Veneto Opera Summer School
& Arte Lirica Festival 2019
for singers, pianists and instrumentalists
11-25 August 2019, Bassano del Grappa & Asolo, Italy
Please note: places for female singers are now provisionally filled, but please contact us if you’d like to join the waiting list
An enriching programme of coaching, masterclasses and performances including staged opera scenes from La bohème, Don Giovanni and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Led by renowned Italian Coach and Melofonetica Founder Dr. Matteo Dalle Fratte (Royal Opera House, National Opera Studio, Guildhall School, Royal College of Music, London).
“Hands down worth every single penny. You can only benefit from this course, it should be mandatory for all young professionals who are seriously thinking of going into the profession.”
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With leading language coaching and music coaching to improve diction, expression and musicality, the programme will prepare participants for a range of exciting Festival performances – including recitals, pop-up events and staged scenes at Asolo’s royal opera house, Teatro Eleonora Duse. We are proud to have received exceptional feedback from all our previous course participants – read numerous reviews here and join us to experience the difference yourself!
Opportunities for singers
We invite advanced and professional singers to join us for the two-week programme, 11-25 August, in one of the following roles:
La bohème, Puccini – excerpts from Acts 1 and 2
Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Musetta, Mimì
Don Giovanni, Mozart – full Act 1 Finale
Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Masetto, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna, Zerlina
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi – excerpts from Act 2
Ulisse (tenor), Anfinomo (tenor), Antinoo (baritone), Penelope (mezzo), Pisandro (mezzo or countertenor).
We welcome singers of all levels looking to develop skills and experience in Italian repertoire to join us as a chorus participant on either the one-week programme, 18-25 August, or two-week programme, 11-25 August.
Opportunities for pianists
We invite pianists looking to develop operatic accompaniment experience and/or skills as a répétiteur to join us for the two-week programme, 11-25 August.
Opportunities for instrumentalists
We welcome applications from both individual instrumentalists and ensemble groups interested in developing experience in playing for opera. Instrumentalists are invited to join the two-week programme, 11-25 August.
All programmes include:
- Inspiring coaching, lectures and masterclasses with renowned Italian coach Matteo Dalle Fratte and our experienced music coaches
- Performances as part of Arte Lirica Festival 2019 in iconic Asolo
- High quality, half-board accommodation in a comfortable ensuite room, with breakfast and wonderful Italian lunches (excl. 21 to 24 August when participants will be free to explore Asolo at lunchtime)
- Welcome aperitivo in Bassano’s historic centre
- Celebratory pizza and prosecco dinner
For full details of fees, accommodation and how to apply, download the programme brochure. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Scroll down for more about the Festival, faculty, reviews, videos and photos.
We are delighted to launch Arte Lirica Festival in Asolo. Directed by Dr. Matteo Dalle Fratte and supported by the Comune di Asolo, the Festival aims to inspire and engage both local residents and visitors to the town, showcasing the excellence of Italian opera repertoire and the talent of our international summer school artists.
The 2019 Festival features a range of exciting performances including pop-up events in Asolo’s main square, a lecture recital on Monteverdi and the work of former Asolo resident and composer Malipiero, and performances of scenes from La bohème, Don Giovanni and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at Teatro Eleonora Duse. This illustrious theatre is built inside what was once the great hall of Queen Caterina Cornaro’s castle.
Friday 16 August Public recital at Chiesa San Vito, Bassano del Grappa
Saturday 17 August Open-air gala concert in Crespano del Grappa
Sunday 18 August Pop-up in piazza, Asolo – excerpts from Don Giovanni
Tuesday 20 August Lecture recital, Casa Malipiero/Sala Consigliare, Asolo – excerpts from Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and repertoire by Malipiero.
Thursday 22 August Pop-up in piazza, Asolo – excerpts from La bohème
Friday 23 August Staged opera scenes from La bohème, Don Giovanni and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo
Saturday 24 August Staged opera scenes from La bohème, Don Giovanni and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo
Fantastic coaching… the masterclasses/coaching split was perfect. Venue (and the food!) was also amazing and the course was superbly organised. Generally fantastic!
This week has transformed not only my use of Italian, but my awareness of language in singing more generally.
Do this if you can! Matteo knows his stuff - the science & art of sung Italian. The right approach for theatre, singer, audience & conductor.
Thank you so, so much for organising this, it's the best singing course I've ever been on!
Right from the first day I felt like I understood the Italian language far better – and how to better help and guide singers