A typical day

Saluzzo Opera Academy Summer Program in Italy

Singers | Orchestra

Singers

A typical day at Saluzzo Opera Academy

10:00-12:00 Italian Language Class: Monday-Friday, Beginner & Intermediate Italian language courses with a specific focus on auditioning.

13:00-14:00 Movement for Singers: Monday-Friday, a movement course highlighting the value of body connection specially formulated for singers.

14:00-17:00 & 18:00-21:00 Production Rehearsals: Intensive staging and musical rehearsals for festival productions. Schedules are given daily for the next day’s rehearsals, reflecting the practice of a professional theatre in Italy.

Agent Audition Training: Receive constructive, individualised feedback and learn how to present yourself at an Italian audition and how to get hired.

Roundtable Discussions & Workshops: Group roundtable and workshop topics include: YAPS, universities, applying for employment visas, agent auditions, acting, self-promotion and career mentorship.

Individual Coachings: Scheduled parallel to rehearsals, SOA singers work individually with faculty and visiting professors to develop their audition package arias, languages, interpretation, and artistry. These sessions operate with an open-door policy.

Masterclasses: Scheduled nearly every day, world-class singers, teachers and directors give guidance on vocal technique, aria presentation and successful auditioning.

Aria Evenings: SOA hosts a formal Aria Evening where singers showcase their favourite arias.

Lieder Abend: SOA chapel transforms into an intimate music salon setting for an internal concert among friends. Singers explore art song, musicals, lieder and mélodie.

Role Study: Role Study is an option for participants to prepare an additional role during their time at SOA to include on their resume. Role study does not include participation in a production but is a chance to enhance your professional skills and experience. As with roles, role studies should be prepared before arriving at SOA. They are then coached during individual coaching time at the Academy. The role is tested for accuracy and presentation at the end of SOA and can then be listed on singers’ resumes.

All elements of the Academy may be subject to adjustment per the requests of faculty and facility availability.

Orchestra

10:00-12:00 Italian Language Class: Monday-Friday, Beginner & Intermediate Italian language courses with a specific focus on auditioning.

14:00-17:00 & 18:00-21:00 Production Rehearsals: Intensive staging and musical rehearsals for festival productions. Schedules are given daily for the next day’s rehearsals, reflecting the practice of a professional theatre in Italy.

Roundtable Discussions & Workshops: Group roundtable and workshop topics include: universities, applying for employment visas, self-promotion and career mentorship.

Masterclasses: World-class conductors and teachers give guidance on technique, presentation, musical style and successful auditioning.

The focus during each session is on the operas. However, the 2 weeks in-between sessions are designed to be responsive to the specific needs and desires of the orchestra members. Open dialogue between conductors and the orchestra ensures that the programme is adapted to the group’s wishes.