Costa Rica, Panama, Italy, Mexico and Perú.  She also has a vocal retreat in Panama for professional singers.

While still in the United States, Irena Sylya was selected for the ACOT award for dramatic interpretation for her performance as MAGDA in Gian Carlo Menotti’s THE CONSUL. Her first professional engagements in the United States were as a soloist with the Houston Chamber Singers where her repertoire included Finzi’s IN TERRA PAX (for soprano and baritone), the world premiere of Shickele’s OEDIPUS TEX, Britten’s A CEREMONY OF CAROLS and Copland’s IN THE BEGINNING.

Ms. Sylya trained as an oboist and continued her musical studies when she was awarded a vocal scholarship by Birmingham Southern College where she obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. She then won a scholarship for and completed her Master’s Degree in Voice and Opera Performance at the

University of Texas. Among her mentors are Elena Nikolaidi, Astrid Varnay, Renata Scotto, Paola Molinari and Franco Corelli. She studied drama with the Actors Institute of New York.

As the General director since 2008 of Fundación Ópera Panamá,   Her duties have included stage direction of LA TRAVIATA, producing operas and training the singers.



As an attorney in Georgia, Mr. Thomas served as advisor to alternative health practitioners. Subsequently he closed his practice to dedicate his life to teaching natural healing.  After his three year apprenticeship with a Native American Medicine Man in Black Mountain, North Carolina; his

studies and training led him to the Native Medicine Healers in the Rain Forests of Central America, the Healers of Africa and the highest Buddhist Monks as well as Traditional European Healers along his pathway of bringing together the traditions of East and West. Hismessage is that of simplicity. His mission is to share the methods, tools and techniques he has gathered in a manner that everyone can understand and use. In this way, everyone is capable of discovering his or her own personal power, for “When we are able to live in our own personal power, there is no more need for us to be sick, angry or hurt as people, families or Nations.” Understanding that MIND and BODY are not “connected” but actually the same entity which CANNOT be separated and only viewed from different angles, George Thomas teaches how to change the Mind by changing the Body and how to change the Body by changing the Mind, thus bringing our BODY/MIND into health and happiness.

Mr. Thomas also discovered that these simple but powerful methods can be invaluable to musicians and athletes.  Specializing in opera singers, Mr. Thomas tunes the opera singer´s instrument—the human body.  One of his methods, adjusting the body and releasing the energy that is stuck in certain areas or chakras, allows the body its freedom to vibrate at its best potential.  Mr. Thomas also works with images and releasing stage fright and many other challenges facing the performer.  This is especially exciting work for Mr. Thomas because the change is immediately recognizable in the sound.  Mr. Thomas has participated in vocal Master Classes in Europe, the United States, Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as working individually with opera stars in major houses.



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