At Mascarade Opera Studio we continually strive for excellence in our training provision and firmly believe that we have the expertise and pedagogical skills to actualise our studio artists’ world-class potential. Our location in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, symbolises a return to the birthplace of opera whose Renaissance humanism also lies at the heart of Mascarade.
To establish Mascarade as a world-class institution for opera training.
To prepare young and exceptionally talented opera singers and répétiteurs for major careers in opera.
To provide a platform, integrated into the New Generation Festival network, for emerging world-class talent to display their skills and to enter the music profession at the highest possible level.
To establish Mascarade as a centre for excellence in performance science and to attract leading professionals and academics to support the development of our studio artists.
To develop and foster close international relationships and collaborations with leading opera houses, music festivals, higher music education institutions and post-conservatoire young artist training programmes throughout Europe and beyond.
To weave Mascarade firmly into the cultural fabric of Florence and its regions by providing first class, high quality musical entertainment and to increase accessibility and inclusion via its enrichment programme.
Mascarade Opera Studio is set in the heart of Florence. Facilities include state-of-the-art, fully equipped rehearsal and ensemble rooms, as well as an impressive recital hall. More details to follow soon, so watch this space!
With a compact city centre, Florence is easy to travel around on foot, and is well connected to other cities in Tuscany, Italy and further afield by rail.
Finding somewhere to live in a new city or country can be difficult, and while we don’t have campus accommodation, we offer support in finding accommodation for our Studio artists.
In particular, if there are any additional requirements you need of your accommodation – for example, an accessible or family-friendly apartment – that would impact on your decision to apply to audition, please get in touch to discuss how we can be support you on [email protected]
Co-founded by Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham in 2017, The New Generation Festival and Partners now produce over 150 performances a year in Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. The cornerstone of its activities remains the annual New Generation Festival in Florence which provides a platform for young music talent from every corner of the globe to shine in the unique Italian setting of the magnificent Gardens of the Corsini Palazzo al Prato. With its aim to inspire a new generation of audiences, the festival offers a diverse music programme with captivating orchestral performances, intimate live shows and spectacular opera alongside an array of non-classical performances. Featuring up-and-coming bands, international DJs and jazz nights taking place in unique venues across the expansive gardens, the New Generation Festival cofounders have collaborated with a young, diverse team to create a truly unique cultural event.
‘Opera lies at the heart of the New Generation Festival in Florence, featuring a dynamic young creative team who are redefining the experience of music for their peers while having a whole load of fun at the same time’ (Opera Now, June 2018)
Alongside the festival programme, NGF in partnership with Mascarade Opera Studio hosts a summer school for a group of talented singers from conservatoires across Europe to spend time in Florence studying with leading professional teachers and coaches. As well as daily in-depth individual coaching sessions, voice lessons, performance classes, performance psychology workshops, a public masterclass and a lunchtime concert, the Summer School participants enjoy the unique experience of being part of the chorus of the NGF main stage productions. The 2019 festival takes place between 28th – 31st August 2019; more information and ticket details can be found on their website: www.newgenerationfestival.org.
The Villa Medici Giulini is one of Italy’s finest venues for the appreciation of world class music. Curated by Fernanda Giulini, an honorary director of Mascarade Opera Studio, an unmatched collection of historic instruments resides at the villa. Recently the architecturally stunning ‘Teatrino’ was constructed to host concerts and recitals. The villa often plays host to masterclasses, retreats and superb recitals. Mascarade is delighted to be taking residencies at the villa. We are extremely grateful to Fernanda Giulini and her team for their support.
The Musica con le Ali Association was established in Milan in 2016 on the initiative of Carlo Hruby and his family, and represents a reality of artistic patronage unique in its kind in Italy. Musica con le Ali was born with a dual objective: on the one hand, to make the best young talents of classical music “spread their wings”, offering them important opportunities for professional growth and visibility; on the other, to encourage the development, in a widespread manner, of an audience of young listeners in our country: this is in fact the essential condition for giving a future to classical music and for enhancing one of the most important intangible assets of our country.
To achieve its institutional goals, it promotes young interpreters by supporting them in their training and helping them establish themselves in their profession through different wide-ranging initiatives organized in collaboration with main cultural and musical institutions. The activities of Musica con le Ali are manifold, starting from the organization of concerts in places of great prestige, such as the season “Musica con le Ali” at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the events organized as part of the “Camera con Musica ”and the symphonic season of the Teatro Sociale di Como; in Genoa the concerts at the Carlo Felice Theater and those in the context of the Paganini Genova Festival; in Florence the Festival “From Florence to Europe”, in the White Room of Palazzo Pitti.
Among the initiatives of Musica con le Ali there are also the support of specialization masterclasses, the inclusion in festivals and very important concert seasons, up to the creation of recordings with the main labels and support in the communication of these young talents, a fundamental tool for their visibility and for the enhancement of their abilities. For each musician, in particular, a personalized support is agreed based on his needs, his characteristics and his professional goals in the music field.
The Solti Accademia, founded in the memory of the late maestro Sir Georg Solti, exists to help train the next generation of outstanding opera singers and répétiteurs/coaches. Both our course for singers and our course for pianists are fully-funded, and each selected participant receives a full-tuition scholarship to study at the Accademia. Both courses take place in Italy, and provide students with unique educational and artistic experiences that help to further their development as young musicians about to enter the career.
On our “bel canto” course, we offer up to twelve young singers a fully-funded, three-week immersion in Italian opera singing, with a focus on language, style, and technique in the 19th and early 20th century Italian repertoire. The course takes place from June 23 to July 12, 2020 in beautiful Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany, a stone’s throw from the Solti summer villa. This year’s faculty for this course includes Artistic Director Jonathan Papp, Barbara Frittoli, Richard Bonynge, Violeta Urmana, Stefano Baldasseroni, and a number of other outstanding professionals in the opera field.
For répétiteurs/coaches, we offer our Solti-Peretti répétiteur course in Venice, Italy from April 9 to 18, 2020. This course, led by Artistic Director Jonathan Papp and Maestro Richard Bonynge, aims to help six outstanding young répétiteurs from all around the world develop their skills by giving them an intense period of study with some of the finest répétiteurs, vocal coaches, and conductors of our day.