Opera Viva! Online Seminar

Join us this summer for a week-long seminar, sampling highlights of our famed
opera program in Verona, mixed with a few surprises and fun activities!


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Join us from July 26 – July 31, 2021 for a seminar featuring lectures, masterclasses and personalized coaching.  Each singer will work with our faculty to prepare and record an Italian aria that will be broadcast in a streamed concert on the final day of the program.

Online lectures and masterclasses will be scheduled from 11 am EDT – 2 pm EDT Monday -Friday July 26-July 30. Recordings of each lecture and masterclass will be available to registered students for later viewing.

Each student will receive a private voice lesson, vocal coaching and stage direction coaching.  Private lessons will be scheduled throughout the day during the week.

Social events will allow students and faculty to get to know each other, with a generous sampling of stories about our summers in bella Verona.

Seminar students may enter the Opera Viva! Italian Aria Competition at no additional charge, and their competition entries will be due after the week-long seminar.

Applications are due by June 30, 2020 so apply today!

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Lectures and Masterclasses Schedule

A History of Recit in Italian Opera, by Joyce Fieldsend from The Royal College in London

Preparing Your Resumé & Headshot, by Gordon Ostrowski from The Manhattan School of Music

Opera & Musical Theater Crossover, by Dr. Julianne Olson from Lee University

Recit Masterclasses with Filippo Ciabatti from Dartmouth College and Gerardo Felisatti from Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Preparing for Opera Scenes with David Walsh from the University of Minnesota and Kristin Kenning from Samford University

Individual lessons and coachings

Voice teachers: Katherine Ciesinski from the Eastman School of Music and Lauren Athey-Janka from Westminster Choir College, Rowan University and West Chester University

Vocal coaches: Joyce Fieldsend from The Royal College in London and Lisa Sylvester from the USC Thornton School of Music

Stage directors:  David Walsh from the University of Minnesota and Kristin Kenning from Samford University

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