Hawkins chosen for Austria opera workshop

June 3, 2014

hawkins2smA Bryan music major has been chosen for one of four singing roles in a Mozart opera in Salzburg, Austria, this summer, a production of the Austrian American Mozart Academy, a branch of the Franco-American Vocal Academy.

Caitlin Hawkins Caitlin Hawkins, a Bryan vocal performance major, will sing the role of Madame Goldnetrille in Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor” (The Impresario) as part of a month-long workshop in July and August.

Kimberly Keck, assistant professor of music and Caitlin’s voice teacher, said, “This is an outstanding accomplishment for an outstanding young singer. The FAVA is recognized as one of the leading international programs for developing musicians, with an impressive list of alumni who have distinguished themselves on stage and in the concert hall.”

Caitlin said she learned about the opportunity reading the program for an opera she attended in Knoxville, Tenn., her home town. “I applied to be part of the (Austria) program, not for a particular role, but I did send a list of roles I have sung (with the application) and that may have helped.” Last year in Bryan’s opera workshop, she sang the same role in English she will sing in German this summer.

In addition to preparing for performances of the opera, Caitlin and other workshop participants will take voice lessons, study role interpretation and be coached in German language for singers.

Although she grew up singing and was active in every choir her church had, she “didn’t start singing classical music—certainly not opera—until I came to Bryan. This opened a whole new world to me, and I fell in love with it. I just love the whole classical genre. I love performing opera because I get to focus on building a character and the drama of the plot. This role (Madam Goldnertrille) is a real diva, stuck up and malicious. She does things I would never do and that makes it even more fun.”

“Caitlin is a talented, hard working young woman with a bright future as a musician,” Mrs. Keck said. “Programs such as the Austrian American Mozart Academy help to prepare young singers for the opera field through rigorous study. I am very excited to see Caitlin grow through the experiences that she will gain at the Academy.”

While she is excited about the professional opportunity the trip affords, Caitlin sees a higher purpose. “I want to go into musical performance because I see that community as a mission field. I’m looking at this as something of a missions trip. I’ll be living with three other girls and want to be a Christian witness to them.”