Lily Scott shares her highlights of Veneto Opera Summer School
We talk to Lily Scott, soprano, who attended the advanced and professional level week of last year’s Veneto Opera Summer School in Bassano del Grappa.
What’s your favourite memory from the summer school?
The concert that we gave at the end of the week at the Museo Civico in Bassano del Grappa was an unforgettable experience: probably the most charming and beautiful venue I’ve sung in. Singing in the open air also really reinforced the importance of communicating the text and how the right execution can be so much more emotive for the audience. It was also a joy and privilege to be able to sing in Italian, in Italy, to an Italian audience!
How has attending the course helped you in your singing career?
My goal is always that my performance is indiscernible from that of a native speaker. The principles of the Melofonetica Method have had a powerful effect on my ability to achieve this in Italian, and as a result I have secured concerts in Spain, Germany and Italy.
Something that really stood out to me during the course was Matteo’s attention to the significance of consonants. I have noticed a HUGE difference when applying this part of the method to my singing. I am deeply grateful to Matteo for the extra confidence he helped me develop.
The incredible mentoring and guidance from Conductor, Peter Ford and Répétiteur, Julie Aherne also cannot go unmentioned – their advice and angle on the Melofonetica Method was so helpful and enriching.
What advice would you give others who are considering applying for the summer school?
Do not hesitate! The course is a deeply informative series of seminars and performance workshops taking place every day which guarantee significant improvement in your voice and Italian delivery.
The immersion in Italian culture in the astounding Veneto region is also invaluable; we had (probably way too much) delicious food and wine, visited the vineyards, explored Bassano and Asolo and Venice … the whole experience was fantastic, organised by Jamila (Academy Manager) whose planning was meticulous!
What are your current singing projects and what’s on the horizon?
I’m currently working professionally as a singer and performances this month include a concert of world and folk choral music with London Contemporary Voices at Union Chapel, London, and singing the Spanish and English National Anthems for a national professional mixed martial arts (MMA) event. There are also some music festivals on the horizon in the summer in the UK, France and Italy, for which I am extremely excited!