Following on the success of last year’s edition dedicated to Verdi’s La Traviata that ended with a production in the Garden of the Artemision of Siracusa, this year’s international summer school is a full immersion into opera repertoire in Italian in the late 18th- early 19th centuries. Focus will be on the styles of Mozart and Rossini, and in particular on their two masterpieces based on the comedies by Beaumarchais “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“. Participants will perform Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in theatres in Siracusa and Noto.
The course is open to singers, pianist-accompanists, conductors and orchestral musicians of all ages (18+) and aims to encourage the collaboration and integration between them as they study the styles of Mozart and Rossini.
If you are a singer, accompanist, or conductor, or would like to play in an opera orchestra, this is the perfect course for you. Study the two Figaro operas in the evocative setting of Palazzo Francica Nava, a 15th century palazzo overlooking Piazza Duomo, Ortigia. Perform “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in theatres in Siracusa and Noto.
Students of conducting will concentrate on aspects of practical operatic conducting, which are very different from symphonic conducting; the course will provide the necessary tools and know how for putting together an opera.
Singers will receive vocal coaching, lessons in Italian diction, acting, vocal and practical techniques.
Accompanists will gain valuable experience working with the singers and the tutors during the rehearsals, lessons and the recital, thus getting professional experience.
Instrumental players can learn about playing in an opera orchestra alongside professional local musicians.
The objectives of the summer school are to present:
Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart in a concert performance with piano accompaniment.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini in semi-staged form with singers, chorus and chamber orchestra.
M° Francesco Attardi Conductor, teaches at the ‘Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado’ in Milan.
Prof.ssa Elisa De Luigi Pianist, teaches operatic repertoire and vocal coaching at the Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan.
Francesca Patanè, soprano
Marco Chingari, baritone
Prof.ssa Sonia Grandis Actor and director, teaches performing arts at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan.
Lessons will be held from Friday 17th – Saturday 25th July 2020 (10-13/ 16-19 every day except Sunday) – they will be single and group lessons for duets, trios, quartets etc.
The lessons will be held in Italian and English at Palazzo Francica Nava, home to the Exedra Associazione Culturale, via S. Landolina 5, Siracusa, at the heart of beautiful Ortigia. This gothic palazzo, rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake in baroque style, has large rooms for classes and workshops, a small library and wifi in all teaching areas..
During their free time, participants will have an opportunity to experience Italian culture as well as enjoying the local cuisine and lifestyle.
Photos from last year’s International Summer School 2019
LA TRAVIATA di Giuseppe Verdi in forma cameristica e semi-scenica
Direttore Francesco Attardi
Violetta Valery – Shuwen Jia (China) Annina/Flora – Alexandra Kodes (Russia)
Alfredo Germont – Choi Yo Sub (Korea) Giorgio Germont – Jaime Eduardo Pialli (Italy)
Chiara Salerno, Francesca Mazza – soprano Antonella Fioretti, Francesca Aparo – mezzo-soprano
Alfio Marletta, Simone Massimino – tenore Daniele Bartolini, Alessandro Vargetto – basso
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA
Violini – Yuliya Tsyrkun, Alessia Casalino, Giuseppa Modica, Lorenzo Conti
Viola – Antonio Greco Violoncello – Stefania Cannata Contrabasso – Alberto Amato
Flauto – Andrea La Monica Oboe – Andrea Netti Clarinetto – Fulvio Bazzano Corno – Paolo Cannata
Tromba – Pietro Di Maria Trombone – Paolo Reale Timpani /percussioni – Giuseppe Valenti
maestro accompagnatore al pianoforte – Sung Geun Kim (Korea)
con la partecipazione di Salvo Canto e Sara Cilea
Docenti del Masterclass
Francesco Attardi direttore d’orchestra
Elisa De Luigi pianista e docente di repertorio vocale Sonia Grandis regista e docente di arte scenica
Si ringraziano il Comune di Siracusa, il sindaco di Siracusa Francesco Italia e l’assessore alle politiche per la valorizzazione del territorio, sviluppo culturale e l’incoming Fabio Granata.