The GSA Bel Canto summer school in Castiglione, Tuscany, offers up to twelve young singers a fully-funded three week 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 27, 2017 / July 16, 2017

Guest artists

  • Richard Bonynge

  • Barbara Frittoli

  • Massimo Giordano



Live and recorded.
January 18, 2017 and January 19, 2017 Royal Academy of Music, London.
Deadline for applications: Friday, December 16,  2016.


Nico Darmanin, Malta (2011)
It was at the GSA that I really learnt what dedication and study are required to reach the highest levels in opera today.
Lauryna Bendziunaite, Lithuania (2009)
One of the most memorable and life-changing moments of my career was participating in the GSA. Whatever I am singing now is based on that incredible experience.
Meeta Raval, UK (2006)
What fantastic 17 days spent in a beautiful and relaxing location. Just hearing Italian spoken all around me helped me with my sung Italian, which has improved 100%. The emotion and drama in the voice had increased and most important of all, I have got the feel for the bel canto style of singing with the broad legato line, portamento, singing out the bright Italian vowels, with a deep emotional connection to the music.