I’m a singer interested in attending one of your courses – where do I start?
Our courses and coaching cater for singers of all levels. Whether you are a professional, student or amateur singer, we recommend joining one of our one-day UK coaching masterclasses in the first instance to get a taster of the Melofonetica Method and its benefits.
If you can’t make it to our masterclasses, need support more quickly or prefer to work on a one-to-one basis, contact us about one-to-one coaching which can be taken in person or online via Skype or FaceTime.
You may also like to consider joining one of our recitative weekends or applying for one of our Veneto Opera Summer School programmes in Italy. Our Aria and Song Week is open to all levels while our Staged Scenes Programme is aimed at advanced and professional singers.
Observer places are also available on most of our courses if you’d like to come along to learn more without singing. If you’re unsure about where to start, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your skills and experience and which course would be best for you.
I’m an accompanist – can I benefit from attending a Melofonetica course?
If you are a professional or student accompanist looking to build your skills in accompanying and/or coaching singers in Italian repertoire, the Melofonetica Method will give you a better understanding of the relationship between Italian diction and music, how language informs phrasing and articulation and how to accompany and coach singers more effectively in Italian.
I’m an instrumentalist – can the Melofonetica Method benefit me?
Yes – the Melofonetica Method helps orchestras and conductors to better prepare Italian repertoire and provides a better understanding of how clear and correct diction enhances dialogue between stage and orchestra.
If you’re a conductor or director preparing for the production of an Italian opera and want to ensure you have a full understanding of the libretto text, from the idiomatic sounds and rhythm of the language, to the meaning and metrics of the lines, contact us to discuss one-to-one coaching/consultancy.
I’m a vocal coach, how can I learn more?
If you are a vocal or opera coach looking to develop your understanding of sung Italian language and improve your ability to coach singers in Italian repertoire, we recommend attending any of our courses as an observer or participant. Alternatively, we can provide one-to-one coaching/consultancy tailored to your needs as a vocal coach.
Do I need to have a particular level of spoken Italian to attend a Melofonetica course?
No – having some skills in spoken Italian helps, but the Melofonetica Method guides singers to achieve correct Italian diction in the sung language, without needing a prior knowledge of the spoken language. The approach helps singers of all levels and nationalities to achieve idiomatic sounding sung Italian, whatever level you are starting from.
Do I need any knowledge of phonetics to start working with the Melofonetica Method?
If you have previously studied phonetics, in Italian or any other language, this will of course be helpful, but it is by no means expected before you work with us. The method introduces some key phonetic concepts at relevant stages, in a way that is easy to follow, and is designed to be accessible for those who have no prior knowledge of phonetics.
Do I need to be confident singing a full aria off copy before bringing this to a Melofonetica course?
You should know as much of your piece as possible, but the coaching sessions in our courses are working sessions that are tailored to your level. If you prefer to work more slowly, you can focus purely on the text, working in ‘Gregorian chant’ style instead of singing the full piece.
Which repertoire is best to bring to a Melofonetica course?
There’s no particular type of repertoire that’s most suitable for our courses as the method applies to all Italian repertoire, from Monteverdi to Puccini. If you wish to focus on recitative, then it would be ideal to attend one of our recitative weekends, but you can also bring recitative to our other courses.