Vision + Mission
Mascarade Opera Studio aspires to be the leading independent training and performance institution for singers and répétiteurs in the world, its programme becoming the gold standard by which all Young Artists Programmes and Opera Studios will be measured.
To establish Mascarade Opera Studio 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 Opera Studio 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 Opera Studio 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.
The New Generation Festival (NGF) was founded in 2017 to promote emerging young artists from around the world. The NGF presents the finest talents in opera, music, theatre and across the Arts with a programme that runs throughout the year in spectacular locations, ranging from the Swiss mountains of Andermatt to its flagship summer festival in Florence. Inspired by the achievements of the Italian Renaissance, The NGF celebrates creativity and stimulates it through the connection of art forms, cultures and generations.
In August 2020, The NGF staged The ReGeneration Festival in partnership with The Uffizi Galleries at the landmark Boboli Gardens to demonstrate the paramount importance of sustaining culture in times of crisis. It was an unprecedented manifestation of the restorative power of the Arts and magnificent proof of what is possible through cooperation. The upheavals of 2020 have focussed the world’s attention on the existential challenges facing humanity in the coming decades. The solutions to these challenges will be found by individuals, organisations and nations working together for the common good, and The NGF intends to play its part.
“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)
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.
Cultural Association Musica con le Ali was established in Milan in December 2016 on the initiative of Carlo Hruby, the current President, together with his wife and their children. The idea of creating this Association was born from the awareness that music, and in particular classical music, constitutes one of the most important cultural heritages of Italy, as well as an instrument of personal and collective growth of extraordinary value.
The purpose of the Association, which is not-for-profit and pursues objectives of social value, is first and foremost to support and enhance musical initiatives, with special attention to young people and classical music. To achieve its goals, Musica con le Ali (“Music with Wings”) promotes young talents, supporting them in their training and helping them to establish themselves in their profession – and therefore to “take flight” – through different wide-ranging initiatives organised in collaboration with the major conservatoires and the main cultural and musical institutions.
The activities of Musica con le Ali include concerts, masterclasses and exhibitions that feature the best and most talented musicians, as well as the creation of interesting professional opportunities and the enhancement of their abilities through a variety of media. An integral part of the Association’s activities is also represented by prestigious editorial projects that aim to deal with specific topics that allow us to reconstruct part of our musical history and to better understand the contemporary one. At the same time, the Association’s activities also include initiatives aimed at the dissemination, understanding and knowledge of classical music by the next generation.
Andermatt Music is solidifying Andermatt, a beautiful skiing town in the Swiss mountains with a newly-built Concert Hall that opened its doors in 2019, as a destination for classical music. In addition to working with the best young classical musicians from across the globe, Andermatt Music hosts some of the world’s finest artists as part of its biannual festival programme. The Berlin Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have all performed on the Andermatt Concert Hall stage. Soon, Andermatt will be welcoming Maxim Vengerov to give what will be a truly unique classical music experience. The breadth of repertoire and artistry highlights Andermatt Music’s continued commitment to fostering an international network rooted in this unique mountain setting.