●Masterclass half-hour lessons

●Technique Talks + Q&A

●Guest Speakers

●Participation in Closing Concert

MIKE’S TECH TALKS All talks with video and audio examples

Lost in Translation: Why some of the great divas say they don’t use chest voice.
Continuously Variable Registration (CVR): The key to seamless singing
Opening up about Occlusion
Reverse lessons: (discussing pre-recorded lessons, starting with result first)

Barbara Dever Guest speaker: “Bringing the technique to the stage”
“Working on vocal technique with Michael Warren for almost 30 years has provided me with a 25 year
career at the Metropolitan Opera and the opportunity to sing leading roles with major opera companies throughout the world. I still work with Mike and find extreme joy in being able to sing even now in my mid 60’s. There is no end to this joy of singing!”

Brett Polegato Guest speaker: “Never stop growing! From La Scala at 28 to the Met at 51”
“I had been singing professionally for 25 years before I started working with Michael Warren. Thanks to him I was able to continue my artistic and technical journey. We had only been working together a few months when I was asked by Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin to sing Amfortas in Parsifal. I prepared the role with Mike and because of this performance, I will make my Met debut in 2019 at the age of 51. With the proper guidance, you never stop growing!”

Marianne Bendig Guest speaker: “Retraining the Voice at 49” “When I found Michael Warren, the most important journey in singing began for me. During my career I had nodules three times, edema, and a hemorrhaged cord. My voice is now stronger than ever and more capable than I think I actually dreamed it could be. I can sing an aria, a jazz standard, a Mahler song, or my favorite Johnny Cash tune and feel no vocal fatigue. Now I am also capable of helping my students in the most meaningful ways to gain the same skills, and I’m stepping out as a soloist again. It’s never ever too late!”

Dr. John Craig Johnson Guest speaker: “Bringing the technique to competitions.” “Thanks to concepts and skills I gleaned from attending four of Dr. Warren’s intensives, in the last nine years 17 of my students have won 40 awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (including 10 first-place wins). Many others have won prizes in NATS and other competitions. Dr. Warren’s vocal intensives are intense transformational experiences that serve both singers and pedagogues.”

William Lewis (piano)
All lessons and performances will be accompanied by Bill Lewis. The opportunity to collaborate musically with Bill is an outstanding benefit of the Vocal Intensive.