The Georg Solti Accademia offers highly sought-after, immersive training experiences for young opera singers and répétiteurs at the start of their careers. Created in 2004 to honour the memory of the late famous maestro Sir Georg Solti, the Solti Accademia has become one of the most successful and recognized training programs for young operatic professionals in the world.
Lady Solti, wife of the late Sir Georg Solti says, “My husband would be thrilled with the Accademia – he loved working with young musicians and young people. He would see the Solti Accademia as his whole ethos.”
The unique educational opportunity provided by the Accademia is made possible by its strong, fruitful relationships with some of the world’s leading artistic, administrative, and philanthropic forces in the worlds of opera and classical music. These relationships enable the Accademia to provide our students, handpicked from a global pool of applicants, with some of the best instruction, coaching, and networking opportunities available today.
It is the aim of the Accademia to ensure that students leave their time here with the tools they need to become the best musicians and professionals possible. Beyond the courses it runs, the Accademia also serves as a community- providing its students with an extensive network of contacts and opportunities to further their own careers.
The Accademia’s Bel Canto course for singers takes place each summer in the Tuscan seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia where the Solti family still have their summer home. Places are offered to twelve outstanding students from around the world. These hand-picked young singers are invited to immerse themselves in the language and culture of Italy, while also devoting focused time to mastering the art of bel canto, benefiting from master classes given by leading opera singers, language experts, and vocal coaches.
Artistic Director Jonathan Papp says, “The Italian vocal tradition, if properly learnt, gives singers a fundamental and sustainable technique, which is invaluable both in terms of having full control of the voice, as well as vocal longevity – something which is increasingly rare. This platform of technical stability underpins all repertoire. Not all students have specialist and idiomatic training in this bel canto tradition at colleges and conservatoires, and the time frame in which they have to achieve a multitude of languages and styles is brief. This Accademia fills a gap which is present in the training of most young singers, thereby giving them a musical toolbox and a dramatic and creative vision, which will allow them to reach their full potential.”
A combination of visiting and permanent faculty provide singers with an intense but supportive educational experience. The course is planned and led by the Accademia’s Artistic Director Jonathan Papp. Past vocal faculty have included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Richard Bonynge, Barbara Frittoli, Angela Gheorghiu, Carmen Giannattasio, Leo Nucci, Sir Dennis O’Neill, Frederica von Stade, Jose Carreras, Mirella Freni, Sir Thomas Allen, and many more of the world’s leading opera singers (click here to see if a full list of past vocal, language, and professional faculty).
The Solti Accademia is equally proud of the work it does in training the next generation of repétitéurs and vocal coaches – a fundamental job in the world of opera. The Accademia founded the Solti-Peretti Repetiteur Course in 2009. This course is held each Easter at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. It is a bespoke course for outstanding young pianists to develop the many skills required of a repétitéur. While at this course, student repétitéurs have the rare opportunity to strengthen their skills as coaches by collaborating with six talented young singers, most of whom are alumni from the Accademia’s Bel Canto course for singers. Mentored carefully by the course’s outstanding faculty, the students on this course are provided with specialized coaching and input on artistic and professional development topics. The Accademia is proud that this is the first course of its kind and prides itself on being at the forefront of professional repétitéur training.
This course is led and designed by the Accademia’s Artistic Director Jonathan Papp. Past faculty include: Sir Richard Bonynge, Sir Jeffrey Tate, James Vaughan (La Scala), Pamela Bullock (Royal Opera House), and Audrey Hyland (Royal College of Music), among others.
In addition to our two main programmes, the Solti Accademia has developed a new partnership with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, which is generously supported by Rolex. This special opportunity allows the Accademia to bring its special approach to musical coaching and instruction to young opera singers in China. Further, the Accademia frequently collaborates with artistic organizations and festivals around the world. It has contributed to and presented programmes at venues including: Wigmore Hall; The Verbier Festival; Carnegie Hall (with Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace); Symphony Hall in Chicago (with Valery Gergiev); The Juilliard School; Festival Hall; Victoria Hall (Geneva); and for the Parc Le Grange (with the Orchestra de Chambre de Geneve).