September 2020

It ended successfully the 8th edition of Corso d’Opera 2020

The final event on the 12th September in Florence at the presence of the Corso d’Opera President Walter Vergnano and the General Manager of the Carlo Felice Theater of Genova, Claudio Orazi.

A success that testifies to its high educational and artistic value of the masterclass.

Florence, September 2020 – The 8th edition of the Corso d’Opera Masterclass, held this year in the interior spaces and open spaces of the splendid Villa Favard, in Florence, ended with “a grand finale” on 12th September. A success that was able to overcome the logistical complications after Covid-19. Between courses, masterclasses, open days and two concerts organized for the benefit of the external public, the 2020 edition closed with an extremely positive outcome.

The nineteenth-century facade of the villa, a splendid open-air scenography, perfectly illuminated by the evocative lights by Valerio Alfieri, on Saturday 12th September, the culminating moment of the 2020 edition was staged: the final show, with the extraordinary participation of the Turin baritone internationally renowned Alessandro Corbelli, directed by Hugo De Ana.

The protagonists of the show were the Corso d’Opera students who performed all together on the open air stage acclaimed by the enthusiastic public: the soprani Eleonora BoarettoViola Sofia Nisio and  Melissa Purnell from Canada; the mezzosoprani Eva Maria Ruggieri and Vittoria Vimercati; the tenor Riccardo Benlodi, the baritone Giacomo Nanni, the bass-baritone Yuri Guerra from Brasil and the bass Davide Giangregorio. A succession of opera arias and ensemble scenes, accompanied on the piano by Angelo Michele Errico. A dynamic direction that recreated entire scenes of Don Giovanni, Norma, Carmen, L’Elisir d’Amore and Falstaff.

Beginning on the 24th August and continued for three weeks, the high-level specialization lessons for young talented opera singers ended on Sunday 13th September, in the presence of the President of the Corso d’Opera APS Association, Walter Vergnano – who this year took the place of Dominique Meyer, new General Manager of the Teatro alla Scala, now Honorary President of Corso d’Opera . On the occasion of the final ceremony the the certificates of participation have been delivery to the 9 selected students of the masterclass.

«We are very satisfied with this edition – underlines the Genera, Director Raffaella Coletti. – We could not have wished for more and better in a year where success was not obvious. An edition that required flexibility and organizational readiness. We worked hard to ensure that Corso d’Opera could also be held this year. Maintaining the usual objectives of excellence of Corso d’Opera. In Florence for the first edition, a success that exceeded our expectations for which I want to thank, all the students, the teachers, our precious collaborators, and also all our supporters, in particular the CR Firenze Foundation and SIAE-MiBACT (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project), the Municipality of Florence and the Municipality of Florence / Q2. A special thanks to the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, which has made wonderful spaces such as those of Villa Favard available for us».

A very successful edition, held in full compliance with safety regulations, which was attended by very welcome guests from the world of opera such as the General Manager of the Carlo Felice Theater Foundation in Genoa, Claudio Orazi, also a member of the jury that selected the students, who showed his wish for a future collaboration, hoping for the presence of Corso d’Opera in a next season of the Genoese Theater.

11 courses and 2 concerts – the first took place on the 4th September at the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, withg the extraordinary participation of Michele Pertusi, Beatrice Bartoli at the piano. This year the Corso d’Opera could fully support the students covering the costs for the masterclass, travels as well as board and lodging for the entire period. The masterclass was for the students an chance to improve their personal and professional quality in a versatile and multidisciplinary course of study. The faculty members where great professionals such as: Michele Pertusi (Interpretation),  Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal Technique),  Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music)  Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) a Daniele Rustioni (Interpretation)Alessandro Temperani (Bioenergetic)Hugo De Ana (Acting Lessons)Valerio Alfieri (Lighting)Anna Maria Bruzzese (Body Movement)Michele Cosentino (Training Autogeno) e Paolo Spicuglia (Functional training for opera singers). And the great collaborative pianists Clelia Noviello Tommasino, Beatrice Bartoli, Ulla Casalini and Angelo Michele Errico.

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September 2020

Two concerts in Florence for the Corso d’Opera 2020

The 2020 edition of the Corso d’Opera opera singing masterclass comes to life.

A rich program of open days and 2 events open to the public on the 4th and 12th September.

Friday the 4th September, 9pm

Cherubini Conservatory, Piazzetta delle Belle Arti, 2, Florence

Saturday the 12th September, 9pm

Villa Favard, Via di Rocca Tedalda, Florence.

Florence, 31st August 2020 – The 8th edition of the Corso d’Opera Masterclass started on the 24th August. In the splendid Villa Favard in Florence, the courses of high training for young talented opera singers came to life. A rich program full of events that will give the chance to the public to assist to the lessons during the open days and to the two concerts on the 4th and the 12th September.

Friday 4th September, 9 pm, the first concert of the students will take place at the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, Piazzetta delle Belle Arti 2, with the extraordinary participation of Michele Pertusi, Beatrice Bartoli at the piano. The protagonists of the concert will be the Corso d’Opera students, young talented opera singers coming from all over the world who also this year, despite the unforeseen events and uncertainties that have characterized these months were able to be present at the 2020 edition of Corso d’Opera thanks to the tenacity of this reality of excellence recognized all over the world.

