Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany

Here is what our singers had to say about their experience at our Bel Canto course this past summer:


No words are enough to describe this extraordinary three-week experience in Castiglione della Pescaia which passed so quickly. It was such a professional space to be in, and I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the GSA family. Being surrounded by the beautiful Italian culture, an inspiring teaching staff, prominent opera singers, outstanding language coaches, and my fellow course participants, made me realize that this is the career for me. It also reminded how much hard, detailed, and dedicated study is required to reach the highest levels in singing today.


The Solti Accademia is fantastic. I am thrilled to now be a part of the Solti Accademia family. The program was intense, and extremely high quality. I learned so much about the Italian bel canto style, and how to sing this repertoire. I loved working with Maestro Bonynge – he taught me so much about bel canto interpretation. I am so grateful for every coaching. They provided me with immense knowledge about the style, vocal technique, and how to use the text. Right after the Accademia ended, I jumped into a production of Il Trovatore on very short notice at the National theatre in Mannheim. I had two wonderful performances. I want to say thank you to the Solti Accademia. I was so prepared and ready to jump in without any rehearsal because of everything that I learned at the Solti Accademia this past summer.

LIVIA BRASH | Australia
The Solti Accademia was a very special experience for me. Since I first heard about the program a few years ago, I’ve always wanted to attend. At the Accademia, I was consistently impressed with the standard of education and how much I was learning. These are skills now I can take away and use independently for all my Italian repertoire in future. As for music coaching, I felt I took something away from each session. It was detailed feedback, but still allowed scope for personally interpretation of the music. All in all, Solti Accademia lived up to my incredibly high expectations. It was a wonderful summer that won’t be forgotten. 


Thank you for an unforgettable summer spent studying the Italian bel canto repertoire with great faculty and good friends. It was a great honor to study at the Solti Accademia.


This really was the best course I have ever been on! The opportunity to work intensively on Italian repertoire, on a fully funded course with world class artists and coaches was a very rewarding and unique experience.


I very much appreciated how the Accademia has the participants stay at a hotel where all meals are provided so as to solely focus on the course. That is such an invaluable gift to be able to truly focus on the singing and also it helps prepare us for a career where we do stay in hotels quite a lot. I very much enjoyed the faculty, especially the faculty that stayed the duration of the course because we could work more in depth each session. I loved how international the students were and how everyone brought something unique to the program and I appreciate how the Accademia sought to highlight this. I enjoyed that we were able to do the same concert twice. I feel that is rare at a lot of programs, and doing the same show twice is more in line with how a career would be. It was such a beautiful experience to be fully immersed in bel canto repertoire with experts in the field all in 3 weeks (which I feel is a great length for a program this in depth). I feel very lucky to have been able to take part in the course and look forward to applying my knowledge I gained from the faculty here.


My time at the academia was invaluable as a young artist. I am from Turkey, and this is an opportunity I could never receive in my home country. I was taught and coached with a positive energy in all the masterclasses and coachings. It will be an experience that I will remember throughout my life. I am sure I will use what I learned this summer in the future with all my roles and hopefully my auditions will be more polished and professional. 


First off, I would like to say how much I enjoyed the course and really value what we were able to do this summer. You forget how small the singing world is but this was the first time I was able to meet and work with international singers (who didn’t study in England). Solti is an incredible experience, and every day I was there I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be among such talented faculty and students.


I really enjoyed the time I spent at the Accademia. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and I will never forget this experience. I have advised all my singer friends to audition for the Accademia in the future!