Bologna International Opera Academy (BIOA) is an intensive two-week summer programme – July 10 / July 24 , 2017 – offering: daily Master classes; one-on-one coaching from world-renowned opera singers, voice teachers, opera directors and coaches; and the opportunity to be immersed in Italian language and culture, while living in the picturesque and historic surroundings of Bologna.
BIOA’s curriculum is carefully designed to build the proficiency and discipline that will facilitate success for those seeking a professional singing career, as well as exposing participants to professional-level opera auditions early in their careers.
BIOA focuses on standard operatic repertoire with emphasis on the works of Italian and French composers.
Voice coaching of standard arias with the world-renowned operatic masters provides singers with a distinct advantage in the fiercely competitive audition process.
28 young opera singers coming from different countries will be accompained by important Masters,: the Baritone, Stage Director Alfonso Antoniozzi (currently working on La Traviata – Teatro Comunale Bologna – July 2017), tenor Fabio Armiliato, Bass-Baritone Guenko Guechev (Duquesne University – Pittsburgh), Soprano Maria Spacagna (Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh) Orchestra Director and responsible for the masterclass Nicoletta Conti.
The most distinguished element of the Bologna International Opera Academy is that singers have the opportunity to be heard by and signed with opera industry professionals while still attending college.
The grand finale of BIOA is a recital performed on 22 July, 2017- h 8:45 pm– in Palazzo Magnani, via Zamboni 20 – and on 23 July, 2017- h 6 pm in Cappella Farnese (Palazzo D’Accursio) – free entrance
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