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Season's Greetings from
the Georg Solti Accademia


With Thanks from the Accademia

Myself, Jonathan, Candice, and all the alumni of the Solti Accademia send you our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. We warmly welcome two new Trustees and supporters of the Accademia, Alexander Dembitz and Ashutosh Khandekar, who will give us invaluable support and advice. This year we have had a very good season with outstanding talent amongst the students at the courses in Castiglione and in Venice. The highlight was our Gala Concert at the Victoria Hall in Geneva which delighted performers as well as a full and enthusiastic audience. Both Jonathan and Candice have been in Britain, Italy, Germany, China, and America, where they met several Solti Accademia Alumni. I was delighted during a recent trip to Chicago to meet again John Irvine, Julie Miller, and Lauren Decker, all graduates of the Accademia, who are appearing this season with the Lyric Opera. None of our activities, nor the preparation we give for international concert and operatic careers, would be possible without your most valuable support. We are deeply grateful that you enable us to continue helping the world-wide performances of opera through the first-class preparation that young singers receive at the Solti Accademia from leading coaches and opera singers.

Thank you for the generous support which makes all this possible.

Together with Jonathan Papp, Candice Wood, and all the faculty, we wish you a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.



Reflections on a Wonderful Year

Every year, as we read the student reports, we are reminded of how important the Bel Canto tradition is in the training of a young singer, and of the special opportunity that the GSA offers to spend three weeks working on this repertoire. This detailed work informs their performance in all of their other repertorie.

Freddie De Tommaso, Long Long, and Benson Wilson get hands-on in a summer masterclass | Photo: Clive Barda

The privilege of having great Italian artists teaching Italian repertoire in Italy is something that is truly treasured by our singers. This year we welcomed back Barbara Frittoli for the third time, along with Massimo Giordano. We are absolutely thrilled that Barbara has agreed, together with Richard Bonynge, to become part of our regular GSA Faculty. Barbara also joined us for our second year of Masterclasses in Beijing at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), where each year we continue to hear remarkable voices that benefit from the expertise of our world-class faculty. Despite having just five days with these singers, we witnessed huge changes in their understanding of the texts and of the vocal colours that are required in order to properly perform the Italian repertoire.  Since beginning our classes at the NCPA, we have invited one of the singers from the Beijing Masterclasses to join us in Castiglione for the following summer.

Beijing Masterclasses: (Left to right) Yang Zhang, Jonathan Papp, WenMeng, and Long Long | Photo: Rolex

It is thrilling to see our alumni flourishing throughout the music world, nine of whom we brought together in November for a special concert in the Victoria Hall, Geneva. They entranced a 1000-strong audience with “A Night in Naples” - songs and arias from the South of Italy. This was a special moment for the GSA, as we celebrated our 14th year in the same hall where Solti himself won the first prize in the Concours International de Genève in 1942.

We look forward to releasing our live recording of the concert in the new year.

Sarah-Jane Lewis and Alexander McKissick singing in our Gala Concert in Geneva this November | Photo: Clive Barda

We are hugely grateful to The Rolex Institute and the Ville de Genève for making this special concert possible. I would also like to thank each one of our donors and supporters for their help in supporting all the GSA’s educational programmes. We wish you all the very best wishes for the festive season and we look forward to seeing you in 2018 for another very special year of masterclasses and concerts.


Students' Feedback for Summer 2016

Ida Ränzlöv | Sweden
I want to start by saying that I think that the Solti Accademia is an outstanding course. I hadn’t performed much bel canto repertoire at all before and I’m grateful that the education I got at the Accademia now works as a foundation for how I build my repertoire.

Emma McDermott | USA
My singing has turned in a new direction thanks to the course - more linguistic expression, a gentler approach to technique, and cleaner phrasing. I wish the Accademia were a year-long course! 


Ida Ränzlöv singing in our Gala Concert in Geneva this November | Photo: Clive Barda


Paul Wingfield (GSA 2011)
Having established himself as a fine young conductor (Jette Parker 2012-14), this September Paul took up the post of Head of Vocal and Operatic Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Raquel Gonzalez (GSA 2014) has recently finished three seasons as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera and will sing Violetta in La traviata for Syracuse Opera in February 2018.

Meanwhile, Alexander McKissick (GSA 2016) has just begun his first season on the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Anna Gillingham (GSA 2013) joined the Jungesensemble at Theater an der Wien this season. Her roles include singing Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and the title role in Porpora’s Arianne in Nasso. She is represented by Harrison Parrott.

Kerem Hasan (GSA 2010) signed with Konzertdirektion Schmid at the start of the year and went on to win The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Aspen Conductors Prize. In 2018 he’ll be working with WNO as Associate Conductor

Tereza Gevorgyan (GSA 2011) sang Lisette in La rondine with Opera Holland Park this summer and will sing Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with both Opera North (Feb/Mar 2018) and Grange Park Opera (June/July 2018). She is represented by Athole Still International Artists Management.

Alex Otterburn (GSA 2016) is an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera where his season includes singing the lead role in Greek, Marchese d'Obigny in La traviata, and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. In summer 2018 he will sing Pallante in Agrippina at The Grange Festival.

Solti alumni had great success at the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos in Australia with Katie Lowe (GSA 2013) winning First Prize and Emma McDermott (GSA 2017) receiving both Third Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

Top - Paul Wingfield | Photo: James Rose;  Middle - Raquel Gonzalez | Photo: Arielle Doneson;  Bottom - Kerem Hasan | Photo: Roderik Kučavik.


January17 - 18
Georg Solti Accademia auditions
for Repetiteurs and Singers
Royal Academy of Music, London

March 28 - April 7
Solti Peretti Répétiteurs Masterclasses
Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini

May 24 - 30
Bel Canto Masterclasses
NCPA Beijing

June 26 - 16 July 15
Georg Solti Accademia Bel Canto Summer school
Castiglione della Pescaia

Jonathan Papp and Candice Wood taking a moment to relax at the Gala Concert rehearsals | Photo: Clive Barda


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