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Friday 17 - Sunday 26 May 2019



In May 2019 the fourth edition of the International Lied Festival Zeist takes place. This year’s theme is ‘Invitation au voyage’. For ten days, artistic director Robert Holl takes visitors and listeners on an unforgettable journey alongside the song cultures of France, England, Russia, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. Like the first three editions, focus is on poets. In 2019, the work of Heinrich Heine and Paul Verlaine will be worked on.


Master course

The master course starts Sunday May 19th with a lecture by composer and musicologist Leo Samama. The Presentation Recital is planned on Saturday May 25th.

Cooperation with Internationaal Vocalisten Concours

Friday May 17th, the First Round of the Lied Duo Competition of the Internationaal Vocalisten  Concours (IVC) will take place in the Churchhall of the Evangelische Broedergemeente. For participants in the International Lied Festival Zeist Master Course, which starts Sunday May 19th, this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the First Round of IVC. Information about application conditions of IVC, see



Masters focussing on French art song are Elly Ameling and Malcolm Martineau, while Ann Murray, Julius Drake and Robert Holl are concerned with German art song. Performance coach is Waltraud Österreicher.


‘The millions of people around the world that have had the privilege of hearing Elly Ameling sing, experienced a beauty and authenticity that is truly unforgettable. The lucky few who know her as a teacher experienced a powerful encounter, equally rare, sophisticated and transforming’ Deen Larsen commemorated at Elly Ameling’s 80th birthday. Elly Ameling needs no further introduction, she was a world-renowned singer of art song and as teacher she is still much in demand all over the world.


British pianist Julius Drake is a highly acclaimed musician who specialized in accompanying art song. He was trained at the Royal College of Music and teaches there now himself. Since 2010 he is also engaged by Graz University in Austria. Julius Drake is a charismatic teacher with great passion for art song. He programmes and performs all over the world. Critics and a wide audience praise his recordings.


Robert Holl is one of the most important singers and pedagogues of our times. He is famous for his view on expression and singing, which starts with the texts. In the master course he stimulates the musicians to reach a higher level of expression by using the power of their imagination. Thorough understanding of the literary qualities and psychological subtlety of the texts is key in his approach.


Pianist Malcolm Martineau is viewed as one of the most important song accompanists of our time. He worked with the most noted singers such as Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson, Dame Felicity Lott and Anne Sofie von Otter. In Wigmore Hall in London and during Edinburgh Festival he is responsible for programming art song series. In 2011 he acted as artistic director of the Leeds Lieder+ Festival.


Irish mezzosoprano Ann Murray sang many great opera parts in Great Britain and all over the world. In 2002 she was granted a royal award by Queen Elisabeth. Ann Murray teaches in many different masterclasses. Since 2010 she is a teacher of song at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with which she helds an honorary doctorate for almost 20 years.


German actress Waltraud Österreicher describes herself as ‘passionate, competent, exciting and structured’. After extensive research she has developed a method to make professional performances more interesting and more successful. During the master course she works with the duos to achieve a presentation that is impressive and will stay in the memory of the audience!


Application and admission

The International master course aims at singer-pianist duos at a (pre-)professional level. Applications can be sent by e-mail:


A curriculum vitae mentioning professional education and biographical information (max. 300 words), a recent photo and a recent recording should be included. The recording should comprise of three songs, of which one in German and one in French, preferably out of the list of repertoire mentioned below.


Based on the recording, Elly Ameling and Robert Holl decide about admission. Applicants will be informed within a few weeks, April 22th, 2019 at the latest.


Closing date for applications is April 15th, 2019.


Compulsory repertoire

In preparation of the master course, duos are asked to comprise a programme with three German songs based on poems by Heine, three French songs, two songs of Schubert and possibly one extra song of free choice. The list of compulsory repertoire is on the last pages of this information brochure. On this list you will also find six songs on poems by Heine from Schubert’s Schwanengesang. For the songs of free choice you can choose from Schubert’s entire repertoire. This means it is possible to prepare five Schubert songs (with a minimum of three chosen from the list).