“We could not and did not want to miss this year too – underlines the General Director Raffaella Coletti. – We are firmly committed in order to make this important and significant edition of Corso d’Opera today in Florence. And for this we thank all our supporters, in particular the CR Firenze Foundation and SIAE-MiBACT( as part of the “PerChiCrea” project), the Municipality of Florence and the Municipality of Florence / Q2, a special thanks to the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, which has made wonderful spaces available for us, such as Villa Favard, a jewel of the second half of the 19th century ».

The highlight of the 2020 edition will be Saturday 12th September, at 9 pm. In the location of the splendid Villa Favard of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, in via di Rocca Tedalda, the final concert will be directed with the costumes by Hugo De Ana, with the extraordinary participation of the internationally renowned Turin baritone Alessandro Corbelli; at the piano Maestro Angelo Michele Errico. Lights by Valerio Alfieri.

On the stage all the Corso d’Opera students: Eleonora BoarettoViola Sofia Nisio and Melissa Purnell from Canada (soprano); Eva Maria Ruggieri and Vittoria Vimercati (mezzo-soprano); Riccardo Benlodi (tenor) and Davide GiangregorioGiacomo Nanni and Yuri Guerra from Brasil, (baritone).

The public will have the opportunity to assist to the lessons thanks to the open days as per tradition for the Corso d’Opera: from the 3rd to the 5th September on the 10th and 11th September and in the morning on the 12th September when there will be the seminars held by Dominique Meyer , new General Manager of La Scala Theater in Milan and the Honorary President of Corso d’Opera.

Corso d’Opera will end on the 13th September: a rich program for a versatile and mulitidisciplinary course of study with great faculty members such as: Michele Pertusi (Interpretation), Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal Technique), Leonardo De Lisi (Camber Music)Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation)Daniele Rustioni (Interpretation)Alessandro Temperani (Bioenergetic)Hugo De Ana (Acting Lessons)Valerio Alfieri (Lighting)Anna Maria Bruzzese (Body Movement)Michele Cosentino (Training Autogeno)Paolo Spicuglia (Functional Training for opera singers). And the great collaborative pianists Clelia Noviello Tommasino, Beatrice Bartoli, Ulla Casalini and Angelo Michele Errico.

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) ,the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, the Municipality of Florence and the Municipality of Florence / Q2.

 

FULL PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/ProgrammaCorsodopera2020

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July 2020

The 8th edition of Corso d’Opera 2020 will take place at Villa Favard, Florence

In collaboration with the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence

Florence, 24th august – 13th September 2020

The Corso d’Opera’s masterclass will take place in the splendid location of Villa Favard in Florence.

Lessons, seminars, conferences, open days and two concerts (on the 4th and on the 12th September)

Florence, 4th August 2020 – The 8th edition of the Corso d’Opera’s Masterclass will take place in Florence from the 24th august to the 13th September, in the splendid location of the nineteenth century-Villa Favard, a charming place, perfect to be the location of the masterclass recognized to be a national and international referent point for the high perfectionism of young opera singers.

The Corso d’Opera Association was born in 2012 and its masterclass was inspired by an idea of the Maestro Bruno Bartoletti and was already involved in many collaboration with other excellent Tuscany reality, this year it will receive a great support from the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation and from MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project).

In 2019 the Corso d’Opera collaborated with ORT Orchestra Regionale Toscana, organizing together two New Year Concerts. Another important collaboration started in 2018 with the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence which, this year, will embrace intents and purposes of the Corso d’Opera, offering the nineteenth century-Villa Favard, its most prestigious venue, as the location for the masterclass.

“We are pleased to host the young students of the opera singing masterclass in our city – underlines Tommaso Sacchi,the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence – In a “reduced” summer due to the effects of the pandemic, we are alongside the operators who never stop to organize and believe and we participate in their proposals. I especially thank the Corso d’Opera for the constant commitment to cultural and educational activities for young opera singers “.

“The Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence – declares Paolo Zampini, Director of the Cherubini Conservatory – takes part in the enormous uncertainties in which the institutions that deal, at the highest levels, with artistic and musical training are currently experiencing, and is therefore pleased to be able to host the 2020 edition of Corso d’Opera, albeit with the limitations imposed by the current health emergency ».

This edition will see the participations of a selection of 10 students and 2 auditors, coming from all over the world, who will have the chance – economically supported by the association (that will cover for them all the costs of participation, travels as well as board and lodging) – to improve their personal and professional qualities during a versatile and multidisciplinary course of studies which goes over the technical and musical training, offering the opportunity to grow up also in the mental and emotional approach in order to obtain a full awareness and mastery of the extremely complex professional role of the opera singer.

The courses will begin on Monday the 24th August and will end on Sunday the 13th September with the final ceremony when the students will receive the certificates of participation. A total of three intense weeks with individual and collective lessons as well as open days with renowned guests from the musical and theatrical Italian and international panorama, as it is usual for the Corso d’Opera.

There will be also three seminars: With Raffaella Coletti, artists manager and Director of the Corso d’Opera who will talk with the students on the importance to study in order to build a career and the necessity to develop also the soft skills of this job; than Fabio Fassone CEB –Cultivating Emotional Balance certificated trainer and Alan Wallace, professor of the UNIPI University of Pisa will hold a seminar on h how to manage fear and anger, emotions that can compromise the performance and the career; in the last seminar, Dominique Meyer, the Honorary President of the Corso d’Opera and the new General Manager of La Scala Theater in Milan, will advise the students how to start a career in the best way, moving around competitions and auditions.

