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Nozze di Figaro: summer program 2020

Laboratorio lirico sperimentale

22 Ottobre 2019

This is your stage. It’s time to shine!

This summer in the beautiful Teatro Fenaroli, selected singers will have a chance to debut in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by W. A. Mozart and to perform in a GALA CONCERT in LANCIANO. During their training, singers will reside in the beautiful region of Abruzzo near the sea.

The Modern Opera Studio is a result of a collaboration between Opera More and Estate Musicale Frentana two organizations that for years have been involved in concerts, opera theatre, and workshops in Italy as a way of sharing musical culture outside of metropolitan areas.
This summer program has a unique goal :

Transmitting to the next generation of young artists, including those at the very beginning of their artistic journey, the experience acquired by professionals that have worked in International Opera Theatres and sharing secrets of the trade, information that you just can’t learn from textbooks.
The Modern Opera Studio is a vibrant artistic workshop where each young artist has a chance to display their individual personality and artistic abilities that are essential for the success of an operatic performance.

In our program, artists solidify collaboration skills through sharing their unique gifts and vulnerabilities.

Every aspect of the opera singing career will be analyzed in detail, with particular attention given to musical and vocal technique. The expressive capabilities of every instrument is closely related to the technical capacities of the musician, the vocal instrument is no exception. Will enable each artist to enrich his or her technical toolbox as they continue to shape and mold their instrument.

The final show will be performed in full Orchestra, in costumes and with scenography, a full Opera show.

The workshop main themes

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice
  • Anatomy and Function of the Diaphragm
  • Breathing Technique
  • The Concept of Support
  • Resonance and Consonants
  • Vocal Positions
  • Singing on the Breath
  • Expressive Legato and Phrasing

Musical Styles and Interpretation Stage training with conductor Full Interaction with orchestra

Interpretation and performance

The foundation of every great opera singer is his or her ability to become the character that they are interpreting. The is the fundamental aspect that allows an artist to attain the total fusion of truth and fiction that is the essence of theatre. An opera composer is not simply a creator of melodies but rather someone who has the ability to enliven poetry. Through audio forms he gives life to the meaning of the verses that the librettist has written. This process must be recreated every time a singer interprets any part of an opera. The lyric art form does not exist without a profound interpretive awareness. Young singers will have access to artists with extensive experience interpreting opera. These artists will help the young singers express their individual interpretations freely because each singer’s personal experiences becomes a source of emotional inspiration. The end result of this work is the emerging of a highly unique interpreter.


Becoming A Singing Actor/Actress

Today in the opera world, the stage director has become a fundamental element in a professional production. Any singer hoping to have a career today must have solid acting capabilities. There are examples of incredible voices with limited acting capabilities and vice versa but the truly accomplished singer has both incredible acting and phenomenal singing capabilities.

The singers that participate in our summer program, through individual and group exercises, will begin to develop physical awareness while on stage. This awareness will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the theatrical space.

Workshop Team

EMILIO MARCUCCI, Baritone Acting and Staging Workshops

MATTEO SARTINI, Tenor Voice and Italian Coach

FE AVOUGLAN, Soprano Production Assistant

ELISA MARTINOTTI Workshop Secretary

Rules and requirements

The Modern Opera Studio’s 2020 production will be LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by W.A. Mozart. There will be flexible scheduling during the summer program (Singers will have the opportunity to participate in all workshops available, both individual and collective)

The Modern Opera Studio takes place from August:

  • From the 8th to the 29th of August: Vocal Master Workshop at “Le Torri Montanare” music park
  • From the 30th of August to the 3rd of September (5 days of training with Orchestra, ensemble and general rehearsals in F. Fenaroli Theatre in Lanciano).
  • September the 4th – first show in Lanciano
  • September the 5th – show in Ortona, Teatro F.P. Tosti
  • September the 6th – show in a third location (TBD)Available roles:Il Conte di Almaviva – grande di Spagna (basso)
    La Contessa di Almaviva – Sua consorte (soprano)
    Susanna – cameriera della Contessa, promessa sposa di Figaro (soprano) Figaro – cameriere del Conte (basso)
    Cherubino – paggio del Conte (soprano)
    Marcellina – governante (mezzosoprano)
    Bartolo – medico di Siviglia (basso)
    Basilio – maestro di musica (tenore)
    Don Curzio – giudice (tenore)
    Barbarina – figlia di Antonio (soprano)

Antonio – giardiniere del Conte e zio di Susanna (basso)

The Modern Opera Studio will take place in the following locations:

Sale del Parco delle Arti Musicali
TORRI MONTANARE , Via Finamore 1 Lanciano (Chieti) ITALY

During the program, there will be a gala concert where all participants are required to perform.
At the end of the program, there will be one performance of Nozze di Figaro at the Fenaroli Theatre. The participants chosen to perform the roles in Nozze di Figaro will be selected by the instructors of the Modern Opera Studio at their sole discretion.
The production of Nozze di Figaro with be costumed, staged, and accompanied by full orchestra. Workshops will be both individual (Vocal Technique and Interpretation) and collective (Acting, Staging and Orchestra).

Selection and dead line

Application deadline: February, the 15th 2020.

Those interested should send to (

  • resume
  • headshot and full picture
  • copy of ID
  • some Youtube links with recent recordings (3 arias).

Access to the Masterclass is subject to selection and closed number. Opera More will announce the selected candidates not later then March the 1th 2020.

Payment details

The Modern Opera Studio fee is Euro 3.000 and includes meals and housing (Euro 500 to reserve your attendance and the balance of Euro 2.500 must be received no later than 15 days before the beginning of the program).

Payments should be made by wire transfer to: OPERA MORE
IBAN: IT34E0200830050000104958145 Account Number: 00000104958145 ABI:02008


Info and communications:

mobile +39 337 1333852 Elisa Martinotti