Costs and accommodation

Participants are asked to pay a fee of € 395,= each. This fee is payable after admission, but before May 1st, 2019 at bank number NL03 SNSB 0925 0975 43, attn. Stichting Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist in Zeist, mentioning ‘participation master course’.

Participation is final after the fee is received by the festival organization and will be cancelled automatically if the fee is not received before May 1st, 2019. Master course participants are welcome to stay in guest families in Zeist from May 18th till May 26th.

During the master course, drinks and lunch is provided.



  • Participants are asked to sing by heart during the master course.
  • When participants are not trained themselves, they are expected to be present in the audience during the master course.
  • Participants are granted a festival pass for free admission to all concerts and recitals.
  • Participants can be asked to perform during concerts on Sunday May 26th on various locations in Zeist.


Master course 2019 compulsory repertoire

German Lieder

Texts: Heinrich Heine


Robert Schumann

  • Dichterliebe op.48
  • Liederkreis op.24
  • Du bist wie eine Blume op.25 nr.24
  • Was will die einsame Träne op.25 nr.21
  • Die Lotosblume op.25 nr.7
  • Dein Angesicht op.127 nr.2
  • Mein Wagen rollet langsam op.142 nr.4
  • Die feindlichen Brüder op.49 nr.2
  • Die beiden Grenadiere op.49 nr.1
  • Der arme Peter op.53 nr.3a/3b/3c
  • Abends am Strande op.45 nr.3
  • Belsazar op.57
  • Tragödie I op.64 (S+T)
  • Tragödie II op.64 (S+T)


Clara Schumann

  • Ich stand in dunklen Träumen op.13 nr.1


Johannes Brahms

  • Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht op.96 nr.1
  • Es schauen die Blumen op.96 nr.3
  • Meerfahrt op.96 nr.4
  • Sommerabend + Mondenschein op.85 nr.1/ nr.2
  • Es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze op.71 nr.1


Franz Liszt

  • Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam S309
  • Die Lorelei S273
  • Vergiftet sind meine Lieder S289


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • Reiselied op.34 nr.6
  • Auf Flügeln des Gesanges op.34 nr.2
  • Neue Liebe op .19a/4
  • Gruß op.19a nr.5
  • Verlust op.9 nr.10


Franz Schubert

  • Aus dem ‘Schwanengesang’  D 957
  • Das Fischermädchen
  • Am Meer
  • Die Stadt
  • Der Doppelgänger
  • Ihr Bild
  • Der Atlas


French Lieder

Texts: Paul Verlaine


Gabriel Fauré

  • Claire de lune op.46 nr.2
  • Spleen op.51 nr.3
  • Mandoline op.58 nr.1
  • En sourdine op.58 nr.2
  • Green op.58 nr.3
  • A Clymène op.58 nr.4
  • C’est l’extase langoureuse op.58 nr.5
  • Prison op.83 nr.1


  • La Bonne Chanson op.61

1. Une sainte en son auréole

2. Puisque l’aube grandit

3. La lune blanche luit dans les bois

4. J’allais par des chemins perfides

5. J’ai presque peur, en vérité

6. Avant que tu ne t’en ailles

7. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été

8. N’est-ce pas?

9. L’hiver a cessé


Claude Debussy

  • Ariettes oubliées L.63

1. C’est l’extase langoureuse

2. Il pleure dans mon cœur

3. L’ombre des arbres

4. Paysages belges (Cheveaux de bois)

5. Aquarelles I Green

6. Aquarelles II Spleen


  • Fêtes galantes, premier recueil L.80

1. En sourdine

2. Fantoches

3. Clair de lune


  • Fêtes galantes, deuxieme recueil L.104

1. Les ingénus

2. Le Faune

3. Colloque sentimental


  • Mandoline L.29



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