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© 2019 by VOX Integra Ltd.
 

Staged Opera Scenes

 

August 17-25th, 2019

Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italia

Course Venues

Palazzo Guarnieri

Teatro de la Sena

Course Artistic Team

Igor Kennaway - Music Director

Jamie Hayes - Stage Director

Tutors

Theresa Goble

Brian Parsons

Beverley Worboys

(See bios below)

 

Participant Investment

See below for pricing options

Course Includes:

• 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 :

• movement

• stagecraft / performance

• bodywork

• 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.

LOCATION

 

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

 

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!

ARTISTIC TEAM

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.

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We are absolutely thrilled to have Music Director, Igor Kennaway. Igor is an Orchestral & Opera Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach & Teacher.  He was Staff Conductor, Member of Music Staff and Guest Conductor at various German and other European opera houses and festivals, including, Osnabrück, (1976 – 80), Mannheim Nationaltheater (1980-81), Staatstheater Mainz (1981-84), and Staatstheater Darmstadt (1983). From 1984-86 he assisted Sir George Solti for recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, performances with the LPO and at the Frankfurt Mozart Festival. He was Assistant Conductor to Daniel Barenboim for the 1990 ‘Ring’ cycle, and Chorus-Master at the Bayreuth Festival (1987-91). He was member of the Music Staff for the English National Opera, Kent Opera and took part in various recordings. He has held teaching positions in Germany, UK and Hong Kong.

Musical Director

IGOR KENNAWAY

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Trained at Rada, Jamie Hayes is this year’s Stage Director for all scenes.  Recent new productions include: Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, Il Seraglio, Tosca & Macbeth; Icelandic National Opera, Reykjavik. Faust and  Les Pêcheurs de perles; Victoria State Opera, Melbourne, Il barbiere di Siviglia. National Opera of Malta, Aida; Opera Northern Ireland, Il barbiere di Siviglia & La Cenerentola among very many others. He was Director of Productions for the British Youth Opera and for Clonter Opera in Cheshire. 

Jamie has directed many productions at leading conservatoires: The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The Royal Northern College of Music & The Guild Hall School of Music and Drama.

Musicals include Associate Director to Nicholas Hytner on the original production of Miss Saigon in the West End and Broadway. For the Musical Theatre Academy, based in the midlands, he has directed new productions of Oliver! Anything Goes, Singin’ in the Rain, Me and My Girl, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Scrooge, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast & Working.

Stage Director

JAMIE HAYES

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Theresa Goble, Founder and Director of Vox Integra is a mezzo soprano who has appeared with major companies in the United Kingdom, including English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Holland Park. Theresa has performed extensively in Europe and the USA. Her eclectic mix of recent performances include two productions of Verdi's Aida (Amneris), galas for the Dyson Foundation and concerts in New York for the American Friends of the Château de Compiègne and a theatre gala with Mark Rylance and Dame Hilary Mantel.

Theresa Goble is also an internationally acclaimed voice teacher in high demand and a Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and a Higher Education Academy fellow. She is especially regarded for her holistic approach. Theresa's students past and present can be found performing in opera houses and on concert platforms throughout the world.

Theresa’s own insights as performer and teacher draw on traditional bel canto technique as well as educational kinesiology, brain gym, and inner game principles.

Founder and Director of Vox Integra, Core Tutor

THERESA GOBLE

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Brian Parsons, tenor, is a Graduate of the Royal College of Music and the RCM Opera School, London, where he studied with Bernard Roberts and Maria Donska (piano) and Frederick Sharp and Lyndon van der Pump (singing).

Brian has sung in recital and concerts in festivals both at home and abroad including the Spitalfields, Norwich, Camden, Cuenca, Maggio Musicale and Athens Festivals with conductors including Jean-Claude Malgoire, Christoph Rousset, David Roblou, William Christie and Frantisek Vajnar.

He was a full-time member of the BBC Singers and has broadcast for the BBC and French Radio and Television, and featured as soloist in many recordings including the cantatas of Bernier and Martinu as well as contemporary works by Berio, Henze and Holliger. He is currently a member of the chamber music ensemble Insieme.

Equally at home on the operatic stage, Brian has sung for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Aix en Provence Festival Opera and Opera 80 (now English Touring Opera) and more recently Venetian Opera and Bampton Classical Opera.

Brian teaches at an international level and has taught on the Berkshire Choral Union, USA; AIMS, Summer Music, UK; Seminaire Estival de Musique en Wallonie, Belgium; and Cratoule, France, Summer Schools. He has also taught at the Blackheath Conservatoire, The London City Literary Institute and the City London University. He is currently Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Core Tutor

BRIAN PARSONS

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Beverley Worboys, soprano, Beverley studied under the tutelage of Theresa Goble at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama and waw\s awarded the British Song Prize, The Fredrick George Painter Prize for Gilbert and Sullivan and the Countess of Munster scholarship.
 

Her extensive musical theatre roles include Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for Cameron Macintosh in London and for The Really Useful Group in Basel, Rose Vibert in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at The Gordon Craig Theatre, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance alongside Paul Nicholas in a 12-month national tour of the Broadway version of the show, for which she received much critical acclaim, Joanna in Sweeney Todd for Derby Playhouse and Jesse in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel at the Tonhalle Zurich.

Her Opera credits include: Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), I Maestri at St Johns Smith Square; Princess Kabaya (Utopia Limited), G&S Opera Company; Gianetta (Gondoliers) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Zurich Pocket Opera; Happy End and highlights from Drei Groschenoper, Kensington Arts; Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Luzern Festival, and again for English Chamber Opera at Buxton Opera House; Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Chipping Norton Theatre, and again for English Chamber Opera’s 2007 tour of Ireland; among many others. 

Beverley Performs frequently on the concert platform.  Freelancing as a guest artist has taken Beverley extensively throughout Europe. She has sung with West End International under the baton of Martin Yeats and David Charles Abell and John Owen Edwards, toured throughout Switzerland with the vocal ensemble West End Live, and was a regular guest at the Puccini Festival in Lucca and as a soloist on BBC Radio 2’s Friday night Is Music Night. 

Beverley runs a private vocal studio in Basel where she focuses on body work and movement for singers.

Core Tutor

BEVERLEY WORBOYS

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After studying at the Royal Academy of music, the Royal Scottish Academy and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Michael came to International prominence by being the only British pianist in it’s history to be awarded the Prix D’Or at the Araau International Piano Competition in Switzerland.

 

As a soloist his performances have captivated audiences in UK and abroad from London to Osaka Japan, collaborating with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mikael Strinmann, Marin Allsop and Alexander Briger.

As a collaborative artist he has appeared in the QEH In London’s Southbank Centre, Salzburg Fest spiel, Zurich Tonnhalle, The Songmakers Almanac with Graham Johnson, Firenze with Amici di Toscana, Lund art gallery Sweden, both Aldeburgh and Cheltenham festivals alongside festivals in Pienza, Montalcino and Rome in Italy. Metz and Paris in France and Berlin in Germany.

 

Media activities have included live broadcasts for BBC radio UK, NKH Japan, Funen TV Denmark , Rai 3 Italy, ARVO Dutch TV and LWT London.

 

His discography includes work for Miramax Films , Sony and EMI. In September 2012 , Michael was asked to join the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Core Tutor

MICHAEL PUGH

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST

JEAN RIGBY

 

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

 

 

Participant Investment

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.

 

Accommodation at Hotel Doriguzzi

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.

 

Get in touch!