Staged Opera Scenes
August 15th-23rd, 2020
Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italy
• 1-2-1 voice lessons
• music coaching
• language coaching
• role study
• intensive musical and staging rehearsals with a stage and music director.
Group classes in:
• stagecraft / performance
• interpretation of individual scenes,
All culminating in 2 public performances, 'Vox in Concert' on the evening of Wednesday 19th August and 'Staged Opera Scenes' Saturday 22nd August evening. Please note: performances start at 20:00.
A public masterclass will also take place on Tuesday 18th August in the Palazzo Guarnieri 17:00-20:00 for selected singers.
Vox Integra is delighted to be holding it’s third Opera Scenes Workshop in the historic citadel of Feltre in Northern Italy. This intensive week long course consists of in-depth individual and ensemble sessions on opera arias. recitatives and scenes. Each participant will have the opportunity to work closely with each tutor, music director and stage director in order to develop a sense of the different aspects of opera performance - the learning is then put on its feet in various performance opportunities.
Last year as well as performing in the Palazzo Guarnieri, we had the extraordinary privilege of performing for the first time on stage in the historic Teatro de la Sena! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity - singing and performing Italy’s most famous art form, on an original 17th century Italian stage.
This year the theatre is unavailable due to extensive renovation (completion of renovations is scheduled for 2021). However, Maestro Corradi and the team have devised an exciting interactive series of stagings throughout the Palazzo Guarnieri.
Our internationally acclaimed artistic team will be Paolo Vaglieri, Music Director; Mario Corradi, Stage Director; Theresa Goble, mezzo-soprano, Guildhall voice professor, and Vox Integra founder; Beverley Worboys, soprano, producer and voice teacher; Brian Parsons, tenor, accompanist and coach; and Michael Pugh, acclaimed pianist, accompanist and coach.
Vox doesn’t hold formal auditions but if you’re not known to members of the team, then we request you send us a recent video clip of you singing. Rather than fitting singers into pre ordained scenes, we intend to fit the scenes around the singers, so as best to match the skill level and development of each participant.
What Participants Can Expect
This year’s artistic team was created to give Vox participants the highest degree of professionalism and rigour with the greatest amount of support. Our team of experienced professionals in the field is guaranteed to impart each participant with invaluable learning in one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities - a truly unique educational experience.
Vox participants range in levels from talented and passionate amateurs to professionals at the start of their careers. We intend that each participant is featured in a main role / scene as well as part of an ensemble scene. In order that everyone has the maximum 1-2-1 attention, the course will be restricted to a maximum of 20 places.
Our artistic team has the expertise and experience necessary to bring the best out of each individual singer.
Our focus is individual development and transformation. What’s important to us is the individual journey and growth, no matter where one begins. Each singer, no matter the level, can expect professional coaching. In turn, we expect a professional attitude - learning your music and aria before arrival, punctuality, team work, dedication to the tasks at hand, and participation in all group exercises.
We value collaboration and team work among all singers. Opera, is in fact a collaborative art form that requires cooperation, empathy and discipline from all players.
We expect everyone to support each other’s work and development.
A TYPICAL DAY
Lessons will take place 9am-1pm; there will be a break from 1pm-5pm for lunch, sightseeing, general rest and relaxation, and private study. Lessons/rehearsals then resume from 5pm-8pm.
Feltre, located at the foot of the Dolomites is home to the historic Palazzo Guarneri, where all lessons will take place throughout the week. Feltre is also home to the Teatro della Sena, aka the “Piccola Fenice”, designed by the same architect as the original Venetian.
Known in Roman times as Feltria, the city obtained the status of municipium in 49 BC with its citizens inscribed into the Roman tribe of Menenia. Subsequently the Lombards, and the various Venetian lords ruled the territory until the arrival of Venetian rule in 1404. Despite the hardships that the city had to face, in particular the terrible fire set by the army of the Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg, which completely destroyed it in 1509, Feltre remains a fascinating and beautiful citadel with various monuments of notable interest.
This picturesque city is full of historic “palazzi affrescati”, museums, churches, including an XI Century Basilica, and noteworthy art works. It is still surrounded and “protected” by 15th century wall around the city.
Furthermore, it is situated in the “Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi” and therefore surrounded by stunning panoramic views and hiking trails.
Palazzo Guarnieri - which will be our headquarters and where all of the lessons swill take place - rises majesticallyl in the “Piazza Maggiore” in the old town’s centre. It was completely remodeled at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the architect Giuseppe Segusini from Feltre, and is decorated with elegant neo-Gothic motifs, also featured in the interior furnishings.
The Palazzo Guarnieri now houses the local Unisono Jazz Academy and hosts a series of top level jazz concerts year round. The owners of the Palazzo - the noble Ferrari-Bravo family - still live on the premises. Each room, one more beautiful than the next, is elegantly equipped with all necessary amenities for concerts, events and even professional recording capabilities, including live streaming! The entire palazzo will be reserved for our use during the course, including a room for a small Vox office. Wifi is available throughout the palazzo. Instruments at our disposal include 3 grand pianos and two uprights.
The ground floor of the palazzo also has a magnificent restaurant called the Unisono Jazz Restaurant & Cafe, that has agreed to offer a discounted lunch to all participants. The chef from Puglia - with his patience and charm in preparing delicious food, even for the vegetarians, vegans and lactose intolerant participants - can’t wait to have us back! We are sure that lunches and dinners at the palazzo will not disappoint and will be a highlight - as they were last year.
Besides the delicious and convenient Unisono Jazz Caffe, Feltre is full of charming and lovely caffe’s, restaurants, trattoria’s and pizzeria’s.
There are several accommodation options during the week long course. Ranging from the centrally located 3 - star Hotel Doriguzzi ( Breakfast included) to self catering, shared apartments of various standards and prices, all within walking distance of the Palazzo.
Please be in touch for details.
Alternatively you are very welcome to book your own accommodation if you prefer.
Normal Tuition with NO accommodation: £975
Early Bird (Tuition only): £895 (Ends 15th April 2020)
Tuition for Student, Young Artists Under 30, NO accommodation: £895
Early Bird (Tuition only): £820 (Ends 15th April 2020)
To secure a place, we require a non-refundable deposit of £150.
Full payment for tuition and accommodation needs to be paid by
12th June 2020.
The nearest airports are Treviso and Marco Polo. Flights are not included. Please note that there is a City Tax of 1 euro per night per person.
OPERA SCENES VIDEO LIBRARY