If a singer is interested in having a long career they should impose on themselves the task of mastering the bel canto style like a religious duty!

The Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto offers a unique training opportunity for young opera singers at the start of their careers. Created in 2004 in memory of the great Hungarian conductor Sir Georg Solti, the annual three-week summer course takes place in the Tuscan seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia where the Solti family still have their summer home. Places are offered to twelve outstanding international students, who are invited to immerse themselves in the language and culture of Italy while devoting focused time to mastering the art of bel canto, and benefiting from master classes given by leading opera singers and vocal coaches. The Italian vocal tradition, if properly learnt, gives singers an invaluable and sustainable technique and full access to the great repertoire works. Not all students have specialist and idiomatic training in this tradition at colleges and conservatoires.

A key part of our work is the Solti Peretti Repetiteur’s Masterclasses held each Easter, offering a bespoke course for outstanding young pianists to develop the many skills required of a repetiteur, in collaboration with a world-class faculty and talented young singers.

In addition to our two main programmes we are developing our activities and now offer a series of masterclasses in Beijing and for the first time this year – Shanghai. These are supported exclusively by Rolex through their ongoing partnership with the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing. These will take place from 28 August – 2 September 2017.

We are also developing relationships with the Ville de Genève and wish to build on the success of recent summer concerts held in 2015 and 2016 in the Parc le Grange as part of the series “concerts en été” in partnership with the Orchestra de Chambre de Genève. On 12 November 2017 we will promote and record a concert in partnership with the Ville de Genève in the Victoria Hall Geneva, where Solti won the Concours International in 1942. Some of our best young singers and repetiteurs will be joined on stage by one of the opera world’s foremost artists and resident guest coach at the Accademia, Barbara Frittoli, to perform songs and arias from the Bel Canto repertoire under the direction of our renowned Artistic Director and vocal coach, Jonathan Papp.