On Sunday 19 August, singers on the second week of our Veneto Opera Summer School gave a wonderful final concert to a packed Italian audience at Bassano’s historic Chiesa San Vito.

The evening was presented by Matteo Dalle Fratte, Melofonetica’s Founder, who gave insight into each singer’s background and the pieces performed, including arias by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti and Verdi.

Excitement started to build early with audience members arriving up to an hour before the concert to get the best seats. Throughout the evening the audience was warm and engaged, giving resounding applause after each aria performed. It was clear that they not only understood the lyrics but they were also moved by the emotions expressed in each piece, a true test of clear and expressive sung Italian!

Verdi’s Va pensiero provided a rousing finale and ended with a standing ovation – testament to the hard work put in by all singers and coaches during an intensive week of coaching in sung Italian diction, expression and musicality.

At the post-concert celebratory dinner in the historic centre of Bassano, soprano Amie described the experience, “It was so beautiful that the audience were so uplifted, even though I was nervous, when I was walking on stage they were all smiling at me and that put me at ease – I really enjoyed it!”

Fellow soprano Bouchra also commented, “I wouldn’t have imagined such a reaction from the audience when I sang, it was marvellous!”

Graham, baritone, added, “The experience here in such a beautiful town at the foot of the mountains, and in such a beautiful church with such an appreciative audience, it’s tingling!”

Well done to all the singers, conductor and music coach Peter Ford, and music coaches and pianists Julie Aherne and Bernard Tan.