Solti-Te Kanawa Bel Canto Masterclasses
Project location: ITALY, Various
Project start date: January 2005 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2005-30
Beneficiary: Accademia di Bel Canto
In 2007 the Accademia was directed by Jonathan Papp, Paolo Speca, Shirley Keane, Emanuela Pepi Ferrari and Corradina Caporello. The legendary Italian baritone Leo Nucci, who like Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Mirella Freni has worked with Maestro Solti, conducted the masterclasses.
The Accademia took place in the three weeks from June 23 to July 14. Auditions to select students took place in London in February.
This year, all the students were offered a photo shooting with a professional photographer, which provided them with a portfolio of promotional images, and each of them received 30 copies of the CD recorded at the concerts: a perfect "starter kit" for young singers at the beginning of their international careers.
The third week of the course included an extensive program of concerts in Maremma and a closing concert in London.
Moreover, the project included - upon specific request of the Nando Peretti Foundation - the assignment of 4 scholarships to the most promising students of the Accademia Masterclasses, already funded by the Nando Peretti Foundation in the years 2005 and 2006. More specifically, these four students were: Eliana Pretorian (2005), Seung Wook (2005) Mihoko Kinoshita (2006), Jesus Leon (2006). These young talents were well known to the Nando Peretti Foundation for having been watched in the past two years in several public performances, which followed the progress they made thanks to the Accademia's masterclasses, as well as been recorded in the two CD's made by the Foundation which include their best performances.
Moreover, again upon request of the Nando Peretti Foundation, this year students had the possibility to perform at a concert organized in memory of Maestro Solti in the 10th anniversary of his passing away (1997-2007). This concert, supported by the Nando Peretti Foundation, was named "Music for Maestro" and took place at the prestigious Wigmore Hall of London on 20th January 2008.
This concert provided exceptional visibility to the work carried out over the past years, and enabled the Accademia and its singers to jointly reach a very high level of visibility which without this opportunity could have only been attained with effort. It was an extremely important event to promote the work of these young artists and it can be considered the Accademia's most important success to date.