Hervé

Actor

French Language Coaching

Individual & group COACHING


PHOTO: Pierre Brunel

PHOTO: Pierre Brunel


MY EXPERIENCE

As a native French speaker, tutor and a singer, I specialise in providing French coaching to opera singers. My longstanding experience as a French coach has given me a solid understanding of the challenges that non-native speakers face while singing opera and melody in French.

INDIVIDUAL & GROUP COACHING

My coaching is aimed at professional and semi-professional singers with a prior knowledge of French and an interest in the French repertoire. Sessions are ideal for those who have an upcoming audition, competition, concert or opera performance.

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During French language coaching we will:

  • Focus on your pronunciation, diction and the patterns of stress and intonation in the language

  • Consider the language in relationship to your voice, the music and the meaning of the text (my background as a classical singer and actor is extremely useful for this)

  • Work on your interpretation of your piece (character coaching)

  • Build your confidence to sing in French

As I am travelling regularly throughout Europe and the U.K, I am also able to offer French language coaching online.

TESTIMONIALS

Working in Mexico City with Ricardo Castrejón, tenor.

Working in Mexico City with Ricardo Castrejón, tenor.

Hervé Goffings is a first-rate artist and teacher, and also a perfectionist in everything he does. As a singer I was lucky enough to have his help as a language coach for French songs and opera, which elevated my performance to a different level.
— Mario Solimene, Baritone
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Hervé helped me with my preparation for the role of Ninetta in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes. Hervé is a very encouraging and friendly coach and he was extremely helpful in aiding me with the pronunciation of the French libretto. Furthermore, his own background as an actor and performer meant he had a better understanding of the complex poetic text and theatrical context. His singing background meant that he knew the best way to pronounce the French without compromising vocal sound. I would definitely recommend Hervé
— Michelle Dally, Mezzo-Soprano
Working with Estrellita Ríos, mezzo-soprano.

Working with Estrellita Ríos, mezzo-soprano.

Hervé has been my French language coach for over 15 years. He has helped me on many different projects including opera (Bizet, Delibes), Chanson (Poulenc, Debussy, Fauré) and Cabaret (Edith Piaf). His vast knowledge of vocal repertoire, attention to detail and commitment to my success is a constant source of reassurance and confidence.
— Rachael Russell, Classical-crossover Soprano
French Language Coaching in Mexico city, March 2019. From left to right: Estrellita R íos ( mezzo-soprano), Ricardo Castrejón (tenor), Virginia Rousamini (piano), Jessica Giesemann (soprano), Lucy Rivera (soprano), Carlos Courrech (tenor).

French Language Coaching in Mexico city, March 2019. From left to right: Estrellita Ríos (mezzo-soprano), Ricardo Castrejón (tenor), Virginia Rousamini (piano), Jessica Giesemann (soprano), Lucy Rivera (soprano), Carlos Courrech (tenor).

Hervé was very patient, precise and encouraging. He made me feel like I could make pronounce the French language with ease. It was great to work him and I would not hesitate to return to him for further sessions
— Nadine Benjamin, Soprano