Intensive Italian Coaching Masterclasses

One-day sessions in small groups to develop confidence and skills in Italian repertoire – singers may bring any Italian aria or song.

Advanced and Professional levels

Through vocalising and one-to-one coaching sessions, singers will learn tools and techniques to create more expression, better phrasing and a more authentic Italian sound. The day includes an overview of the Melofonetica Method, vocalising, guided listening, tailored one-to-one coaching and a Q&A session.

Coach: Matteo Dalle Fratte
Suitable for: Advanced and professional level singers who already have experience of performing Italian repertoire, or singers who have already gained a good understanding of the Melofonetica Method and are ready to work at a more advanced level. Also open to accompanists and observers. Singers can bring any one piece of Italian repertoire (from 16th to 20th century) with any level of tessitura (vocal range) and coloratura (ornamentation).
Next masterclass: Saturday 19 October 2019
Venue: National Opera Studio, London, SW18 4HZ
Fees: Singers £145; accompanists £115; observers £45.

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“This masterclass helped me shape an aria I was having trouble with. It made a significant difference as it changed my approach to working on it.”

Joana, Soprano

Improvers / all levels

An opportunity to get a good basic understanding or refresher of the fundamentals of correct Italian diction using the Melofonetica Method and benefit from one-to-one coaching in any piece of Italian repertoire. The day includes an overview of the Melofonetica Method, vocalising, guided listening, tailored one-to-one coaching for singers and a Q&A session.

Coach: Matteo Dalle Fratte
Suitable for: All singers who have some experience of studying Italian repertoire but are new to the Melofonetica Method, or singers who have some knowledge of the method but would like a refresher of the fundamentals. Also open to accompanists and observers. Singers can bring any one piece of Italian repertoire (from 16th to 20th century), preferably with easy to medium tessitura (vocal range) and coloratura (ornamentation).
Next masterclass: Autumn 2019 date tbc, join our mailing list to be the first to hear about the next date and early bird offers.
Venue: National Opera Studio, London, SW18 4HZ
Fees: Singers £145 (or £125 early bird); accompanists £115 (or £95 early bird); observers £45.

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“Today has given me more confidence in singing in Italian, especially with the rules for long consonants… I really enjoyed this and would love to do it again.” 

Arina, mezzo

Italian Diction Bootcamp

An intensive day to focus on correct articulation of the full spectrum of sung Italian sounds.

Focusing on the building blocks of correct Italian diction, this intensive day will help singers of all levels prepare for any Italian repertoire. Through a range of vocalising exercises using words and lines from popular arias, singers will:

  • understand how to correctly articulate and distinguish short and long consonant sounds – including ‘hidden’ long consonants (geminations), stop, sibilant and sonorant consonants
  • explore different vowel timbres
  • have time to focus on the trickier Italian sounds such as gl, t and r
  • understand the correct use of legato
  • take away a toolkit of useful vocalising warm-up exercises
  • feel more confident in creating an authentic Italian sound

Coach: Matteo Dalle Fratte
Suitable for: Singers of all levels. No prior knowledge of the Melofonetica Method is required.
Next workshop: Sunday 6 October 2019
Venue: National Opera Studio, London, SW18 4HZ
Fees: Singers £95

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“An excellent opportunity to improve Italian diction”

The Art of Italian Recitative

A weekend workshop to improve diction, phrasing and expression in opera scenes.

These workshops are designed to develop skills and confidence in Italian recitative. They include an overview of Italian metrics, one-to-one coaching sessions and the preparation and performance of well-known recitative opera scenes by composers such as Mozart and Handel. Singers will gain a better understanding of the structure of Italian recitative, improve articulation, phrasing and expression, and feel better equipped to perform Italian recitative in scenes.

Coaches: Matteo Dalle Fratte and Peter Ford
Suitable for: Advanced and professional level singers who already have experience of performing Italian repertoire, or singers who have already gained a good understanding of the Melofonetica Method and are ready to work at a more advanced level. Also open to accompanists and observers. Singers can bring any one piece of Italian recitative for one-to-one coaching, either secco or accompagnato, and will also be sent recitative opera scenes to prepare in advance.
Next workshop: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2019
Venue: National Opera Studio, London, SW18 4HZ
Fees: Singers £225, accompanists £175, observers £45 one day/£75 both days.

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“The coaching gave a much clearer way to approach recitative, rather than just relying on theatrical instinct.”

Mary, soprano

Cantiamo! Choral workshops

Spend a day working on a range of Italian and Latin choral pieces with a focus on improving diction.

Our Cantiamo! days provide an opportunity to focus on diction and performance as an ensemble, working on a range of Italian and Latin choral pieces. The days include language and music coaching and a final informal performance.

Coaches: Matteo Dalle Fratte, Peter Ford and Julie Aherne
Suitable for: All singers aged 18 or over with some prior experience of studying choral and/or operatic repertoire. Open to all voice types.
Next event: Date and venue tbc, join our mailing list to be the first to know.
Watch the video here to see one of our previous events.

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“A totally immersive and exhilarating experience – I learned so much in such a short time!”

Gallery

A selection of images from previous Masterclasses & Workshops.