POTOČNIK SINGING INSTITUTE
I offer professional singing lessons / voice training for singers, teachers, speakers and anyone who wants to rediscover or improve their voice.
~Want to free your voice and hit the notes cleanly and confidently?
~Do you want to develop your voice in such a way that you can hit and hold the high notes without pressure and feelings of failure?
~Do you want to learn how to breathe properly so you can improve your voice and get more relaxation in everyday life?
~Do you get hoarse when you sing or speak and do you want to avoid it?
Then you've come to the right place, I'll be happy to accompany you and show you how you can develop your voice. I am an a professional opera and concert singer/soprano and I work with a fundamental and natural technique to develop your own voice.
What will you learn?
~Basics of vocal technique
~First singing exercises and breathing technique
~Choosing a song to work on melody
~Rhythm and phrasing
~Expansion of the singing range
~Sound and colors
~Text and interpretation
~Preparation for entrance exam, casting,...
How does it work?
STEP 1: FREE ANALYSIS VIDEO CALL
You will get a short FREE video call with MATEJA personally-she will analyze your situation in detail and answer all your questions about the singing lessons- learning process.
STEP 2: SINGING TRIAL LESSON
After a Video call we will schedule a trial singing lesson in Berlin, Slovenia or an Online lesson.
I am looking very much forward to meet you.
"" I am studying with Mateja for a good year. I am of advanced age. I was not satisfied with my singing voice in a singing circle. This one year of voice exercises, guided by the patience and competence of my teacher Mateja, helped me a lot to strengthen my vocal cords practice. I also enjoy singing with others in a singing circle again and I have gained vocal confidence. The practice session every week is a highlight for me because of Mateja's proving attention. I always feel an improvement in expression and in volume."
"Mateja is great! Yes, that’s it in short. I’m very happy working with her, because she combines several qualities as a teacher, which I value highly: I need to be able to like and harmonize with the person, to achieve true benefit of the teaching. When that part is working, the communication of technique and skills flows easily. Mateja scores highly on both points!
She has a lovely spirit and teaches with patience, yet with steady focus on the task: Helping the student to acquire good singing techniques.
I’m looking forward to more!."
"I've been taking singing lessons with Mateja for over a year and I'm more than enthusiastic. After we initially only dealt with the basics and techniques, I was now able to make the recordings for my first own songs. 2. Structured, experienced and motivating, that's how I would describe Mateja's lessons. Within a very short time I learned to appreciate my own voice. Becoming hoarse and not hitting a note was yesterday."
"Dear Mateja, I came to you to have fun while singing. I had no previous knowledge and knew no grades. You love what you do and it shows in the way you teach. Through your open, positive way you made me come out of myself and dare to sing. I always look forward to the private lessons with you. During the time I'm completely with myself, singing and forgetting everything around me, switch off completely and feel wonderful after every lesson. Thanks"
"Mateja is a super friendly and patient singing teacher. She is professional, reliable and uncomplicated. I am making fast progress with her and always look forward to the lessons!"
"I appreciate Mateja's lessons very much, they are well structured and methodologically varied, the learning atmosphere is relaxed and positive, Mateja adapts to my individual possibilities, I feel supported and motivated. I'm constantly improving my singing technique and have gained more confidence in my voice. With Mateja's guidance, I developed a helpful warm-up routine. Many Thanks!"
"Mateja is a very talented singer and singing teacher. The classes are a lot of fun and even though they are online I don't feel like anything is missing. Mateja is very patient and tries very hard and is happy with me about my progress. In order to be able to practice on my own, I received several piano recordings of the songs we sing, which are very helpful for this. I can only recommend working with her.”
MORE ABOUT ME
Mateja Potočnik, Soprano
MATEJA POTOČNIK, a Slovenian-born lyric soprano, received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in the class of Anna Samuil with the highest distinction.
In 2007, after eight years of piano study, she took her first singing lessons with Dušanka Simonović, while in 2009, her dreams of becoming a professional opera singer took her to the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium Klagenfurt in Austria where she graduated with the highest distinction in the class of Prof. Gabriel Lipuš.
Mateja Potočnik has made appearance around the world, her wide repertoire including operas, operettas, masses and art songs. Extensive collaborations have paired her with orchestras and conductors such as KSO Symphony Orchestra Klagenfurt under the baton of Amos Talmon and Wolfgang Czeipek, SFK – Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Ernest Hoetzl, Domorchester Klagenfurt with Thomas Wasserfaller, Celje String Orchestra and Nenad Firšt, Domzale–Kamnik Symphony Orchestra with Slaven Kulenovic, to name but a few.
She won the Prima la Musica 2010 competition in Austria while she successfully auditioned for the Young Soloists of 2011, making her debut at the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt with KSO Symphony Orchestra Klagenfurt. 2015 saw her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie Lunchtime Concert with excerpts from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In 2017, she sang Mozart’s Krönungsmesse at the Musica Sacra music festival in Klagenfurt and was later invited to give a recital as part of the Young Virtuosi cycle at the Ljubljana Festival, Slovenia, where she debuted at the Križanke Theatre, accompanied by Sascha El Mouissi.
Ms. Potočnik made a successful role debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel as well as Ernestine in Offenbach's Salon Pitzelberger.
In addition to her studies, she has participated in masterclasses and workshops given by eminent opera singers KS Krassimira Stoyanova, KS Kurt Equiluz, KS Bernarda Fink, KS Thomas Quasthoff, Anne Schwanewilms, Martin Bruns, Helena Lazarska and Ronald Pries, while being mentored by Wolfram Rieger, Matthias Samuil, Byron Knutson and Karola Theill.
Ms. Potočnik was granted a scholarship of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture while being the recipient of the ZOIS Scholarship for Exceptionally Gifted Students.