Kiri Te Kanawa

Mirella Freni

Leo Nucci

Frederica von Stade

Dennis O'Neill

José Carreras

Richard Bonynge

Angela Gheorghiu

Daniela Dessì

Carmen Giannattasio

Mariella Devia


Over the past decade, inspired by Solti’s values, the GSA has built a reputation for professionalism, rigorous discipline and attention to detail. It is in honour of his memory that many distinguished singers with whom he worked – including Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Leo Nucci, Luciana Serra, Daniela Dessi, Frederica von Stade, Mariella Devia, Thomas Allen and Angela Gheorghiu – have returned to pass on to the next generation the lessons they learnt as young artists.

The following legendary artists have given masterclasses for the GSA

  • 2005 Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 2006 Mirella Freni
  • 2007 Leo Nucci
  • 2008 Frederica von Stade and Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 2009 Dennis O’Neill, Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 2010 Richard Bonynge and Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 2011 Thomas Alan, Richard Bonynge and Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 2012 Angela Gheorghiu, Richard Bonynge, Dennis O’Neill
  • 2013 Daniela Dessi, Luciana Serra, Richard Bonynge, Dennis O’Neill
  • 2014 Mariella Devia, Luciana Serra, Richard Bonynge, Dennis O’Neill
  • 2015 Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci, Silvana Bartoli, Dennis O’Neill
  • 2016 Richard Bonynge, Angela Gheorghiu, Carmen Giannattasio


I am delighted that the young singers of the Accademia can enjoy the place my husband loved. Italy and Castiglione were very important to him. His dream was to hold masterclasses there to hand on to the future generations what it was that he had learned from the masters who had influenced his life and work. We hope with the Accademia we are fulfilling his dream.

Sir Georg Solti, born in Budapest in 1912, was one of the great conductors of the 20th century. Music Director of numerous opera houses, including Munich, Frankfurt, London’s Royal Opera and the Paris Opera, as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, his 50-year relationship with Decca resulted in 300 recordings, including 40 operas and his legendary Ring cycle.
Throughout his life Solti never forgot those who helped him and was always willing to assist young musicians at the start of their careers. He promoted several generations of young singers and musicians including Anja Silja, Wolfgang Windgassen, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Leo Nucci, Bryn Terfel, Rene Pape, Angela Gheorgiu and Renee Fleming.