6 - 18 August 2018

Singing Lessons

All students will receive daily singing lessons by the major teachers Bruce Ford, Nelly Miricioiu and K E Querns-Langley unless it is decided that it would be better for the student to remain with one teacher the entire festival. Nelly Miricioiu teaches around the world including at the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Covent Garden. Repertoire chosen by the student should represent their current ability and not necessarily be the most difficult pieces they can sing.

Performances and Master Classes

Every student will be given the opportunity to sing in a public performance, recital and/or master class according to their level. At the beginning of the festival, each student will be auditioned by the panel and performance opportunities will be offered accordingly. Performances will include solo aria and ensemble singing. Both public and private master classes will be offered, and everyone will be expected to participate in the Gala Concert on Saturday 18 August. There is also the possibility of a solo recital on 19 August 2017.

Repertoire Coaching and Language

Students will also receive daily coaching sessions by of the two major repertoire coaches 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 Isabella Radcliffe, 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 principle teachers and master classes, but may not include everyone. Names will be added as they are confirmed.

K E Querns Langley

Singing Teacher

Ken is bel canto specialist tenor and a doctoral research scholar in Bel Canto Historical Performance Practice. 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.

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.

Nelly Miricioiu-Kirk

Master Singing Teacher

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 ".

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.

Isabella Radcliffe

Italian Language Coach

Isabella coaches regularly at the major UK and international opera companies and music colleges including:

Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Opera de Lille, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera and British Youth Opera, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, National Opera Studio, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden, Wales International Academy of Voice, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Morley College and Associated Studios.

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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