Veneto Opera Summer School

Aria and Song week

Led by Matteo Dalle Fratte, Founder of Melofonetica and renowned Italian coach

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

11 to 18 August 2024

For singers and pianists

Join us to benefit from:

  • A full overview of the transformative Melofonetica Method,¬†giving you the tools and techniques to¬†make a rapid improvement to your¬†Italian lyric diction, expression and performance skills
  • 4 hours¬†of one-to-one coaching, including sessions with each member of our faculty,¬†to prepare¬†your choice of Italian aria or song
  • Unlimited access¬†to observe inspiring Italian masterclasses
  • 6 hours¬†of vocalising and ensemble sessions¬†to polish¬†Italian pronunciation and enhance musicality
  • 2 x¬†1 hour¬†workshops:
    • Working effectively with a pianist and conductor: understand how to optimise the collaborative relationship with your accompanist or conductor
    • Sung Italian in the body: explore how good sung Italian benefits singing technique and benefit from simple yoga exercises to develop inner awareness and quality of breath connection
  • 3 x 45-minute morning yoga sessions¬†(optional but included at no additional cost)
  • A collaborative, supportive and inspiring environment led by highly effective coaches
  • The opportunity to meet, learn and sing with participants from all over the world while enjoying la dolce vita in beautiful, historic Bassano del Grappa

Plus the options to:

  • Perform in a concert¬†for an Italian audience and enjoy a celebratory dinner at the end of the week
  • Enjoy a visit to a local organic vineyard, with tastings of wine, olive oil and other local products
  • Learn about grappa production with a visit to a local grapperia

‚ÄúI loved every aspect of this course from the method itself to the staff, rehearsals, masterclasses and the performances. The course took into consideration everyone‚Äôs individual voice type and level of training and made sure they were used to their fullest potential so everyone got to show off their talents. The staff were also very kind, patient and understanding to every participant. Cannot recommend this course enough.‚ÄĚ

April, soprano

‚ÄúThe week transformed not only my use of Italian, but my awareness of language in singing more generally.‚ÄĚ

Johanna, soprano



£795 tuition package as above excluding optional activities.

Course fee includes: All masterclasses, coaching, workshops, use of practice rooms at specified times, administration and course materials.

Fees don't include accommodation or board; participants are free to arrange their own accommodation in Bassano del Grappa. Our teaching venue, the Scalabrini Institute, provides comfortable, high quality accommodation onsite which may be booked separately at very reasonable rates (please contact us for more details).

Observer places are also available for those who'd like to watch some or all of the teaching. Please contact us for rates and more details.

Apply now

Places will be offered to suitable applicants on a first come, first served basis. Participants must be aged 18 or over on 11 August. Please note that all tuition is in English.


We welcome singers of all levels and language backgrounds, as long as you have some prior experience of studying Italian repertoire. Please either complete the online application form or apply via email with the following:

  • A brief CV
  • A short video or audio clip of you performing any Italian repertoire
  • Your voice type¬†


Pianists will benefit from tailored coaching in how to use the Melofonetica Method to better prepare Italian repertoire and collaborate more effectively with singers. To apply as a pianist, you'll need to have, or be studying for, a conservatoire or university music degree with a strong performance element, or have equivalent experience. If you're a pianist interested in joining us, please contact us for more information.


If you'd like to attend one or more days to watch some of the teaching and see the Melofonetica Method in action, please contact us for observer rates and further details.

More information
If you have any queries about the programme or you’d like an informal chat about any aspect, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your application!




Matteo Dalle Fratte


Peter Ford


Julie Aherne


Madeleine Holmes


Alessandra Fasolo


Jamila Jones



The Scalabrini Institute is the peaceful and comfortable location for all of our tuition during the week. The teaching rooms are spacious, with views towards the mountains, the town and the famous Ponte Vecchio.

The venue also provides comfortable, high quality accommodation for those who would like the convenience of staying onsite:

  • Air-conditioned ensuite bedrooms
  • Continental breakfast and three-course Italian lunches
  • Wifi
  • Use of a small kitchen and washing machine
  • Access to scenic riverside walks

Rooms at the Scalabrini Institute may be booked separately (please contact us for details).

‚ÄúThe venue was amazing and the course was superbly organised. Generally fantastic!‚ÄĚ

Tom, baritone



Bassano del Grappa

Our venue, the peaceful Scalabrini Institute, is located beside the river in central Bassano del Grappa. Bassano is a beautiful, historic town at the foothills of the Alps in the Veneto region and takes its name from nearby Monte Grappa.

The historic centre of Bassano is just a 5-10 minute scenic riverside walk from our venue. It is pretty and compact with many bars, restaurants and boutiques. The architecture is a blend of typical Venetian arcaded streets and piazzas, and Austrian alpine wooden balconies.

The town is well known for its Ponte Vecchio, a historic wooden bridge designed by Palladio which crosses the river Brenta, locally-produced ceramics and grappa liqueur.

Bassano is within easy reach of Venice Marco Polo, Treviso and Verona airports. There are also direct trains from Venice, Vicenza and Padova. Parking is available at our venue if required.





Matteo Dalle Fratte discusses the Melofonetica Method and its benefits