The Solti Peretti Repetiteur Course offers a fully-funded 8-day course every year to six outstanding young pianists. In collaboration with a world-class faculty and talented young singers, our course offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to help young pianists develop the many skills required of a repetiteur.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
2021 Faculty Includes: Jonathan Papp (Artistic Director, GSA), James Vaughan (Head Vocal Coach, Teatro alla Scala), Jonathan Lakeland (GSA Associate Director, Conductor and Vocal Coach), and more to be announced.
This a fully-funded course. Each young musician that attends this course receives a full tuition scholarship, which covers all of their tuition and accomodation expenses for the duration of the course.
The skill of a fine répétiteur 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. And without repetiteurs, and the diverse skillset demanded of them, there would be no opera.
One of the unique opportunities afforded to students on this course is the ability to develop their own abilities as a vocal coach under the guidance of some of the world’s best and most in-demand coaches of the day. For most young repetiteurs, coaching is a mystery which unravels itself slowly over time. Our aim on this course is to provide our students with feedback that will allow them to become uniquely capable as coaches- giving them yet another marketable skill to add to their professional careers.
The Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ masterclasses are the first of their kind, offering outstanding young repetiteurs from all around the world 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. Further, select alumni from the repetiteur course are occasionally invited to join our summer course for singers as members of the music staff.