October 5 - 20, 2020

About the Accademia

The Accademia will focus on Italian Operatic Repertoire from Baroque, Mozart and Belcanto to

Verdi, Puccini and their contemporaries. A team of internationally acclaimed mentors active in the Opera business will provide participants with the tools for a global career.

We will follow a holistic approach incorporating all relevant elements. These include: preparation of arias/roles; refinement of Italian diction; stylistic work and phrasing according to the era/composer; coaching from the conductor's perspective; interpretation and performance skills. We will also address preparing for auditions and selection of the appropriate repertoire depending on the participant's specific circumstances.

In addition to masterclasses you will also have the possibility to select individual coaching with our mentors. Upon completion of the program all participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance signed by all faculty members. You will have a further chance to demonstrate your mastery of these concepts at an Online Gala Concert to be held at the end of the program. The faculty will select the three top performing artists from the group who will receive the "Prix Atelier d'Excellence".

MASTERCLASSES

1. ALESSANDRO AMORETTI

VOCAL COACH, PIANIST - ACCOMPANIST

Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Théatre des Champs Elysées

Masterclass "Musica e Parole" 

The Use of Italian Language from the technique of recitativo to the declamatory style in Verismo.

Work and analysis of recitativo secco and accompagnato in Mozart, composers of his time and Rossini - the romantic recitativo in Donizetti and Bellini - analysis of the "Declamato Verdiano" in Monologues of Verdi - development of declamatory style in Puccini and his contemporaries.

 

The current Masterclass is extended to pianists/accompanists who are invited to apply individually.

2. KIRSTEN CHAMBERS

SOPRANO - VOCAL COACH

Metropolitan Opera NY, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Hong Kong, Savonlinna Opera Festival

Masterclass "The Verismo Technique" 

 

3. SUNNYBOY DLADLA

TENOR

Zurich Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenz Festical, BBC Proms

Masterclass "Phrasing and coloratura technique in Rossini and Belcanto. How to be unique respecting the composer's style"

4. RICARDO ESTRADA

CONDUCTOR - VOCAL COACH - ACCOMPANIST

Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real de Madrid, Palau de les Arts de Valencia

Masterclass "From the conductor's perspective" 

 

5. ALAN FISCHER

STAGE DIRECTOR & DRAMATIC ACTING COACH

San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, The Washington National, Spoleto Festival

Masterclass "Operatic character development & audition presentation"

6. SANDRA HORMOZI

ARTIST MANAGER - ENCOMPASS ARTIST MANAGEMENT

Masterclass "Discover you missing "Element" to finally achieve your big goals" 

7. ANTHONY MANOLI

CONDUCTOR - ACCOMPANIST - VOCAL COACH

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Theatre Des Champs-Elysees, L’Opera du Rhin, The Washington National,

LA Opera

Masterclass "Belcanto and it's use in modern day performance practice"

8. ELEONORA PACETTI

DIRECTOR OF "FABBRICA" YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM - TEATRO DELL' OPERA DI ROMA

Masterclass "Audizioni Straordinarie"

A. Know your instrument and identify the right repertoire for you

B. Discover the ideal preparation method for auditions and competitions

9. JORGE PARODI

Conductor - Vocal Coach

The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Tampa

A. Masterclass "The musical characters of Puccini" (how the composer creates the characters through the music)  

B. Masterclass "Baroque Phrasing: Three Cardinal Rules" 

10. STEFANO DE PEPPO

BASS-BARITONE - ITALIAN DICTION COACH

LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Tel Aviv

 

Masterclass "Italian diction and repertoire

11. MARY PINTO

ACCOMPANIST - VOCAL COACH

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Opera San Antonio, Montclair State University

&

SCOTT BARNES

DRAMATIC COACH

Joint Masterclass "Speak the Music Sing the Text! - A Deep Dive into your Aria with Mary and Scott"

12. ALEXIA VOULGARIDOU

SOPRANO

Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburg State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Sydney Opera

Masterclass "Interpretation and Phrasing in Italian Opera"

HOW TO APPLY - PROCESS - REQUIREMENTS

SELECTION: The Accademia will accept a select group of 12 emerging professionals as active participants and an unlimited number of auditors. Active participants will be chosen through an online audition process. If you are interested to enroll as an active participant (see below) please submit to: atelierdexcellence@gmail.com your CV and a link in video/audio format of an Opera aria in Italian.  The recording should not be more than one year old. Please also submit the names of the 6 Faculty members for whose Masterclasses you wish to sing. The title of your email should include your name and indication "Active Applicant/Auditor  - AdE Accademia". Information regarding tuition fees for active participants or auditors will be provided upon receipt of enrollment requests. 

Application deadline: September 30, 2020.

REPERTOIRE: Each participant can work on four arias of their choice with recitativo and/or cabaletta or any other part of a role from the Italian operatic repertoire.

PROCESS: The duration of each is Masterclass is 1.5 hours and will involve three active participants and unlimited auditors. Each Masterclass will repeat in the second week of the program. An active participant can sing only in one of the two sessions. The other session of the same Masterclass will be available to the singer as an auditor. Our policy aims to maximise the opportunity for all singers to work with as many mentors as possible. Singers can choose in which masterclasses they wish to participate. The mentors will evaluate the submissions and will make the final decision regarding the singers they wish to work with.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: All masterclasses and private sessions will be held through ZOOM. In order to ensure adequate sound quality we request all active singers to use a USB microphone connected with either a PC or high quality smartphone. AdE will be glad to provide technical advice upon request.

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

A. ACTIVE SINGERS

- Participation as a performer in 6 masterclasses of your choice

- Participation as a listener in 12 masterclasses

- Participation as a performer at the Live Gala Concert that will take place at the end of the program. Faculty members acting as jury will grade performances on a scale of 1-10. The top three singers will also receive Scholarships for AdE webinars to be given at a later date and other Awards kindly offered by AdE Partners.

B. ACTIVE SINGERS (PLUS VERSION)

The same as (A) plus max. 12 private sessions with the faculty members of your choice under AdE negotiated rates.

C. AUDITORS:

Access to all 12 masterclasses. Our mentors will answer a limited number of questions at the end of each masterclass submitted by auditors via the chat box.

COMPETITION "Prix Atelier d'Excellence"

1st Prize offered by Maestro Ricardo Estrada & Resonance:

- A guest performance in a concert organised and directed by Maestro Ricardo Estrada in Barcelona, Spain during artistic season 2021-22.

- A free coaching/consultation with an international Opera Star of your choice represented by Resonance including Michael Fabiapno, Nadine Sierra, Neil Shicoff, Joyce El-Khoury, Michelle Johnson and Latonia Moore among others. 

- 100€ kindly offered by Medical Aesthetics Sadent

2nd Prize offered by Atelier d'Excellence: 

Free enrollment as Active Participant in the German Opera Academy by AdE  to take place in late 2020/early 2021. 

- 100€ kindly offered by Medical Aesthetics Sadent

3rd Prize offered by Atelier d'Excellence:

Free enrollment as Active Participant in 2 individual webinars by Atelier d'Excellence to take place in 2020/21.

* The Diction Buddy App is offering a free six month subscription to all three winners of the competition.

* All three winners will be featured on a post by our Press Sponsor the 360 of Opera, a social media platform and community with a fan base of over 25K followers across continents.

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atelierdexcellence@gmail.com

 

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