For the inaugural edition, the Foundations and Juilliard turned to the celebrated bass-baritone José van Dam and Denise Massé, a vocal coach the New York Metropolitan Opera. Four singers and one pianist, this year’s students took advantage of a dense week of professional training in the intimacy of the Paris Opera’s Studio Bastille. Though from three continents and differing musical traditions, the five students are all representative of Juilliard’s and our vision of excellence and cross-cultural exchange.
The program’s curriculum was a thoughtful collection of French and American composers who had studied or lived in France – a repertoire that drew on the residency’s Paris home as well as Juilliard’s existing curriculum. And as the genre’s unanimously recognized master, José van Dam was in a unique position to provide insight and inspiration to the students.
The closing concert was held in the 19th century salons of the Jacquemart-André Musuem under the attentive eye of Monsieur van Dam and Madam Massé and one hundred other awed guests. It was an unforgettable night of conviviality, panache and professionalism.
Delighted with the success of the first edition, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations look forward to further deepening our relationship with Juilliard, especially through this residency program that captures our shared values of transmission, openness and excellence.