The program will be enriched also by two events open to the public: a concert of the students on Friday the 4th September at 9pm, with the extraordinary participation of Michele Pertusi and the final concert on Saturday the 12th September at 9pm where the students will perform together with Alessandro Corbelli, direction and costumes by Hugo De Ana, lights by Valerio Alfieri and Angelo Michele Errico.

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence.

 

FULL PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/ProgrammaCorsodopera2020

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May 2020

Corso d’Opera, 8th edition
A new period for the Masterclass

24th August – 13th September 2020

The Corso d’Opera’s masterclass is postponed to the end of August.

Recognized to be one of the most important Italian Masterclass of opera, Corso d’Opera is ready to restore vitality to the Italian Opera.

The students of the 8th edition of Corso d’Opera will be protagonists of a collaboration with the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa.

Florence, May 2020 – The 8th edition of Corso d’Opera is confirmed. The all-around and multidisciplinary masterclass, which has been internationally recognized as an Italian referent point for the high training of the new generation of opera singers has been postponed. It will take place in the period 24th August – 13th September.

The decision has been taken due to the regulatory and safety requirements dictated by the emergency as well as it want to be a significant response to the need of reanimating the cultural and musical Italian world. Due to the uncertainty of the current provisions, the period and the program remain subjected to possible future changes which will be communicated as soon as possible if it will be necessary to make changes in order to ensure the total safety of the participants.

Also the deadline for application has been postponed: it is possible to apply, following the indications on the call for application bit.ly/BandoCorsodOpera2020 before the 15th June 2020.

“In compliance with the measures to protect public health – explains Raffaella Coletti, General Director of Corso d’Opera – the Corso d’Opera APS Association is working with strength and confidence in order to guarantee this year’s edition of the masterclass, convinced that , with its prerogatives, Corso d’Opera can be a precious flywheel for the opera sector, which is particularly suffering due to the current emergency and which is recognized an excellence of Made in Italy in the world ».

A masterclass that in this moment represents a precious starting point for young and talented opera singers, who are struggling today with the difficult situation due to the emergency, also supporting them from economically.

Thanks to the support of MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation and the Municipality of Cortona the Association will fully support the cost of access to the entire course as well as travel costs , board and lodging for students who will be selected and meet the requirements.

Students of the 8th edition of the masterclass will also have the chance to collaborate with the Carlo Felice Theater in Genova that will include them into a production in the Theater’s opera season, directed by Hugo De Ana. “I am grateful to collaborate with Corso d’Opera and to offer the opportunity, to young opera singers, to make the most important step for their career: “to live the experience to work on stage” – explains Claudio Orazi, General Manager of the San Carlo Theater in Genova. – “Since the beginning of my career my identity was to be a talent scout of young and talented opera singers. For this reason I am glad to collaborate with the Corso d’Opera which promotes courses of study in order to valorise young opera singers.”

The 2020 edition will see the presence of Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of the Opera) and Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal technique), Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music), Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and Hugo De Ana (Theater Acting) among the faculty members.

There will be also lessons of Effective communication beyond the stage and Team Bulding with Alberto De Sanctis, trainer, expert coach in effective communication and publics speaking; Bioenergetic with Alessandro Temperani, psychologist and psychotherapist; Body Movement with Anna Pasculli and Lighting with Vinicio Cheli. Also the functional training for opera singers will be part of the program, with Paolo Spicuglia, sports expert- science, from the team of the University of Florence, with specific work protocols for each student, according to the program studied by Prof. Mario Marella, Biomedical of the University of Florence, Faculty of Sports Science.

FULL PROGRAM and CALL FOR APPLICATION available on the website: www.corsodopera.org

New deadline for application: 15th June 2020

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the City of Cortona.

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April 2020

Corso d’Opera, 8th edition

A concrete commitment for the lyric world
Corso d’Opera
iscrizioni prorogate al 10 maggio

Deadline for application postponed to the 10th May 2020

Cortona, 29th June – 19th May 2020

(unless further government regulations)

Corso d’Opera’s intent has always been and, today more than ever, it is to implement a sustainable investment model to restore vitality to the opera.

Florence, April 2020 – It is fundamental, in a period of sacrifices as the present one, to look to the future with confidence and the desire to restart. For this reason, the Corso d’Opera APS Association continues to promote an active dialogue with young protagonists of the Italian and international opera world. The 8th edition of what is considered one of the most important opera masterclasses in Italy and reference point for the advanced training of young opera singers, is currently scheduled as expected, pending the forthcoming government provisions and the timing that will lead to the gradual resumption of activities.

In order to give everyone a chance in the difficult period, the deadline for application to Corso d’Opera 2020 has been postponed to the 10th May. All information about how to send call of applications can be found at the link bit.ly/BandoCorsodOpera2020. The Direction of the Corso d’Opera is at disposal of anyone who has doubts or problems, with the aim, in this difficult period, to simplify procedures as much as possible, meeting the interested parties. It is possible to contact the Direction of Corso d’Opera sending an email at info@corsodopera.it.

The students who will be selected will have the chance to attend the masterclass that will take place in the splendid location of S. Agostino’s Center and the Signorelli Theater in Cortona. Thanks to the support of MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation and the Municipality of Cortona the Association will fully support the cost of access to the entire course as well as travel costs , board and lodging for students who meet the requirements.
“Never more than now it is important to support and stimulate the Italian cultural world also through the training of young and talented singers of opera which is recognized to be an authentic Italian excellence. To support young talents towards a long-term career” – says Raffaella Coletti, General Director – “it is the mission of Corso d’Opera.”

