Vera Wenkert: dramatic soprano, voice teacher, coach
Vera Wenkert is one of European top voice coaches. Her musical experience spans 23 years on opera and concert stages in the dramatic vocal fach with 15 years of professional teaching. Vera specializes on vocal technique, performance, acting classes based on Stanislawski method combined with the acting method, developed by her, the beautification and vocal health for singers, and actors.
“The roots of all my wisdom, you all have asked me many times about, are in long term studies when I was young with the luminary speech therapist Maria Summer, Kammersängerin Birgit Nilsson, Kammersängerin Berit Lindhom, Anna Reynolds, Friedrich Gürtler, Francis Sippy, Kammersänger Jean Cox, Richard Trimborn, Siegfried Köhler, Gloria Davy, Kammersängerin Hilde Zadek, Staatsschauspielerin Dagmar von Thomas, Irvin Gage, etc. and the instructors nowadays like David Jones etc. and my studies of different breathing concepts and my psychological studies. And of course, all my career experience from conductors and stage directors I have worked with as a opera singer.
I am member of the Verband Freier Heilpraktiker und Naturärzte. This is why I can work with responsibility on the psychological and breathing issues.”
She has sung more than 30 principal roles on opera stages in Trier, Kaiserslautern, Münster, Nürnberg and Zürich for example Katja Kabanova, Fidelio-Leonore, Madelaine (A.Chenier), Marie Wozzeck, Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Leonora (La Forza del Destino), Abigaille (Nabucco), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Madama Butterfly and Turandot.
Her heart beats for the R. Wagner’s music. Vera Wenkert has brought to life on the opera stages many of his women's figures like in the double role of Venus-Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Sieglinde, Senta, Brünnhilde and not least the Isolde in a concert version in New York.
Highlights of her career are the Marie in Franz Grundheber's first Wozzeck production, Ariadne at the Antiques festival Trier. She has got the prestigious reward of the „Theatermaske der Theaterfreunde Trier“ for her outstanding interpretation of Tosca and Fidelio-Leonore. She was nominated as "Best Singer of the Year" in the magazine "Opernwelt" for her Hedwig in the premiere of „Die Rheinnixen“.
From 2001 to 2011, she has been a member of the jury for the final exams of the vocal students at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. In 2019 she is nominated as coach and voice teacher to the Bassi brugnatelli internationalen conducting and singing symposium in Italy.
2011 she founded her international Institut Stimmkunst in Zürich. Vera is glad that she can give her students a concise, systematic effective approach to voice training based on the Swedish-Italian singing school and on 23 years of stage experience and voice studies and proficiency.
Vera shares her life‘s work and up-to-date voice research.
I have been singing and performing more than 30 big dramatic opera roles on stages and I love to teach every skill in detail to my students.
“Vera Wenkert is a fine dramatic soprano with a great ear for teaching. She is very precise in hearing vocal problems and in offering solutions that get complete results. I strongly recommend Vera Wenkert as a teacher for any singer looking for vocal help and wanting an accurate diagnosis.
Her performance experience also compliments her teaching ability in that she knows languages and stage deportment.”
— David L. Jones, International Vocal Pedagogue, New York