The Melofonetica Method™ is a transformative approach to Italian diction in opera. Based on over a decade of research and coaching and with proven results on high profile productions and recordings, the method helps singers to:
- Get a clear vision of the building blocks of excellent sung Italian
- Cut through complexities to rapidly achieve incisive, idiomatic sung Italian diction
- Enhance vocal quality and breath support through the correct use of consonants
- Strengthen dramatic expression and deliver a convincing performance
- Sing in Italian with greater command and ease
"I urge everyone remotely interested in bel canto to embrace it and dive in!" – Sir Mark Elder, conductor
"It's absolutely wonderful to have the Melofonetica Method to work with" – Lise Davidsen, soprano
"Creates fantastic energy and expression… It’s a huge bonus for any interpretation." – Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
"Invaluable for all singers looking to achieve an authentic Italian sound." – Ramón Vargas, tenor
"Clear, concise, consistent – and it works wonders." – Philip White, Head of Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Sir Mark Elder and Matteo Dalle Fratte introduce the Melofonetica Method book at ROH Insights: Aida
Sir Mark Elder and Matteo Dalle Fratte discuss working with singers in Italian and the new Melofonetica Method book. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Insights event on Aida, London, 27 April 2023. Thank you to ROH for permission to share.
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Please see further guidance below on our courses, coaching and consultancy services. Feel free to contact us if you have questions that aren’t answered here.
I’m a singer interested in improving my sung Italian – where do I start?
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Do I need to have a particular level of spoken Italian to attend a course or understand the Melofonetica Method?
Do I need any knowledge of phonetics to start working with the Melofonetica Method?
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Which repertoire is best to bring to a Melofonetica course or coaching session?
"Matteo’s method of coaching creates fantastic energy and expression… It’s a huge bonus for any interpretation."
SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER
"All singers looking to perfect their sung Italian must try the Melofonetica Method."
"Thank you for such an exciting and inspiring session – I felt so alive!"
"Melofonetica is the right approach for theatre, singer, audience & conductor."
MATTHEW KOFI WALDREN
Conductor and International Opera Awards Finalist