The 2020 edition will see the presence of Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of the Opera) and Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal technique), Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music), Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and Hugo De Ana (Theater Acting) among the faculty members.

There will be also lessons of Effective communication beyond the stage and Team Bulding with Alberto De Sanctis, trainer, expert coach in effective communication and publics speaking; Bioenergetic with Alessandro Temperani, psychologist and psychotherapist; Body Movement with Anna Pasculli and Lighting with Vinicio Cheli. Also the functional training for opera singers will be part of the program, with Paolo Spicuglia, sports expert- science, from the team of the University of Florence, with specific work protocols for each student, according to the program studied by Prof. Mario Marella, Biomedical of the University of Florence, Faculty of Sports Science.

FULL PROGRAM and CALL FOR APPLICATION available on the website: www.corsodopera.org

New deadline for application: 10th May 2020

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the City of Cortona.

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March 2020

Corso d’Opera 8th edition

Deadline postponed to the 4th April

Cortona, 29th June – 19th July

Final selection in Florence

Florence, 6th March 2020 – The Corso d’Opera APS Association makes known that, due to the emergency, the deadline for application will postponed to the 4th April, instead of the 20th March. Before that day it is possible to send the application in order to be selected to take part to the 8th edition of the Italian Masterclass “Corso d’Opera”, point of reference for the formation of young opera singers, that will take place in Cortona from the 29th June to the 19th July in the splendid location of the Signorelli Theater and the S. Agostino’s Center.

The decision was taken due to the organization’s necessities that we are all asked to face in this weeks.
The procedures for admission to the masterclass, which will take place as illustrated in the call for applications, will not change: bit.ly/BandoCorsodOpera2020.

The Association will fully support costs of participation to the masterclass as well as travel costs, boarding and lodging for admitted students who meet the requirements. This is possible thanks to the precious support of MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation and the Municipality of Cortona.

La selezione finale si terrà a Firenze. Per l’occasione, la commissione sarà composta da protagonisti di rilievo del panorama lirico internazionale: Roberto Scandiuzzi, basso, Leonardo De Lisi, docente di canto Corso d’Opera, Fernando Cordeiro Opa, docente canto Corso d’Opera, EvaMaria Wieser, Casting Manager del Festival di Salisburgo e Consulente Casting Lyric Opera Chicago, Claudio Orazi, Sovrintendente Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova e Alessandro Galoppini, Responsabile delle compagnie di canto al Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

The final selection of participants will take place in Florence. The commission of the audition will consist of important personalities of the lyric international panorama as: Roberto Scandiuzzi, bass, Leonardo De Lisi, singing tutor of the Corso d’Opera, Fernando Cordeiro Opa, singing tutor of the Corso d’Opera, EvaMaria Wieser, Casting Manger of the Salzburg Festival and Casting Advisor of the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Claudio Orazi, General Manager of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genova and Alessandro Galoppini, Head of the singing company at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Docenti della Masterclass – L’edizione 2020 vedrà la presenza di Roberto AbbadoInterpretazioneFernando Cordeiro OpaTecnica vocaleLeonardo De LisiMusica da cameraAlessandro CorbelliTecnica vocale e Interpretazione, e del regista Hugo De AnaRecitazione Teatrale. E ancora lezioni di Comunicazione efficace oltre la performance e Team Building, con Alberto De Sanctis, formatore e coach esperto di comunicazione efficace e Public Speaking; di Bioenergetica, con Alessandro Temperani, Psicologo e Psicoterapeuta; di Movimento Corporeo, con Anna Pasculli; d’Illuminotecnica, con Vinicio Cheli. Oltre a un training funzionale per cantanti, con protocolli di lavoro specifici per ciascuno studente, secondo il programma studiato dal Prof Mario Marella, Biomedico Università degli Studi Firenze, Facoltà di Scienze dello Sport, con Paolo Spicuglia, esperto sport-science, dell’equipe dell’Università di Firenze.

Faculty of the Masterclass –The 2020 edition will see the presence of Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of the Opera) and Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal technique), Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music), Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and Hugo De Ana (Theater Acting) among the faculty members.

There will be also lessons of Effective communication beyond the stage and Team Bulding with Alberto De Sanctis, trainer, expert coach in effective communication and publics speaking; Bioenergetic with Alessandro Temperani, psychologist and psychotherapist; Body Movement with Anna Pasculli and Lighting with Vinicio Cheli. Also the functional training for opera singers will be part of the program, with Paolo Spicuglia, sports expert- science, from the team of the University of Florence, with specific work protocols for each student, according to the program studied by Prof. Mario Marella, Biomedical of the University of Florence, Faculty of Sports Science.

FULL PROGRAM and CALL FOR APPLICATION available on the website: www.corsodopera.org

Deadline for application: 4th April 2020

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the City of Cortona.

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February 2020

Corso d’Opera 8th edition

Deadline for application: 20th  March

Cortona, 29th  June – 29th  July 2020

 

The Masteclass’ program is online with additional lessons of Body Movement, Bioenergetic and Acting lessons

Among the faculty members Leonardo De Lisi, Fernando Cordeiro Opa, Roberto Abbado, Hugo De Ana and Alessandro Corbelli.

