Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto

Anush Hovhannisyan | Armenia
I had the best time at the Accademia and realise that the people have absolutely made it for me. It was such a great group and I felt privileged to be one of them.  If this was a 3 month programme that would literally be a singer’s paradise!

Graziella Briffa | Malta
Being one of the chosen singers of this year’s George Solti academia was already a dream come true but once you get to Castiglione and walk in those streets where Il Signor Solti used to stroll, well, that is obviously something else.
Having the opportunity to work with Ms Gheorghiu ,Ms Giannatassio and also Mr Bonynge is a multiple affect experience.  At the moment I am still in student mode but these great artists are already giants in the opera world and music has sunk so much into their blood that when they shared their experiences with us we were immediately thrown into a different world…the professional world. In these three weeks I was constantly pumped with self-motivation, and self-esteem and also the hope that yes I can be like the mentioned artist, the road is not an easy one but I will have to do what is necessary and try my best.

Alejandra Gomez | Mexico
I was really happy to be part of Georg Solti Accademia this summer, it was a wonderful experience and I found all the information and lessons very helpful for my development as an artist, you have a beautiful family there, all the teachers, sponsors and staff where wonderful, I appreciate every lesson learned and I would keep it for ever. The Master classes and the recognized work of the staff were amazing and I’m sure is a dream for many singers to have an opportunity like this and I feel blessed to have had the chance to be part of it.

Stefan Lamatic | Romania
In regards to my experience, I would have to say it was amazing, I enjoyed the location first of all, the faculty members were paying close attention to all our needs and questions. The schedule was full, however very well structured, for me it was the first Master Class I attended, however if the experience will be the same I will definitely attend more in the future. I was honoured to attend this Master Class where I learnt not only techniques but also important tips for my future career as an artist. I hope that in my career I will meet wonderful people like the ones I’ve met here and I would like to thank the Solti Academy for the amazing experience.

Julieth Lozano | Colombia
Georg Solti Accademia was three weeks of knowledge, friends and happiness. What a great experience to share time with amazing artists in a place full of inspiration. For me it was also a time to find myself and learn about bel canto and how to translate that into all my other repertoire.  We had a wonderful session where we talked about the situation of the profession nowadays, and it gave me a solid ground to think about what I want in life and what I am pursuing. I hope that many many singers keep having this opportunity to develop, learn and gain confidence towards their careers.

Alexander McKissick | USA
I felt that overall the Georg Solti Accademia was super useful. I really feel that I’ve found the correct sound, color, and technical approach for my voice after this program.  I think the most useful part of the course was coaching with Jonathan Papp.  Richard Bonynge was very helpful in imparting the idea that musicality is paramount in a performance. Carmen Giannattasio was wonderful and really drove home the idea of finding a high resonance and powering it with support. She really taught a full body method of singing.

Isabella Moore | New Zealand
I definitely consider the Georg Solti Accademia to be one of the best experiences in my operatic journey thus far.  The teachers and coaches were of a very high quality. All the information we received from them was extremely valuable and I feel I have learnt a lot.  I loved the opportunity to work with Carmen Giannatasio, her visits were a highlight for me.

Thobela Ntshanyana | South Africa
I have never experienced such an extremely organised, motivating and wonderfully fulfilling three weeks than I have had at the Georg Solti Accademia in Castiglione this year. The entire team have proven to excel the expectations of a young singer of what we feel an international singing Academy is about.  I can’t express the love I have for Jonathan Papp and Jonathon Swinard I will always remember what you taught me now I’m a better artist than yesterday because of the sessions we had I thank you so much. I’m grateful to the sponsors who made this possible from the bottom of my I thank you so much without your help we wouldn’t be better artists today.

Alex Otterburn | UK
The Georg Solti Accademia has been one of the most beneficial things I have ever done. If I could do this once a year, I think I’d be the best singer I could be. The stand out class of the course was Carmen’s, she said some very interesting and useful things. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn in Castiglione and I will remember it my entire life.

Carly Owen | UK
I think the structure of the Solti Accademia works very well, with the amount of hours in the days of coaching/lessons I felit this was just the perfect amount as I would never get vocally tired. All in all I had the most fantastic time, an experience I will never forget and made friends for life – so grateful for the opportunity.

Mikhail Shepelenko | Russia
The artistic part of the Georg Solti Accademia course was absolutely brilliant. My personal higlights were Angela Gheorghiu, Jonathan Papp, Corradina Caparello and Richard Bonynge! I have gained an important knowledge about the Italian pronunciation details and belcanto style.

