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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Caterina Panti Liberovici
COURSE OBJECTIVE and STRUCTURE
The ‘Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”’ in Martina Franca is promoted and organised by the ‘Fondazione Paolo Grassi’, in collaboration with the Festival della Valle d'Itria. It was set up in 2010 to provide young lyrical singers with a highly specific training on the various aspects of vocal technique and performance of the Italian Belcanto repertoire (from Monteverdi to proto-Romanticism), comprising of analysis and practice of the various styles of Western musical theatre, including many expressions of modernity. The course also includes various practical workshops, applied to specific Belcanto techniques and aesthetics: from seventeenth-century recitar cantando to expressions of the Apulian and Neapolitan school; from coloratura techniques to variations in early nineteenth-century Italian Belcanto tradition. During the 2013 edition of the Festival della Valle d’Itria, students will have the opportunity of gaining specific practical experience, thus enriching their training. They will be guided by great supervisors, prominent interpreters and concert-masters. Particular importance will also be given to physical and acting training, and to correct, accurate Italian diction – necessary characteristics for today’s ‘acting singers’ engaged in conveying the essential theatrical dimension of opera. Starting from 2013, the Academy’s academic scheme also includes a section specialising in an in-depth analysis of Baroque Belcanto, with prestigious master-classes and valuable one-to-one lessons for young performers with a particular interest in, and inclination towards, this kind of repertoire. This specific, personalised course is enriched with opportunities for practical work experiences during the 2013 edition of the Festival.
For 2013 there will be three study sessions:
• the first session (from the 6th to the 14th April 2013) will be preparatory, and will include a selection of the students to be admitted to the course;
• the second session (from the 15th to the 19th May 2013) will be dedicated to study; roles and repertoires will be assigned;
• the third session (from 7th to 29th June 2013) will be dedicated to specific study. A selection of students identified as suited for the position will engage in a phase of practical work-experience within the 39th edition of the Festival della Valle d’Itria (www.festivaldellavalleditria.it).
The course for the academic year 2013 includes the following subjects: Art and technique of the recitative; Art and technique of seventeenth-century vocality; Art and technique of Belcanto coloratura; Art and technique of Baroque coloratura; Art and technique of variation; Verification of vocal techniques; Phonetics and diction; Study of sheet music; Awareness of breathing dynamics; Culture and profession of the operatic singer; Body training; Acting and performance technique; Stage presence/improvisation; Role analysis; Style applications: from Baroque to contemporary music vocality; Workshop: singing, performing practice, study of sheet music, acting; Performance master-class; Belcanto style master-class.
REQUIREMENTS and ENROLLMENT
Places for this course are limited; therefore admission is subject to selection procedures.
There are up to twenty-five places available for the course.
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.
The selection is open to applicants who by the 31st December 2013 will be no older than 32 year old (for sopranos/tenors) and 35 years old (for contraltos/baritones/basses). Exceptions due to particular merit may apply. Applications must be sent by the 30th March 2013 (together with a full-figure photograph and an academic and professional CV) to the Fondazione Paolo Grassi, either by post at the following address: Via Metastasio, 20 - 74015 Martina Franca, (TA) , or online by filling in the application form at the following address:
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 2013);
- € 150,00 (one hundred and fifty/00) for the 2nd session (May 2013);
- € 500,00 (five hundred/00) for the 3rd session (June 2013).
For listeners, participation fees are the following:
- € 80,00 (eighty/00) for the 1st session (April 2013);
- € 80,00 (eighty/00) for the 2nd session (May 2013).
- € 150,00 (one hundred and fifty/00) for the 3rd session (June 2013).
LOCATION OF THE COURSE and ACCOMODATION
Lessons will take place mainly at the ‘Fondazione ‘Paolo Grassi’’ in Martina Franca. Practical work experience will take place, apart from the above-mentioned location, in the areas dedicated to the Festival della Valle d’Itria. Staff of the ‘Fondazione ‘Paolo Grassi’’ and the Artistic Direction will be happy to help with indications and support with solutions for accommodation at established 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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