Florence, 4 February 2020 – The 8th edition of the Italian masterclass which has become a point of reference for the advanced training of young opera singers, promoted by the Corso d’Opera APS Association, in Cortona, will be held from 29th  June to 19th  July in Cortona, in the splendid location of the Sant’Agostino Center and the Signorelli Theater. The new call for application is available online. The deadline for submitting the application is the 20th March 2020. Admission to the course will be communicated after a selection according to the methods, programs and timing illustrated on the website www.corsodopera.org/progetto/iscrizioni/

Thanks to the support of MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation and the Municipality of Cortona the Association will fully support the cost of access to the entire course as well as travel costs , board and lodging for students who meet the requirements (no more than 12).

“We are happy and satisfied to collaborate with the Corso d’Opera, which represents an excellence recognized in the national and international panorama of opera masterclasses” – says Francesco Attesti, the Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Cortona. – “Cortona has a strong link with the art of music, in all its expressions, and this collaboration confirms this connotation of our city. We are, therefore, convinced that Cortona represents the ideal context for the activity that Corso d’Opera has been carrying out in recent years “.

The 2020 edition will see the presence of Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of the Opera) and Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal technique), Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music), Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and Hugo De Ana (Theater Acting) among the faculty members.

There will be also lessons of Effective communication beyond the stage and Team Bulding with Alberto De Sanctis, trainer, expert coach in effective communication and publics speaking; Bioenergetic with Alessandro Temperani, psychologist and psychotherapist; Body Movement with Anna Pasculli and Lighting with Vinicio Cheli. Also the functional training for opera singers will be part of the program, with Paolo Spicuglia, sports expert- science, from the team of the University of Florence, with specific work protocols for each student, according to the program studied by Prof. Mario Marella, Biomedical of the University of Florence, Faculty of Sports Science.

Two events scheduled during the masterclass period: a first concert of the students on the 10th July with Andrea Severi at the piano and the Final Concert on the 18th July, with the extraordinary participation of Alessandro Corbelli, Direction and costumes by Hugo De Ana, lights by Vinicio Cheli and Angelo Michele Errico at the piano.

Both the concerts will start at 9 pm at the Signorelli Theater in Cortona, in collaboration the Accademia degli Arditi.

As in every edition there will be also Seminars and Conferences which are a precious opportunity for the students to compare with different aspects of their job. The topic will be: the importance of soft skills and the necessity to develop a strategic career finding the right repertoire for each voice (with Raffaella Coletti, General Director of the Corso d’Opera); how to manage the emotions that could compromise a performance (with Fabio Fassone, CEB Cultural Emotional Balance -certified trainer and professor at the University of Pisa; an interview of Roberto Abbado held by the new President of Corso d’Opera, Walter Vergnano and a last seminar with the Honorary President of Corso d’Opera and General Manager of Teatro la Scala in Milan, Dominique Meyer who will talk with the students about how to start to build a career orienting between competitions and auditions.

 

FULL PROGRAM and CALL FOR APPLICATION available on the website: www.corsodopera.org

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the City of Cortona.

 

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January 2020

Walter Vergnano is the new President of the Corso d’Opera

8th Edition: Cortona, 29th  June- 19th July 2020

 

Walter Vergnano succeeds Dominique Meyer at the head of the Association promoting the Italian masterclass for the advanced training of young opera singers

 

The 8th edition’s program will be online from the 30th January

Deadlines for application: Saturday 20th March 2020

 

Florence, 15th January 2020 – Walter Vergnano is the new President of the Corso d’Opera APS Association which promotes the homonymous masterclass, which has become an Italian reference point all over the world for the advanced training of the new generation of international opera singers. Walter Vergnano was the General Manager of the Teatro Regio in Turin for many years and Vice President of AGIS, as well as Vice President of Opera Europa from 2015 to 2018, Vergnano takes the place of Dominique Meyer, new General Manager of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, who remains alongside the Association as the Honorary President.

The 8th edition of the masterclass will be held this year from 29th June to 19th July in Cortona, in the splendid location of the Sant’Agostino Center and the Signorelli Theater. Thanks to the support of MiBACT and SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) and the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation the Association will fully support the cost of access to the entire course as well as travel costs , board and lodging for students who meet the requirements (no more than 12). Admission to the masterclass will be communicated after a selection according to the methods, programs and timing illustrated on the website http://www.corsodopera.org/progetto/iscrizioni/

The new call for application will be online from the 30th January, the deadline for submitting for the application is the 20th March 2020.

New in the 2020 edition’s faculty is the presence of Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of the Opera) and Fernando Cordeiro Opa (Vocal technique). Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music), Alessandro Corbelli (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and Hugo De Ana (Theater Acting) are also confirmed as members of the faculty.

Vergnano, who has been an honorary member since the foundation of the Corso d’Opera Association and more recently a member of its Board of Directors, says: “From my entry into the world of opera, the transformation underway in this world was impressive: the job of the singer is every day more selective, competitive, although stimulating.

The objective that Corso d’Opera has always pursued is to guarantee, thanks to the absolute prestige of the faculty members, as well as to the contribution of other complementary disciplines – from communication, to self-management, to psychological counseling, to bioenergetics – to develop a complete professionalism, accompanied by an adequate form of resilience, today a quality that is indispensable to face the competitiveness of the required selection processes.

The 12 scholarships given by the Association, thanks to the contribution of our Supporters – Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, MiBACT and Siae (as part of the “PerChiCrea” program) the City of Cortona and our generous Private donors – they also guarantee the adequate financial support to the most deserving young Italian talents of opera singing in the first and most delicate phase of their career ”.

