Regulation of Vicenza in Lirica Masterclass 2017






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Regulation 2017

1 – Vicenza in Lirica
Concetto Armonico cultural association organizes two masterclass of Opera singing as part of the programme of Vicenza in Lirica 5th International Festival.
masterclass will be as follows:
From August 29th to September 2nd the Master Class for sopranist and countertenor with Angelo Manzotti.
In September from 5th to 9th the Opera Singing Master Class with Soprano Barbara Frittoli.

2 – Lessons and location
The masterclass will be held in Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza (Contrà Santa Corona 25).
Each Master Class will have a teacher and a cembalist the first one and the pianist M° Mzia Bakhtouridze the second one for the accompaniment.

3 – Admission
Singers of any nationality and age will be admitted to classes, and there will be no more than 10 students and 30 auditors for each class.
Singers applying to the master Class are required to have studied singing for at least 5 years.

4 – Enrollment
The enrollment deadline is August 6th 2017 for both masterclass
Students can enrol sending the requested documents by e-mail to or by ordinary mail to the following address:
Concetto Armonico – associazione culturale | Via Egidio di Velo 133, 36100 Vicenza
Required documentations:
– enrolment form duly completed and signed (the form can be downloaded from or
– short personal résumé (bio) (.doc/.rtf/.pdf format)
– copy of an identity document (.jpeg/.gif/.png format)
Applications which are uncompleted or are not signed will not be taken into account.
Concetto Armonico Cultural Association will send a confirmation e-mail if there are places available and applicants will be asked to confirm the enrolment by paying the enrolment fee as explained at the following article.

5 – Payments
The enrollment fee to the Master Class is 80,00 euros which includes 25,00 euros as affiliation fee. Applicants who are already affiliates (registered after 10th September 2016) will pay an enrollment fee of 55,00 euros.
The fee must be paid by money transfer to:

BCC CENTROVENETO, Filiale di Vicenza
IBAN: IT60 O085 9011 8000 0008 1026 140
Causale: (name of the student) quota iscrizione masterclass Vicenza in Lirica 2017.
Should the student fail to attend classes, the enrolment fee is not refundable.
The attendance fee is 270,00 euros for each single Master Class.
Attendance fee for auditors is 50,00 euros for each Master Class.
The attendance fee must be paid at the beginning of the Master Class.

Students who wish to attend both masterclass will pay the enrolment fee only once and will get a reduction of 100,00 euros on the total amount.

6 – Attendance
Classes will be held in Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari from 10 am to 6 pm.
Students must attend to at least 80% of the total lesson hours, otherwise the Master Class Attendance Certificate will not be released.

7 – Agreements
Students may enjoy special agreements for meals and accommodation in Vicenza and for the events during the festival. Details will be communicated to the students by e-mail.

8 – Cancellation
Should students fail to reach the required number, or should any such causes occur  beyond control of the organization, the Master Class may be cancelled . In these cases, participants will be reimbursed the enrolment fee.

9 – Final Concert
Students who are ready for a public performance (the teacher and “Concetto Armonico” artistic direction will be assessing the student’s preparation) will participate to the final concert on the last day of each master class at Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari.
Students chosen for the concert must ensure their presence. Students will not receive any reimbursement for their performance. The attendance certificate will be given to each student at the end of the concert of the single master class.

10 – Other activities and concerts
Some students from each Masterclass will be chosen for the concerts that Concetto Armonico will organize in 2017/2018 in Wien, Rome, Vicenza and other cities.

11 – Auditors
Auditors must attend to at least 80% of the total lesson hours otherwise the Masterclass Attendance Certificate will not be released. Auditors may ask questions and make comments during the master class when the teacher will allow.

12 – Audio and Video Recordings
By applying to the Vicenza in Lirica, the participant authorises Concetto Armonico – Associazione Culturale to make video and/or audio recordings, to take pictures, to transmit by radio or TV broadcast any of his/her lessons, rehearsals, concerts or Opera presentations, organized either by Concetto Armonico – Associazione Culturale  or by selected third party organizations or individuals. In particular, the participant surrenders to Concetto Armonico all the rights of said video and/or audio recordings and pictures for any use that might be relevant to the event. Concetto Armonico reserves the right to use all pictures, audio and video recordings for promotional purposes related to the present edition of the Festival or to future editions, or to release the audio and/or video recordings for demonstration or promotional purposes.

13 – Final Conditions
The organization of the masterclass “Vicenza in Lirica” declines any responsibility for any risks or damages, to persons or property, caused to the students while participating in the masterclass.
Enrolment to the masterclass implies the whole acceptance of the above stated regulations.
The applicable regulation is the Italian version



Bernadette Manca di Nissa, contralto

is an Italian operatic contralto who has sung leading roles in the principal opera houses of Italy as well as internationally. She has appeared at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence as well as at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Born in Cagliari and a descendant of a noble family, she studied singing privately and later at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Initially specializing in Baroque music and Rossini’s works (Tancredi, Semiramide, L’Italiana in Algeri, La gazza ladra”), she developed a wide-ranging repertoire that includes works by Monteverdi, Handel, Jommelli, Mozart, Gluck (Orfeo ed Euridice), Salieri, Donizetti, Verdi (Falstaff), Puccini, Stravinsky and the 20th-century composer Luigi Nono. She has appeared in the world premières of several of Nono’s works, including Quando stanno morendo (1982), Guai ai gelidi mostri (1983), and Prometeo, Tragedia dell’ascolto (1984).
During the later years of her stage career, she also taught singing in masterclass and courses at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Associazione Musicale Scaligera and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, amongst others. She retired from the stage in 2007, after which she has devoted herself to her teaching career. Nowadays, she is professor of Singing at Conservatorio di Cagliari.

Barbara Frittoli, soprano

is an Italia operatic soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout Europe and in the United States. She was born in Milan and graduated from the Milan Conservatory. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 as Micaela in Carmen and has gone on to sing in over 80 performances there including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Desdemona in Otello, the title role in Luisa Miller, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito and Alicia Ford in Falstaff.

When preparing a role, I read and study the literary work, which gives me ideas for its onstage interpretation. The composer, thanks to his musical sensibility, creates a bridge between words and music. He’s the true director of the opera, giving us its tone and theatrical timing. Verdi docet. […]

It was fundamental. I was very lucky always to find interesting and intelligent mentors who have helped me, even to get more involved. In elementary school, I had Maestro Giuseppe Spagnolo, who helped me develop artistic skills, singing, acting, etc.