6 - 18 August 2018

Singing Lessons

All students will receive daily 1-hour singing lessons or coaching by the major teachers Bruce Ford, Aprile Millo, Ken Querns-Langley and other vocal faculty members. You will be able to sit in on lessons and coaching of other singers with their permission. Singing lessons with Mme. Millo will be in an 'open lesson' master class format. It is expected that you will participate in these open lessons unless you are excused for a private lesson. Repertoire should be submitted in advance with your application. You will be expected to work exclusively on this repertoire.

Performances and Master Classes

Master classes will be given by the most celebrated international faculty Bruce Ford, Aprile Millo, Nelly Miricioiu, and Maestro David Parry. Every student will be given the opportunity to sing in a public performance, recital and/or master class according to their level. Performances will include solo aria and ensemble singing. Both public and private master classes will be offered, and everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the Gala Concert on Saturday 21 August at Cadogan Hall with Arile Millo, but solos will only be offered to those that attain the highest performance level judged by the faculty.

Repertoire Coaching and Language

Students will also receive daily coaching sessions by of the two major repertoire coaches Harriet Lawson, Roberto Bertuzzi and Janus Araghipour. There will also be song repertoire coaches throughout the festival. There will also be classes and coaching given in the diction of Italian by Roberto Bertuzzi, German by Gerhard Gall, as well as French.

Theatricality and Performance Practice

There will be different classes on theatrical interpretation and movement. Students will be able to hone their performance skills in classes with each other. There will also be courses on historical performance practice, bel canto history, and concepts in bel canto pedagogy including registration, breath management, vocal resonation strategies, and more.


Below is a list of instructors both principle and master class, click on the names or the links above for fuller biographies.

Bruce Ford

Master Singing Teacher

American tenor Bruce Ford is acknowledged internationally as one of the finest singers of his generation. His exceptionally demanding repertoire is highlighted by many of the most challenging Mozart and bel canto roles, which have brought him consistent acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Numerous major opera houses have revived unjustly neglected works especially for him.

K E Querns Langley

Singing Teacher

Ken is bel canto specialist tenor and a doctoral research scholar in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal College of Music London. He has 15 years teaching experience and has students in operas and conservatoires around the world. He regularly presents his academic research at conferences and based on his research he is expected to publish a bel canto singing treatise after his doctorate.

Aprile Millo

Master Classes

Mme. Millo has sung over 180 performances of 15 different roles at her artistic home the Metropolitan Opera. Outside of New York, Mme. Millo has triumphed in the theaters of Frankfurt, Barcelona, Parma, Rome, Bologna, Torino, the Arena di Verona, the Baths of Caracalla, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Orange, Moscow, Rio de Janero, Sao Paolo, Sanitago, Colon - Buenos Aires and of course La Scala, Milano and many more.

Nelly Miricioiu-Kirk

Master Class

Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and verismo, to modern Italian opera such as Respighi and Zandonai, taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine "this extraordinary diva can sing anything and sing it well ".

Haririet Lawson

Vocal Coach

Maestro collaboratore di sala, Italian coach, Cembalista, Maestro al piano, Répétiteur, Vocal coach

Ente Autonomo Teatro Verdi di Trieste

Teatro Massimo di Palermo

Théâtre de l’Opéra de Bordeaux

Radio Suisse

Rossini Opera Festival

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Teatro Piccolo “Giorgio Strehler” di Milano

Festival de Radio France Montpellier.

Britten Pears School, Aldeburgh

Docente e maestro al piano/cembalo “The Actor – Singer” ai masterclass della fondazione Walton a Ischia dal 1988-1999

Docente Solti Peretti Masterclass per maestri collaboratori

Docente Academia D'Arte Lirica di Osimo 1998- present day

Maestro David Parry


David Parry is acknowledged as an inspirational champion of operatic, concert and symphonic repertoire across a vast range. He has been responsible for the re-appraisal of countless lesser-known compositions in a series of multi-award-winning productions and recordings, featuring some of the world’s finest singers.

Roberto Bertuzzi

Italian Repertoire Coach

Master abilitante presso Facoltà di Scienze Umane (UNIPD) l’Università degli studi di Padova in Didattica, Didattica Speciale e Pedagogia, Pedagogia Speciale. Pedagogia Musicale, Didattica Musicale e Direzione di coro al Conservatorio “Cesare Pollini” di Padova. Inizia, già da allievo del Conservatorio l'attività concertistica in qualità di solista, camerista, organista e pianista accompagnatore di cantanti in ambito lirico, suona nei teatri di: Bologna, Modena, Castelfranco, Vittorio Veneto, Frosinone, Ferrara, Palazzo Reale Milano all’estero Austria. Suona per i decentramenti del Teatro la Fenice, sala Maffeiana del Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, per Festivals, Enti, Associazioni, Ateneo Veneto, Sale Apollinee Teatro la Fenice, Sala Giganti Padova, Circoli Artistici Festivals Organistici.

Janus Araghipour

Repertoire Coach

Janus' playing is both masterful and moving. He is at once sensitive and powerful while eliciting the finest sonority from each note.

Janus has an innate musicality that transcends instruments and inspires the finest singing. His attention to details with the vocal line and uncompromising perfectionism ensures that each voice reaches its potential.

Gerhard Gall

German Language Coach

As a German language coach, Gerhard he has worked with singers of the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Bayreuther Festspiele, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cardiff/Welsh International Academy of Voice, and the National Opera Studio, London.

London Bel Canto Festival


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