“The alternation of Vergnano to Meyer at the head of the Corso d’Opera is important for the project continuity, respecting the aims that have always been pursued,” says the General Director Raffaella Coletti. “Lyric Opera has been recognized as an excellence of the Made in Italy in the world for centuries. A careful selection, the training contribution of our teachers, in addition to the guiding action that the Association exercises for the benefit of its students, in the delicate phases of the start and consolidation of their career, have allowed Corso d’Opera to transform, in almost ten years, some of the most deserving young voices in the international scene into ambassadors of the Italian Opera, all over the world ”.

The excellent project of Corso d’Opera was born by the will of M°Bruno Bartoletti and it is recognized in the national and international panorama of the high lyric improvement. Since the first edition Corso d’Opera offers a versatile and multi-disciplinary program of studies that goes beyond the essential and necessary technical-musical training.

It focuses on the lyrical “professional” in its most complex and complete meaning, its aim is to make the each student fully master of his artistic and professional role and to offer him the opportunity to discover and enhance soft skills: in addition to the Vocal Technique lessons , Interpretation, Theatrical Acting and Chamber Music there are lessons of Bioenergetics, Effective Communication beyond performance, Body Movement and Functional Training as well as Seminars held by teachers and professionals, active in the major Italian and international opera houses.

Seminars and conferences are a precious opportunity for the students to discuss on the working world and on the elements necessary to understand the professional context in order to face it with awareness and determination. Since the first edition, Corso d’Opera has involved the greatest musicians-teachers and conductors such as Bruno Bartoletti, Bruno Campanella, Luciana D’Intino, Lucio Gallo, Alessandra Panzavolta, Mirella Parutto, Michele Pertusi, Donato Renzetti, Dolora Zajick, Raphaël Sikorski, Raul Gimenez, Roberto Abbado, Alessandro Corbelli, Hugo de Ana, Leonardo De Lisi, Fernando Cordeiro Opa and very valuable pianist collaborators such as Richard Barker, Beatrice Benzi, Simone Savina, Andrea Severi, Francesca Tosi, Angelo Michele Errico, Ulla Casalini.

Corso d’Opera is gratefull to all its supporters, especially to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, the MiBACT and the SIAE (as part of the “PerChiCrea” project) and the City of Cortona.

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FEBRUARY 2019

Advanced Training Course for Young Opera Singers

28th June – 21st July Corso d’Opera is back in Cortona, Italy

Mariella Devia and Roberto Abbado will join the faculty of the VIII edition of the Masterclass desired by Bruno Bartoletti

 

From the 28th June to the 21st July 2019 the beautiful city of Cortona will welcome the VIII edition of the Corso d’Opera. Since its creation in 2012, the Masterclass offers a top level advanced training for young opera singers: selecting the best one, supporting them in the training and leading them to reach a professional carrer with the aim of make them worldwire ambassadors of the italian opera.

The Excellence of the Masterclass was born by the will of Bruno Bartoletti and it is recognized over the national and international panorama of the Advanced Training Courses. The Corso d’Opera, from the first edition, offers a complex and multidisciplinary course of study, structured with the aim of “shaping” the young opera singers to meet all aspects of their chosen profession.

The Masterclass is focused on the complex and complete meaning of the “professional opera singer”, with the goal of giving to the students the consciousness of the artistic and professional figure as well as providing them the opportunity to work on soft-skills: the lessons of Vocal Technique, Interpretation, Acting and Chamber Music will be complemented by courses of Bioenergetics, Effective communication beyond the stage, Body movement and Functional Training and of course the seminars – conferences.

Each year the Corso d’Opera programs meetings to extend and deepen participants’ knowledge of various aspects of their chosen career which will help them to face up to the professional world.

Since its creation, the Corso d’Opera has sought out the best teachers, coaches and conductors for its Faculty. Among them are Bruno Bartoletti, Bruno Campanella, Luciana D’Intino, Lucio Gallo, Michele Pertusi, Donato Renzetti, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Dolora Zajick, Mirella Parutto, Raphaël Sikorski, Raul Gimenez and top piano collaborators as Richard Barker, Beatrice Benzi, Ulla Casalini, Angelo Michele Errico, Simone Savina, Andrea Severi and Francesca Tosi.

The highest level of teaching confirmed for the Masterclass 2019 will be Roberto Scandiuzzi (Vocal technique and interpretation, piano collaborator Beatrice Bartoli), Hugo De Ana (Acting lessons) and Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music, piano collaborator Ulla Casalini). Together with them Mariella Devia (Vocal technique, piano collaborator Angelo Michele Errico) and Roberto Abbado (Interpretation of Italian opera, piano collaborator Andrea Severi) will be members of the international renowed Corso d’Opera 2019’s faculty.

The seminars-conferences will be held by Dominique Meyer (General Director of the Wien Staatsoper and President of the Corso d’Opera), Raffaella Coletti (Artists Manager and General Director of the Corso d’Opera), Mariella Devia and Linda Vierucci (Professional Coach).

The parallel courses will be Bioenergetics with Alessandro Temperani (Psychologist and Chertified Bioenergetic  I.I.B.A.), Effective communication beyond the stage with Alberto De Sanctis (Trainer and expert coach in effective communication and public speaking), Body movement and interpretation with Leda Lojodice (dancer and choreographer) .

Thanks to the success of the previous years, Corso d’Opera will organize many initiatives open to the public. On Friday the 5th, Saturday the 6th, and from Thursday the 18th and 21st July, there will be open days: on that days, the lessons will be open to italian and international experts from opera and music industries, media, partners and supporters as well as for opera lovers and tourists.

