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Louis Otey

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - November 4 @ 8:00 pm

Artistic Director and Founder of The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

A major stage personality noted for his incisive interpretations, in a career which spans more than 40 years, Louis Otey has performed with the leading opera companies of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera and, in Europe, with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Opera de Geneve and the Royal Danish Opera.

Besides performing in leading theaters of the world, Mr. Otey has performed with some of the finest artists and conductors of our time. He has sung under the batons of James Levine, Anthony Pappano, Richard Bonynge, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Nicola Rescigno, and Zubin Mehta. Renowned artists with whom he has shared the stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jon Vickers, Grace Bumbry, Cornell MacNeil, Joan Sutherland, Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna, Anna Netrebko, Marylin Horne and Frederica von Stade. Louis Otey is a co-founder and the artistic director of The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Since its inception in 2009, the Festival of the Voice has welcomed more than 50,000 attendees, produced major operas and musicals with some of the world’s biggest stars (Lucas Meachem, Barry Banks, Morris Robinson, John Osborn, Elizabeth Futral, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Richard Troxell, Susan Powell, Richard White, Lee Roy Reams, Rosalind Elias and Ron Raines) and transforms a town of 350 inhabitants into a world renowned performance venue.


Course Description:
A two day workshop Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4th from 6:00- 8:00pm. Workshop fee: $400 per participant

    This short course is designed for singers who act as well as actors who sing! The techniques of singing AND acting strongly, resonantly, expressively, naturally and honestly do not always go together. However, I am ready to help you understand how they can!

 Learn how iconic singers like Maria Callas, Teresa Stratas (no, you don’t have to be Greek!!!), Sir Thomas Allen and Placido Plácido Domingo synthesized singing that filled opera houses with no amplification and acting that touched the soul of audiences in a natural, unexaggerated and convincing manner. It’s not easy yet it can be if you learn the right techniques.

Day One

  • A. Natural, supported breathing and learning to speak/sing on the breath.
  • B. Projecting your voice and the text

Day Two

  • A. Blending the text with the music and projecting both- naturally!
  • B. Understanding character through the vocal line/music

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November 3 @ 6:00 pm
November 4 @ 8:00 pm


Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice


24 Main @ Phoenicia Voice Festival
24 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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