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Guide to Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”


The Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti” of Martina Franca is promoted and organised by the Fondazione Paolo Grassi in collaboration with the Festival della Valle d’Itria. It was founded in 2010 to provide young opera singers with high education in the different aspects of technique, style, and performance of Italian Belcanto (from Monteverdi to proto-Romanticism), including the analysis and practice of several other aspects of Western music theatre such as some of the most modern music expressions.


First phase is articulated on the basis of qualifications and recordings to be sent by the 15th February (by 12pm).

Second phase is dedicated to those candidates who have passed the first phase, and it entails a live audition held either at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan (27 February), at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin (29 February), or at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (9 March).

The list of accepted candidates will be published by the 30th March 2020.

To access the courses, students must pass the preliminary pre-selection test on the basis of qualifications and video recordings. The live audition test is reserved exclusively for those candidates who have passed the pre-selection test.

Sessions of the Academy

Academic year 2020 is articulated in three study sessions, held at the premises of the Accademia in Martina Franca:

- from the 16th to the 30th April 2020;

- from the 9th to the 30th June 2020, after which a selected number of students deemed suitable for the experience will have access to a work phase within the 46th Festival della Valle d’Itria;

- from the 5th to the 11th October 2020, at the end of which a number of selected students will be invited to take part in a Workshop on Donizetti’s vocality, organised in the context of the Donizetti Opera festival by Bergamo’s Fondazione Teatro Donizetti, in collaboration with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala and the Conservatorio Gaetano Donizetti in Bergamo.

Academy fees

Participation to the course is free for all accepted students.

Age groups

Martina Franca’s Academy welcomes a maximum of fifteen young singers aged 18 to 35.

Academy direction

Alberto Triola (Festival della Valle d’Itria, artistic director), Fabio Luisi (Festival della Valle d’Itria , executive director), Carmen Santoro (Festival della Valle d’Itria, musical supervisor).

For more information visit the website of Fondazione Paolo Grassi by clicking here. 

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Deadline15 Feb 2020
Finals27 Feb - 09 Mar 2020
WhereMilan, Italy
Age groupsSingers aged 18 to 35