Besides there will be two concerts featuring the Corso d’Opera students at the Teatro Signorelli: the first one will be on the 6th July with the extraordinary participation of Mariella Devia, the final concert will be on the 20th July with the extraordinary participation of Roberto Scandiuzzi.

One of the goals of the Corso d’Opera is to create a sustainable financial and education model that will revitalize the lyric opera which is wordwire renowed as an italian excellence.  Entirely financed by generous contributions from individuals, non-profit organizations and Foundations, the Corso d’Opera offers twelve study grants to selected participants of the 2019 course.

Corso d’Opera is grateful to all its supporters, expecially to the CARIFI Foundation, the city of Cortona and the Consorzio Cortona Vini.

Corso d’Opera 2018 Advanced Training Course for Young Singers

25 June – 15 July in Cortona, Italy

Faculty includes Hugo De Ana, Alessandro Corbelli and Leonardo De Lisi

From 25 June to 15 July, 2018 the Corso d’Opera returns to Cortona with a new President: Dominique Meyer, current General Manager of the Vienna State Opera. Already a Founding Member of the Corso d’Opera and a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Meyer took up his function as President in January 2018. With the nomination of Mr. Meyer, the Corso d’Opera – created, inspired and initiated by the late conductor Bruno Bartoletti – is now considered among the best national and international training programs for opera singers. Unique in its approach, the Corso d’Opera offers young professional singers an extensive and focused training program with the objective of making the singers the masters of their profession.  It is this approach that led the Corso d’Opera to place first in the national competition ‘S’Illumina-Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura’ (the competition recognizes national training programs for young people in culture) promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and the SIAE. The Corso d’Opera is recognized as the best training program in music. This allows the Corso d’Opera to guarantee free tuition to the 2018 program to up to 12 students of any nationality as long as they are official residents in Italy.

Since its creation in 2012, the Corso d’Opera has sought out the best teachers, coaches and conductors for its Faculty. Among them are Bruno Bartoletti, Bruno Campanella, Luciana D’Intino, Lucio Gallo, Michele Pertusi, Donato Renzetti, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Dolora Zajick, Mirella Parutto, Raphaël Sikorski, Raul Gimenez and top piano collaborators as Richard Barker, Beatrice Benzi, Ulla Casalini, Angelo Michele Errico, Simone Savina, Andrea Severi and Francesca Tosi. The Faculty for 2018 once again represents the highest level of teaching including  Mirella Parutto (Vocal Technique, Simone Savina piano collaborator), Andrea Severi (Interpretation of Italian Opera) and Alessandra Panzavolta (Body movement and Interpretation), the internationally renowned Director Hugo De Ana (Acting and the use of the Theatrical Mask), Baritones Alessandro Corbelli (Technique and Interpretation of Opera and Chamber Music, piano collaborator Angelo Michele Errico) and Leonardo De Lisi (Chamber Music, piano collaborator Ulla Casalini).

Cortona, internationally known as a City of Art and located in the heart of Tuscany, will once again host the 2018 edition of Corso d’Opera from June 25th to July 15th. For students enrolled in the Corso d’Opera (register at www.corsodopera.org), it offers the opportunity to participate in a complex, versatile and multidisciplinary course of study, structured with the aim of “shaping” the young opera singer to meet all aspects of their chosen profession. For music lovers and tourists who will be in Cortona, the Corso d’Opera offers the unforgettable opportunity to attend open classes (30 June, 1-2 and 13-14-15 July) as well as the final concert featuring the students and with the special participation of baritone Alessandro Corbelli. The concert, at the Teatro Signorelli on July 14th  at 9 pm, is presented in collaboration with the Academy of Arditi.

Musical and theatrical class work are complemented by seminars led by industry professionals, providing students with opportunities to meet and study with key players in the field of music and opera. These will include sessions with directors of opera houses, concert organizations, orchestras and conductors, vocal representatives, journalists and critics. Presenting these seminars are: Dominique Meyer (General Manager, Vienna State Opera, founding member of the Corso d’Opera and its current President), Raffaella Coletti (Artist Manager and Director of the Corso d’Opera) and André Comploi (Head of the Press Office at the Vienna State Opera).

Additional seminars are offered by Mario Marella (specialist in biomechanics for soccer, fencing, figure-skating at the University of Florence who will address physical training) , Alberto De Sanctis (trainer and coach in the art of communications and public speaking, who will discuss effective communications beyond performance and team building) and Alessandro Temperani (psychologist and psychotherapist, IBA Certified Bioenergetics Therapist, who will present a session on Bioenergetics).

 The Corso d’Opera’s intention is to create a sustainable financial and educational model that will revitalize Italian opera, one of the country’s greatest assets. By supporting young singers at a critical point in their careers, the Corso d’Opera guides them through their training and development to the international opera stage. Entirely financed by generous contributions from individuals, non-profit organizations and Foundations, the Corso d’Opera offers 12 study grants to selected participants of the 2018 course. These study grants enable the young singers to go on to the next level of their training.

For more information and to register:   www.corsodopera.org  – info@corsodopera.com

The Corso d’Opera is grateful to all its supporters, in particular the Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio of Florence and the City of Cortona and the Consorzio Cortona Vini.