Emma Stannard |UK
I feel honored to have been part of the Solti Accademia course; the standard of teaching was higher than I could have ever imagined and it was a privilege to work with such esteemed guest artists. Particularly memorable were the sessions with Carmen Giannattasio working not only on interpretation but vocal technique.  Prior to this course, I had sung very little bel canto repertoire and I feel that it has provided me with a strong foundation in understanding the style for my future career.

Liz Sutphen | USA
I can truly say there is no vocal seminar that has been more beneficial than the Georg Solti Accademia. I told my manager upon my return to NYC that I had never learned so much about style and technique in such a short amount of time. One factor that  elevates Solti to the highest echelon is its fearless leader, Jonathan Papp. To say that we are lucky to have worked with Maestro Papp is a huge understatement. There is no coach in this business with sharper ears, keener knowledge or more poignant musicianship than Jonathan Papp. There was not a single coaching I had that did not yield dramatic improvement in vocal color or stylistic choice. I am thankful every day to have experienced such detailed and brilliant musicianship.

Zhang Yang | China
Accademia di Solti è fatastica!  Ci sono piu famosi maestri del mondo per insegnare a noi!  Tra 20 giorni, tutti allievi mangiamo insieme !studiare insieme! Quando non abbiamo la lezione, possiamo nuotare e camminare al mare! Che gioia!  Sopratutto ho studiato benissimo. Perche i maestri spiegano bene, portano la pazienza! Questo importantissimo per noi! Grazie per tutto di Accademia di Solti! Se possibile che voglio fare ancora una volta!



Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

Somi Kim | South Korea/New Zealand

The Solti Accademia 2016 changed my life. I think I’m finally beginning to understand what it means to play with orchestral sound, but more importantly, to listen with an orchestral ear. The course opened my eyes and ears up to exploring the possibilities of colour, texture and timbre when playing orchestral reductions.  At Solti, experiences such as conducting and singing in front of my peers for the first time was so liberating (and terrifying) and I feel fearless because of it. The confidence I have gained in my abilities as a coach has also been invaluable.

Juliette Sabbah | France
I really appreciated the idea to make a course to teach primarily the pianists: in the busy work that we do, we rarely have time to stop and think about what we are doing, how we could do better etc… Bringing singers in to teach us how to teach them has been, in my opinion, very enriching! The program was quite complete in terms of what we have to learn and it was great to discover new things I hadn’t really worked on before (conducting for example). It was quite thrilling to work with Richard Bonynge and very beautiful to see him help us find the phrasings and rubato with his conducting in the bel canto arias. Working with James, Pam and Jonathan was of course very interesting musically, but I also enjoyed sharing the experiences, learning about the job of a repetiteur and discussing the knowledge and the capacities it requires. The surroundings of the course are beautiful and it is quite inspiring to work in such a place, the team was lovely, the coaches, the pianists and the singers. I have made new friendships and formed new musical relationships that I hope will last in the future.

David Todd | UK
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Solti Academy and was delighted to be able to take part. While I felt I learnt a lot about my own playing and areas for development in that area, the main thing I took from the course was how to listen better to singers, which enabled me to work with them and coach them more effectively. How to sing along with them as they perform was also an important thing to understand. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to work with singers at this level, and also to receive support and advice from such expert tutors, and I learnt equally as much from hearing them work as when they taught me.

Helio Vida | Brazil
It was a marvellous opportunity to take part in the Georg Solti Accademia in Venice. Working with international renowned coaches was very helpful. I particularly appreciated the project of arrangements we did with the other pianists, which allowed us to practise the different skills needed for our profession. I also appreciated the moments we had to discuss and share our experience about our job with the teachers and colleagues. I felt very comfortable working with the singers and the other pianists and enjoyed conducting and playing with them. There was a very good atmosphere within the group.

Tim Anderson | UK
I gained all sorts of new perspectives on and a new curiosity about singing. I’ve found that it is easy to forget how much our job is about singing and singers when we are too focussed on being an orchestra for a conductor. The course really crystallised for me that even as a conductor, trust from singing colleagues comes from understanding voices. Going back to work, I can already feel myself being more generous to the singers and more at ease with the idea of not knowing what I don’t know, and having a dialogue with them about what’s really going on when something isn’t working. Discussion and feedback during coaching was really invaluable. I felt like I learnt a huge amount and am very grateful for being offered the chance to participate.

Corrado Valvo | Italy
It was a wonderful surprise to be admitted to this course for repetiteur pianists organized by the Georg Solti Accademia, and the quality of the course and teachers was even more amazing . All valid and with different visions but very interesting. It has also created a strong synergy with the boys of course, colleagues and singers, all available and open to dialogue to try to go to the concert as well as possible. The organizational department was impeccable. The Cini Foundation is a wonderful place, even pianos all top tier. Thank you.