Every year the GSA Bel Canto summer school in Castiglione, Tuscany, offers up to twelve young singers a fully-funded three weeks immersion in Italian opera singing, with a focus on language, style and technique in the 19th and early 20th century Italian repertoire.
Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany
June 26 / July 15, 2018
The Solti Peretti Repetiteur’s Masterclasses offers every year to six outstanding young pianists a fully-funded 8-day course developing all the many skills required of a repetiteur, in collaboration with a world-class faculty and talented young singers.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
March 28 / April 7, 2018
The path to becoming a fully-professional opera singer is a long process which demands commitment, dedication and continual development throughout one’s career. The full immersion in the bel canto tradition and the Italian way of life that the Georg Solti Accademia provides, gives the students a unique experience, with a lasting impact on their future careers.
Many of the participants who take part in the Accademia are already on other young artists programmes around the world with whom the Accademia is in close collaboration. The Accademia is proud that it has contributed to the development of so many young singers. Many of our students have already gone on to impressive professional careers with appearances at venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Opera House, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Swedish Opera, Hamburg State Opera, La Monnaie, Paris Opera, Vlaamse Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Salzburg Festival and English National Opera.
The skill of a fine repetiteur can never be underestimated, nor can their importance in a singer’s life and development. The name ‘repetiteur’ belies the full nature of their work; they are the ultimate multi-taskers of the music world. Their eyes and ears must be constantly alert to what they’re hearing, whilst comparing and assessing it with the score in front of them. This is why so many go on to be some of the finest conductors in the world – Solti, Pappano, Gergiev and Muti, to name but a few.
Their skills must range from having a full knowledge of the score and being able to make it come alive at the piano, through to giving the singer the best possible advice and guidance on learning a role accurately, ultimately giving them the means to perform the role with confidence.
They need to be able to fire up the singer to encourage both their musical and dramatic thinking, whilst having an empathy with them and the inherent difficulties of being a singer . Without crossing the line into teaching singing , a repetiteur must understand some basic principles of singing, so that they can recognise physically or aurally any problem that may be getting in the way of the singer’s ability, point it out, and even advise them on how to fix it. Knowledge of languages is essential, and particularly “how” to sing them.
The repetiteur is fundamental to any performance of an opera, even beyond the rehearsal period. Their skills often have to extend to conducting the occasional rehearsal, conducting offstage moments — chorus, trumpets up in the balcony, playing keyboard in the pit – as well as continuo for the secco recitative that is so often required. A repetiteur is the singer’s key ally in achieving their performance.
The Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ masterclasses are the first of their kind, offering an intense period of study with some of the finest Repetiteurs of our day.
As part of the GSA ‘family’ our alumni have been offered opportunities to perform in venues as large as the Royal Albert Hall (with Jose Carreras), in both New York’s Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall in Chicago (with Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace) to venues as intimate as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Roman theatre in Fiesole, the Teatre Akademia in Barcelona, the Fondazione Cini in Venice and the Teatre della Reggia in Caserta.