HIGH-LEVEL IMPROVEMENT COURSES FOR OPERA SINGERS
Martina Franca (Taranto, Italy)
With the collaboration of the Festival della Valle d'Itria
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|| Stefania Bonfadelli
| Alessandro Patalini
COURSE OBJECTIVE and STRUCTURE
The “Rodolfo Celletti” Belcanto Academy in Martina Franca, sponsored and organized by Paolo Grassi Foundation with the collaboration of the Festival della Valle d’Itria, was set up in 2010 to provide a highly specific training on the various aspects of vocal technique and interpretation in the field of the Italian belcanto repertoire (from Monteverdi to Protoromanticism) to young lyrical singers, including the analysis and practice of the various styles of the tradition of Western musical theatre.
Performance practice workshops, mostly applied to technique and style of the “recitar cantando” (acting while singing) from the 17th-century, of the Apulian and Neapolitan tradition, Rossini’s coloratura and belcanto repertoire of the early eighteenth century in Italy, will enrich the curriculum with on-site experiences, by guidance of coaches, directors and conductors of reference.
For 2012 there will be three study sessions:
• a first session of propaedeutics training and selection of the active students, from 20 to 25 April, 2012;
• a second study session from 8 to 24 June 2012, followed by the work-experience phase within the XXVIII Festival della Valle d’Itria, only for eligible students (www.festivaldellavalleditria.it);
• a third study session from 8 to 18 November, 2012.
The course includes the following subjects: Style applications: from Lied to the vocality in the contemporary music; Technical and vocal in-depth study; Art and technique of recitative; Art and technique of Baroque singing; Art and technique of coloratura; Phonetics and diction; Study of sheet music; Body training; Acting and performing technique; Awareness of breathing dynamics; Culture of the profession of the operatic singer; Workshop: singing, performing practice, study of sheet music, acting; Interpretation (Masterclass); Rossini and the Belcanto style (Masterclass).
REQUIREMENTS and ENROLLMENT
This is a closed number course so admission is subject to selection procedures.
The class will be composed by 25 active students (maximum).
Students that have not been selected as active, however, can still attend training activities as listeners and, eventually, they may take the place of the selected students in case of any drop out.
Applications for selection must be sent by 15 April 2012, provided with a full-length photograph and an academic and professional CV.
Applicants should not be older than 32 year old (for women) and 35 years old (for men) by 15 April 2012.
Active students admitted during the auditions must pay the following participation fees, which partially cover teaching, administrative and insurance costs:
• € 150,00 (one hundred and fifty/00) for the 1st session (April, 2012);
• € 500,00 (five hundred/00) for the 2nd session (June 2012);
• € 150,00 (one hundred and fifty/00) for the 3rd session (November 2012).
For listeners the participation fees are the following:
• € 80,00 (eighty/00) for the 1st session (April, 2012);
• € 150,00 (one hundred and fifty/00) for the 2nd session (June 2012);
• € 80,00 (eighty/00) for the 3rd session (November 2012).
LOCATION OF THE COURSE and ACCOMODATION
The theoretical-technical lessons will take place mainly in the Fondazione “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca (Via Metastasio, 20); the work experience activities will take place, apart from the above-mentioned location, in the areas dedicated to the Festival della Valle d’Itria.
The Direction of the Academy and Fondazione Paolo Grassi staff are entitled to give support for accommodation at special low rates.
INFO AND CONTACTS
Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”
c/o Fondazione Paolo Grassi
Via Metastasio, 20
74015 - Martina Franca (TA), Italy
phone: +39 080 4306763
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