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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 31st May 2021 (by 12pm CEST).

Second phase is dedicated to those candidates who have passed the first phase, and it entails a live audition held at Berlin and Salzburg (in June and July 2021), or at the Accademia in Martina Franca (26 and 27 July 2021).

The list of accepted candidates will be published by the 31st July 2021.

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 2021 is articulated in three study sessions, held at the premises of the Accademia in Martina Franca:

- from the 4h to the 19th September 2021; 

- from the 22nd October to the 14h November 2021, after which a selected number of students deemed suitable for the experience will have access to a work phase within the Festival della Valle d’Itria; 

- between November to December 2021.

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 , music director), Carmen Santoro (Festival della Valle d’Itria, musical supervisor).

Fact file
Deadline31 May 2021
FinalsJun - Jul 2021
WhereMartina Franca , Italy
Age groupsSingers aged 18 to 35
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