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Jonathon Swinard (now Head of Music at Garsington Opera) and Patrick Milne (now on the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme) with Bronwyn Douglass in our 2018 Bel Canto masterclasses © Clive Barda

Welcome to our
Winter 2018 newsletter!

FROM LADY SOLTI

THE JOY OF BEL CANTO

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. You are all such wonderful supporters that I feel I should write Dear Family. It is so very joyful and inspiring when so many of you travel to Venice and Castiglione to be at the masterclasses and coaching sessions. This year 18 singers and pianists were selected from over 200 international applicants.

It has been a fantastic spring and summer with outstanding alumni from the US, Europe, Australia, and India. One of our alumni will be making her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Glyndebourne, and with the Komische Opera in Berlin. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and support which enables Jonathan, Candice and myself to carry the magic forward.

We all send you our warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year when we look forward to seeing you again in Venice, Beijing, Castiglione, or even all three!

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CANDICE WOOD

A FAMILY OF FRIENDS

As we enter our 16th year, it is as good a time as any to reflect on our work and what the GSA has provided over these last 16 years. Perhaps the things that give me the most satisfaction are the personal and professional relationships that have developed amongst our alumni. In an ever more competitive and cut throat world, this gift of an intense-yet-relaxed environment that the GSA offers is even more precious and seems to foster the development of long-lasting friendships.

I must admit that one of the joys of social media is being able to see these developing friendships on a daily basis. I was delighted to see that two of our tenors, Freddie de Tommaso and Long Long, who met on the course in 2017, are now sharing a flat in Munich whilst on the young artists programme at the Bayerische Staatsoper. They do seem to spend a lot  of their time exchanging their culinary skills! I would also like to congratulate Sofia Fomina (GSA 2010) on the birth of her beautiful baby boy and for being back on stage singing Gilda at the Bayerische Staatsoper after just 4 months.

Left: Alan Higgs and Bronwyn Douglass meet up at the Metropolitan Opera. Right: Freddie De Tommaso and Hyesang Park hang out in Munich.

It is also great to see our alumni making a difference at the helm of successful arts organisations. Paul Wingfield is the Head of Vocal and Operatic Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - you can read more about that later in this newsletter - and our most valued Jonathon Swinard is now Head of Music and Artistic Director of the Alvarez Young Artist Programme at Garsington Opera. With young brilliant artists like this in charge, the future is in good hands.

This last summer we had the privilege of welcoming the wonderful Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli to our faculty. Alessandro will be singing Bartolo alongside alumna Hyesang Park (GSA 2014), as Rosina, in the 2019 Barbieri di Siviglia at Glyndebourne.

Alessandro Corbelli in a GSA masterclass ©Clive Barda

In 2019, we welcome two new faculty members, baritone Giacomo Prestia who will work with our team in China and baritone Roberto Frontali who will join us in Castiglione. We are delighted to have two such illustrious artists on board inspiring the next generation. I only need to add how very grateful we are to all those that support our work, and I hope that we can carry on our programmes in Castiglione, Venice and Beijing for many years to come.

INTERWIEW WITH PAUL WINGFIELD

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL WINGFIELD

Last year, Paul Wingfield (GSA Repetiteur Course 2011) was made Head of Vocal and Operatic Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. We caught up with him to see how his first year went and to talk about what the future has in store.

GSA: What was the first thing you did when you started at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire? Paul: …

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SUMMER STUDENT FEEDBACK

BEL CANTO SUMMER COURSE FEEDBACK

BEL CANTO SUMMER COURSE FEEDBACK

GSA BEL CANTO SUMMER SCHOOL, JULY 2018 Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany

Darwin Prakash | INDIA Getting straight to the point, this course is incredible. I had certain expectations regarding the course and I do honestly believe that they were fulfilled over and beyond.

Marvic Monreal | MALTA One of the biggest lessons I have learnt is that singing should bring …

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Participants of the 2018 Bel Canto course perform in the final concert at L’Andana ©Jennifer Lorenzini

NEWS OF OUR GSA ALUMNI

Many young musicians set their sights on Europe to kickstart their careers. It’s a wonderful way for them to get intensive stage experience and numerous roles under their belts. We are incredibly pleased to see many of our alumni in Fest contracts this season.

Ida Ränzlov (GSA 2017) is a member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart Opera Studio, Germany. This season she sings Rosina (Barbiere di Sivilgia), Nancy Tang (Nixon in China), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Frau Pfiel (Salzburg Festspiele’s version of Der Schauspieldirektor), and Ein Page (Salome). She is also a 2017/18 Independent Opera artist and will be singing Piramo (Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe) with Classical Opera in March.   

David Todd (GSA 2016) is the assistant chorus master and repetiteur at Staatstheater Darmstadt. His season includes Die Zauberflöte, Un ballo in maschera, and Kiss Me Kate.

Ilona Revolskaya (GSA 2017) is a member of the Opera Studio at Theater an der Wien, Austria, where her 2018/19 season includes singing Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Prinzessin/Feuer/Nachtigall (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and Cunegonde (Candide).

Erik García (GSA 2015) is a trainee repetiteur at Dutch National Opera, where his season will include playing for Madama Butterfly and assistant conducting Il matrimonio segreto.

Xingwa Hao (GSA 2007) is now the Director of Development and on the World Class Jury for the Premiere Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Competition and Masterclasses.

Sónia Grané (GSA 2013) is at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, where her season includes singing Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) and Fortuna/Damigella (L’incoronazione di Poppea).

Patrick Milne (GSA 2015) is now a Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist. His season includes playing for Così fan tutte, Billy Budd, and Queen of Spades. He’s also cover conductor for Phaedra and La fille du régiment and will conduct the Royal Opera House orchestra in the JPYA summer showcase scenes (Rigoletto and Pelleas et Melisandre).

Luis Gomes (GSA 2012) In September, Luis won the Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela and the Audience Prize at the Operalia Competition. He then went on to make his Glyndebourne debut singing Alfredo (La traviata) with the Glyndebourne Touring Company.

Above: Ida Ränzlov as Rosina ©Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Middle:
Xingwa Hao ©
Below:
Patrick Milne - Jette Parker Young Artist

SAVE THE DATE 2019

Jan 23 - 24, 2019
Auditions
Royal Academy of Music London

April 16 - 25, 2019
Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Masterclasses Venice

May 7-13, 2019
NCPA Beijing Masterclasses

June 25 - July 14, 2019
GSA Bel Canto summer school
Castiglione della Pescaia


Alex Oomens ©Clive Barda
Below: Participants of the 2018 Bel Canto course ©Clive Barda

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