Veneto Opera Summer School 2020

19–26 July 2020: Aria and Song Week for singers and pianists, with visits to the Prosecco vineyards and La Fenice

9–23 August 2020: Staged Scenes Programme for singers, pianists and instrumentalists, with performances in Arte Lirica Festival

Join us in Bassano del Grappa for inspirational masterclasses in Italian repertoire, tailored one-to-one coaching and performances for Italian audiences in stunning venues. Programmes led by renowned Italian Coach and Melofonetica Founder Dr. Matteo Dalle Fratte (Royal Opera House, National Opera Studio, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School, London) with our faculty of experienced coaches.

£100 early bird discount on all programmes until 31 January 2020!

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

“One of the most amazing, insightful and enjoyable Italian courses out there!” – April, soprano

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica
Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Aria and Song Week, 19-26 July 2020, for singers and pianists

An enriching programme of Italian repertoire coaching, performances and cultural experiences:

  • Masterclasses and coaching to improve sung Italian diction, expression and performance skills
  • Performances for Italian audiences
  • Visits to the beautiful Prosecco vineyards and stunning La Fenice opera house in Venice
  • Pianists will accompany singers in a wide range of Italian repertoire during coaching and performances and benefit from one-to-one coaching in how to use the Melofonetica Method to collaborate more effectively with singers
  • High quality accommodation with air conditioning, breakfast and three-course Italian lunches

“The week transformed not only my use of Italian, but my awareness of language in singing more generally.” – Johanna, soprano

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Staged Scenes Programme, 9–23 August 2020, for singers, pianists and instrumentalists, with performances in Arte Lirica Festival

An exceptional programme of Italian repertoire coaching and performances in Arte Lirica Festival. The Festival is supported by the Città di Asolo and includes gala concerts, pop-up events, staged scenes at Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo and more.

  • Così fan tutte, Mozart – full Act 1 Finale
  • Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni – excerpts including the Easter Hymn
  • Falstaff, Verdi – excerpts from Act 3
Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica
Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

For singers

  • Improve diction, musicality and expression in sung Italian with masterclasses and coaching using the highly effective Melofonetica Method
  • Tailored one-to-one music coaching
  • Dedicated ensemble coaching and sessions with our orchestra
  • Performances in a range of exciting Festival events
  • Practical tools, guidance and experience that you can take away and apply to all your Italian repertoire… and much more!

Principal and cover roles:
Così fan tutte: Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso
Cavalleria Rusticana: Alfio, Mamma Lucia, Santuzza
Falstaff: Alice, Nannetta, Meg, Mistress Quickly, Bardolfo, Cajus, Fenton, Falstaff, Ford, Pistola

“A fantastic experience, the coaching for any repertoire was excellent and I absolutely loved being able to perform in those stunning venues.” – Veronika, soprano

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

For pianists

  • Accompany singers in a wide range of Italian repertoire during coaching sessions, rehearsals and performances
  • Benefit from one-to-one coaching in how to use the Melofonetica Method to collaborate more effectively with singers
  • Work closely alongside singers to explore how language informs phrasing and articulation
  • Improve skills in orchestral playing and working with a conductor
  • Perform in a range of exciting Festival events… and much more!

“The Melofonetica Method showed me the beauty and sophistication of the Italian language… an amazing and fruitful experience!” – Cadis, pianist

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

For instrumentalists

  • Learn how the Melofonetica Method helps orchestras and conductors to better prepare Italian repertoire
  • Work closely alongside singers to explore how clear and correct diction enhances dialogue between stage and orchestra
  • Rehearse with and without singers, with time to explore new approaches with our conductor
  • Perform in a range of exciting Festival events including staged scenes at Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo… and much more!

“A great opportunity for any instrumentalist to gain experience playing in operas, with fantastic coaches and musicians” – Rebecca, flautist

Hear from previous participants:

High quality accommodation in beautiful Bassano del Grappa

  • Picturesque riverside setting on the banks of the River Brenta
  • 5-10 mins walk from Bassano’s historic centre
  • Spacious teaching rooms onsite
  • High quality, ensuite bedrooms with air conditioning and wifi
  • Continental breakfast and three-course Italian lunches
Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Faculty

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Matteo Dalle Fratte

Lead Coach

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Peter Ford

Conductor and Coach

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Julie Aherne

Pianist and Coach

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Bernard Tan

Pianist and Coach

Veneto Opera Summer School Melofonetica

Alessandra Fasolo

Italian Coach

Reviews

  • Fantastic coaching… the masterclasses/coaching split was perfect. Venue (and the food!) was also amazing and the course was superbly organised. Generally fantastic!

    Tom Baritone
  • This week has transformed not only my use of Italian, but my awareness of language in singing more generally.

    Johanna Soprano
  • Do this if you can! Matteo knows his stuff - the science & art of sung Italian. The right approach for theatre, singer, audience & conductor.

    Matthew Waldren Conductor
  • Thank you so, so much for organising this, it's the best singing course I've ever been on!

    Singer Veneto Opera Summer School 2018
  • Right from the first day I felt like I understood the Italian language far better – and how to better help and guide singers

    Emily Pianist
  • A fantastic experience, the coaching for any repertoire was excellent and I absolutely loved being able to perform in those stunning venues.
    Veronika Soprano