Masterclass Corso d’Opera, from this year in Cortona,
from 21th June to 10th July 2017

With just over a month to go before the beginning of the 2017 program, the Corso d’Opera is pleased to announce that a new President will shortly be leading the organization. Current General Director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer, Honorary Member of the Corso d’Opera since 2013 and Founding Member and Consultant since 2017, has accepted the nomination as President of the association, beginning in January 2018. His nomination will be formalized shortly.
With the nomination of Mr. Meyer, the Corso d’Opera – inspired and created by Maestro Bruno Bartoletti, continues the intense and ongoing work, that in the four years since its foundation, has placed it among leading national and international opera training programs.
From 21 June to 10 July, the Corso d’Opera will take place in Cortona, a fascinating city of art located in the heart of Tuscany. The students of this Masterclass will arrive from Argentina, Belgium, the Ukraine, Hungary, Italy, Romania, China and America to participate in a complex, varied and multidisciplinary program that addresses the many facets of professional opera.
The internationally renowned faculty includes soprano mezzosoprano Mirella Parutto (Vocal Technique), bass Michele Pertusi (Vocal Interpretation), baritone Lucio Gallo (Vocal Interpretation – Chamber Music and Opera), pianist Angelo Michele Errico (Concert Preparation), dancer and choreographer Alessandra Panzavolta (Body Movement and Interpretation), along with the collaborative pianists Richard Barker and Simone Savina. They are joined by Giuseppe Oldani (President of ARIACS, the association of Italian agents), Mario Marella (specialist in biomechanics for soccer, fencing, figure-skating at the University of Florence), Alberto de Sanctis (trainer and coach in the art of communications and public speaking) Gabriele Coletti (nutritional expert for high-performance athletes) and Alessandro Temperani (psychologist and psychotherapist I.I.B.A.).
One of the goals of the Corso d’Opera’s is to create a sustainable financial and educational model that will revitalize Italian opera, one of the country’s greatest assets. By supporting young singers at a critical point in their careers, the Corso d’Opera guides them through their training and development to the international opera stage. Entirely financed by generous contributions from individuals, non-profit organizations and Foundations, the Corso d’Opera offers twelve study grants to selected participants of the 2017 course. These study grants enable the young singers to go on to the next level of their training.

Masterclass di perfezionamento Corso d’Opera, da quest’anno a Cortona,
dal 21 giugno al 10 luglio 2017
iscrizioni entro il 20 aprile 

Tecnica vocale, Interpretazione, Bioenergetica, Movimento Corporeo, Self-Managing, Public Speaking e Alimentazione Corretta: sono solo alcune tra le discipline in programma per la Sesta Edizione di Corso d’Opera, l’intenso percorso di alta formazione per giovani cantanti lirici professionisti che, dal 21 giugno al 10 luglio di quest’anno, si terrà da quest’anno nel cuore della Toscana, a Cortona. Tra i docenti di canto, tutti di fama internazionale, che si alterneranno alla guida degli studenti, ricordiamo Dolora Zajlck, Michele Pertusi e Lucio Gallo con la collaborazione dei pianisti Mzia Bachtouridze e Angelo Michele Errico.

Pensato, ispirato e voluto da Bruno Bartoletti, Corso d’Opera si colloca nel panorama nazionale e internazionale dell’alto perfezionamento lirico, con precise e ben connotate caratteristiche che lo rendono unico nel suo genere: il focus viene posto programmaticamente sul “professionista” lirico considerato nella sua accezione più complessa e completa, declinandone la formazione con l’obiettivo di rendere l’artista pienamente padrone della propria professione.

L’intento di Corso d’Opera va oltre la pur necessaria e imprescindibile formazione musicale del cantante, per giungere a plasmare un professionista capace di interagire con il mondo della lirica – teatri d’opera, enti concertistici, orchestre e direttori, rappresentanti lirici, giornalisti e critici – in modo consapevole e nella piena padronanza del proprio ruolo e della propria professione.

Corso d’Opera, con i suoi progetti, intende attuare un modello di investimento sostenibile per restituire vitalità all’Opera lirica, universalmente riconosciuta come autentica eccellenza italiana. Seleziona giovani cantanti, li supporta nella formazione e li guida verso una carriera professionale, perché possano diventare ambasciatori dell’Opera italiana in tutto il mondo. Interamente sostenuto grazie ai preziosi contributi di privati, Enti no profit e Fondazioni, Corso d’Opera finanzia dodici borse di studio destinate ai selezionatissimi studenti che prenderanno parte al progetto formativo 2017. 

Prestigiosi i nomi dei docenti impegnati anche nell’edizione 2017 di Corso d’Opera, che vanno dalla mezzosoprano Dolora Zajick (Tecnica Vocale), con Mzia Bachouritze al pianoforte, al basso Michele Pertusi (Interpretazione), alla danzatrice e coreografa Alessandra Panzavolta (Movimento corporeo ed interpretazione del movimento) al baritono Lucio Gallo (Interpretazione, Musica da camera e operistica), al pianista Angelo Michele Errico (Lezioni di preparazione al concerto). Al loro fianco, Giuseppe Oldani (presidente ARIACS, associazione italiana agenti), Mario Marella (biomedico delle squadre nazionali di calcio, scherma, pattinaggio artistico dell’Università di Firenze), Alberto de Sanctis (formatore, coach esperto di comunicazione efficace, public speaking), Gabriele Coletti (nutrizionista, esperto nel settore delle prestazioni ad alto rendimento fisico), Alessandro Temperani (psicologo e psicoterapeuta I.I.B.A ).

Per maggiori informazioni e iscrizioni:
www.corsodopera.cominfo@corsodopera.com

Corso d’Opera riconosce con gratitudine il supporto di tutti i suoi sostenitori, in particolare della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze e della Città di Cortona.

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