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International Masterclass for Lied Duos

April 3 - 7, 2024

Deadline: February 25

Porto - Portugal

Venue: Conservatório de Música do Porto

Timeline for application:

Application period: until February 25, 2024

Notice of the selected duos: until March 1, 2024

Tuition fee must be paid by March 4, 2024


The masterclass is meant for advanced students and professional singer-pianist duos

We do not accept applications from singers or pianists separately. 


To apply, please complete the application form  and send to our email the following documents:

  • individual photos of both singer and pianist (jpeg, pdf, png) and (if available) a duo photo, both with the corresponding photo credits.

  • a biography of both singer and pianist (each bio with max. 1500 characters with spaces, in English or Portuguese, in word-format without any lay-out). Note that your biography must be a written-out text and not a resume.

  • Video link featuring a performance of the duo of 1 song in German, uploaded on YouTube. We recommend a good quality recording, but there won't be restrictions on the means of recording.

  • your programme proposal (at least 3 songs in German from the Romantic and Late Romantic period, one of them must be obligatory by Franz Schubert)

Application closes on February 25, 2024. Applicants will receive a notice before March 1, 2024, whether they have been accepted. 

There will be eight (8) selected duos for the masterclass and a reserve list in case of cancellations.


  • Lied Recitals every day in Porto, Portugal (see the Festival's page)

  • April 3 - Welcoming and German Phonetics Workshop

  • April 4 to 6 - Masterclass sessions with Bernarda Fink

  • April 7 - Final Concert with the selected Duos

Selected Lied Duos are entitled to:

  • Three duo classes (singing and piano) with Bernarda Fink (April 4th, 5th, and 6th);

  • 2 hours of German Phonetics Workshop with Ana Caseiro (April 3rd);

  • Participation in the Final Concert of the Masterclass (April 7th);

  • Video recording of the Final Concert (April 7th);

  • Free admission to all the concerts organized by the Festival;

  • Certificate of Participation in the Course.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. We are happy to assist with the search upon request.

For more information, please refer to the regulations in the Registration Form.

Tuition Fee for selected Duos:

per Lied Duo: 260,00 €

*Reduction for Duos who are studying in Portuguese musical institutions: 200,00 €


50,00 € includes:

  • Active Participation in the German Phonetics Workshop

  • Free admission to every concert organized by the Festival;

Daily Listener: 10,00 € / Day

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Bernarda Fink, daughter of Slovenian parents, was born in Buenos Aires and received her vocal and musical education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón where she performed frequently.

Bernarda Fink is one of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals. She has been acclaimed for her musical versatility and invited by the leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and America. Her repertoire ranges from ancient music up to music of the 20th century. She frequently appears with such well-known orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the best-known Baroque orchestras under such famous conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, René Jacobs, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock,

Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Welser-Möst. She had a close artistic cooperation with Nikolaus Harnoncourt which is testified by numerous TV and CD recordings.

Bernarda Fink has appeared to widespread critical acclaim in Argentina and at the most important opera houses in Europe. Recent highlights were the roles of Cecilio (Lucio Silla) led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien, Idamante (Idomeneo) in a production of Luc Bondy and Jesus Lopez Cobos at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Irene (Theodora) under Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival. She also sang Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Idamante in concert versions under the baton of René Jacobs, both of which were recorded and highly praised. In June 2017, Bernarda Fink made her debut in Debussy´s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Vienna State Opera.

Bernarda Fink regularly appears in recital at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Furthermore Bernarda Fink performed Dvořák and Janacek songs together with the Pavel Haas Quartett at London´s Wigmore Hall, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in Den Haag and in Madrid.

Highlights of the past seasons were, recitals in Cologne, Vienna, Madrid and Paris, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with Mariss Jansons in Copenhagen and with Boston Symphony Orchestra und Andris Nelsons in Boston, Mahler's  Symphony No.3 with Jakub Hrůša in Bamberg and Paris, a tour across South 

America with Camerata Salzburg as well as Dvořáks Biblical Songs with Manfred Honeck in Prague and Dresden and Mahler's Lied von der Erde with the South Netherlands Philharmonic and Hans Graf in the Netherlands.

Bernarda Fink regularly holds master classes at the Wiener Meisterkurse, the Young Singers Project (YSP) in Salzburg, the Academy of the Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Schubert-Institute in Baden (near Vienna), at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Fondation Royaumont. She was also on the jury of the International Song Competition of London Wigmore Hall, the Bach Wettbewerb Leipzig, BBC Cardiff Singers of the World, DAS LIED International Song Competition as well as the ARD Music Competition. In the fall of 2019 Bernarda Fink has been teaching at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music for three months.

Bernarda Fink has made numerous highly acclaimed recordings. Her discography comprises more than 50 releases, ranging from Monteverdi and Rameau to Schubert and Bruckner and Schumann. Many of them have been awarded coveted prizes such as the Diapason d’Or or the Grammy. Bernarda Fink has a close collaboration with Harmonia Mundi. Recent recordings include Bach Cantatas with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Lieder by Schumann with accompanist Anthony Spiri, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and programs with Lieder by Slovenian as well as Argentinian composers together with her brother, the baritone Marcos Fink (Grammy nomination). In  2012, albums of Dvořák Lieder (together with Genia Kühmeier), and with Spanish Songs (de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo and others) again with Anthony Spiri at the piano, were released. Her latest album included Mahler Lieder accompanied by the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstlerorchester and Andrés Orozco-Estrada and by the pianist Anthony Spiri.

In February 2006, Bernarda Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science by the Austrian Chancellor and in February 2013, together with her brother Marcos Fink, the most prestigious cultural award of Slovenia sponsored by the Prešeren-foundation for their recording Slovenija! and the related concerts. In September 2014 she received the title of Österreichische Kammersängerin.

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German Phonetics Workshop – Ana Caseiro: 

Ana Caseiro made her 2022 debut in Vienna and Budapest, performing in the national premieres of Jörg Widmann’s opera "Das Gesicht im Spiegel" and several world premieres in the Opera of Graz. She featured in Luigi Nono's "Prometeo" at the New Opera Days Ostrava Festival and Petr Kotik’s 6-hour music-theater piece, recorded for Czech Radio and performed in New York. In 2023, she starred in R. Strauss's "Elektra" and Oscar Strasnoy's "Geschichte."

In parallel, she has performed roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s "La Bohème" and Branghien in Frank Martin's "Le vin herbé" in Hungary and Portugal. Her repertoire spans from Donizetti to Mozart and Puccini, collaborating with esteemed directors and conductors. She studied singing and specialized in contemporary music performance

at Kunstuniversität Graz. She participated in renowned masterclasses such as the Udo Reinemann International Lied Masterclasses. A founding member of the ensembles "Capítulo" (PT) and "Coincidence" (AT) Ana received scholarships from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundação GDA. Beyond her musical career, she holds a Biology degree and works as a cultural producer.


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Conservatório de Música do Porto

Praça de Pedro Nunes 126, nº 210


Phone: +351 22 207 3250 

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