Staged Opera Scenes
August 17-25th, 2019
Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italia
Teatro de la Sena
Course Artistic Team
Igor Kennaway - Music Director
Jamie Hayes - Stage Director
(See bios below)
See below for pricing options
• 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 on the Friday and Saturday evening.
A Celebrity Masterclass with Jean Rigby will also take place on Wednesday 21st August in the Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre at 17:00-20:00 for selected singers.
Vox Integra is delighted to be holding it’s second Opera Scenes Workshop in the historic citadel of Feltre in Northern Italy. This intensive week 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 - all culminating in two public concerts at the end of the course.
We are thrilled to announce that this year as well as performing in the Palazzo Guarneri, we will also be performing on stage for the first time at the Teatro de la Sena! This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity - singing and performing Italy’s most famous art form, on an original 17th century Italian stage.
Additionally this year, the week’s course will include a special masterclass with the acclaimed mezzo soprano Jean Rigby!
Jean has sung with the Royal Opera and has been for many years a regular guest at the Glyndebourne Festival. In the field of concert music, she has been a frequent soloist at the BBC Promenade Concerts. We are thrilled to have her with us this summer!
Our internationally acclaimed artistic team will be Igor Kennaway, Music Director; Jamie Hayes, 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.
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.
After last year’s success, Vox Integra is delighted to be holding it’s second Opera Scenes Workshop in the historic citadel of Feltre in Northern Italy.
Feltre, located at the foot of the Dolomites is home to the stunning 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 Grand Teatro La Fenice.
We are excited to announce that this year as well as performing in the Palazzo Guarneri , we will also be performing on stage for the first time at the Teatro della Sena!
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.
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST
Mezzo soprano Jean Rigby’s career ranges from works of the Baroque period to contemporary British scores. Jean trained at the Royal Birmingham School of Music before entering London's Royal Academy of Music. Not long after graduating, she came to the attention of both English opera houses and began a series of engagements that included such roles as Carmen, Octavian, Rosina, Britten's Lucretia and Hypolyta, Verdi's Maddalena, and Monteverdi's Penelope at the English National Opera and Nicklausse and Antonia's Mother at Covent Garden.
In addition to appearing with Britain's leading orchestras and ensembles, she made her debut in Vienna in 1994 as alto soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner. Her first appearances at the Salzburg Festival took place with conductor Trevor Pinnock. In England she regularly appeared at the BBC Promenade Concerts where, among other music, she has sung Mahler with both Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Andrew Davis.
Jean Rigby will be holding a very special masterclass during the course in Feltre. Exact date and time during the week, is still to be determined.
There are several accommodation options during the week long course.
We have reserved rooms in the centrally located 3-star Hotel Doriguzzi (http://www.hoteldoriguzzi.it/) for those who choose to stay in a hotel (with breakfast included).
We also have reserved some shared apartments, for those who do not mind sharing a living space, and prefer to have a kitchen at their disposal. All living space mentioned above are walking distance from the Palazzo.
Casa Arché (left) Hotel Doriguzzi (centre) Villa Tina (right)
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.
Normal Tuition with NO accommodation: £925
Early Bird (Tuition only): £850 (ends 26th April 2019)
Tuition for Student, Young Artists Under 30, NO accommodation: £895
Early Bird (Tuition only): £820
To secure a place, we require a non-refundable deposit of £150.
Standard Room - Price 1 Person Per Night: €70
Superior Room - Price 1 Person Per Night: €75
Suite - Price 1 Person Per Night: €120
Please get in touch about accommodation, we also source local accommodation which ranges from £20 per night.
Full payment for tuition and accommodation needs to be paid by
12th June 2019.
Treviso is the nearest airport, alternatively you can fly to Marco Polo
Airport Venice, which is a bit further and also tends to be busier.
Please note that there is a City Tax of 1 euro per night per person.