• 2019 Summer Singing Program


    JULY 10 - 20 2019
  • From July 10 - 20th 2019

  • In a place steeped in history

  • Creating everlasting memories and new opportunities

Summer Vocal Program

Back by popular demand

"After years of teaching a summer program in Borgo val di Taro in the province of Parma, I have decided to reach out to other teachers, coaches, conductors and theatre directors and create a safe and stimulating working environment for singers of all ages and all levels.

The goal of this program is to provide a venue in which each singer's needs is fulfilled: whether you are an amateur singer who wants to improve and strengthen your vocal skills, or a professional singer in need of a vocal and/or a dramatic coach to help prepare upcoming auditions, competitions or roles, our carefully selected international faculty brings expertise from Broadway to opera houses from around the world.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Academy's administration at info@internationalsingingacademy.org with any questions you may have about this exciting new summer program. We are looking forward to sharing ten days of music making in Tuscany with you."


Rachel Bersier
Founder and Director


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Rachel Bersier

Voice teacher & Judge for International Vocal Competition

Rachel Bersier

Voice teacher & Judge for International Vocal Competition

Rachel Sparer Bersier, Soprano, has sung throughout the United States and Europe and has been heralded in the press for her interpretation of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” in England: “(Opera Festival) Broomhill was lucky to have Rachel Bersier from New York as Ariadne, for this is an astonishing talent. I have never heard a singer so obviously gifted for roles like Brunnhilde and Isolde, with an attack and timbre like Varnay’s or Nilsson’s… A glorious sound, which made a spell-binding effect.” — Tom Sutcliffe,The Guardian.

Performing career

Leading roles include Turandot, Tosca, Norma, Vanessa, Donna Anna, Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhauser and Mathilde from Mascagni’s “Silvano” which she performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in New York and recorded for Elysium Recordings Inc. Amongst other roles, she has sung Agathe in "Der Freischütz" and as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, has had the opportunity to understudy several major roles. Her oratorio and concert works include R. Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Elijah; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Verdi’s Requiem which she continues to enjoy performing.

Early years

Born and raised in New York City, she was awarded the first prize in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Competition and was a finalist in the Lucia Albenese Competition in Los Angelos as well as the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona. Amongst other awards and scholarships she was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Competition

Teaching activity

Rachel is regularly invited to give Master Classes across Europe. She teaches in Germany, France, Italy, Montenegro and has recently being invited to teach at the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice. From her home base of Switzerland, she teaches over 60 private students combined from her studios in Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg, and organizes regular Opera Workshops as well as audition classes for young professional singers.

Website : www.rachelbersier.com

Donna S. Reid

Voice teacher Broadway style

Donna S. Reid

Voice teacher Broadway style

Donna S. Reid’s pedagogic approach is based on the work of Cornelius L. Reid (1911- 2008). She began her study with Mr. Reid in 1993, became his assistant in 1994 and his wife in 1996. Cornelius L. Reid was a noted vocal pedagogue and author of six books on singing, one translated into German, two into Japanese and one into Korean. Donna assisted Mr. Reid in the numerous master classes he presented in the United States, Canada and Europe and acted as translator during those classes given in various cities in Germany and Austria.

Donna Reid is co-author with Cornelius L. Reid of an article entitled, Eighteenth Century Registrational Concepts published in the March/April 2000 issue of the Journal of Singing. She also worked very closely with Mr. Reid on several other of his writings.

Although Cornelius Reid’s pedagogic principals were formulated with the classical singer in mind, Donna has been able to use those principles in teaching the “belt” singer. Her many years of working with musical theater performers has enabled her to grasp an understanding of a healthy, holistic, non manipulative “belt” that enables her pupils to use that sound in a way that is neither damaging nor fatiguing.

Donna also works with classical singers, her belief being that a free voice allows one to sing whatever they wish. The difference in styles is simply one of register balance and coloration of sound. That being said, the mechanism must be free enough, with an efficient muscular coordination, to permit the singer to make the sounds they feel are artistically suited to the piece they are performing.

This freedom can best be obtained through a holistic, non-manipulative pedagogic approach.

Donna taught singing at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City from 1995 to 2014. She currently maintains a private studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Website : www.donnasreid.com

Carole Farley

Career counseling & talent scout (to be confirmed)

Carole Farley

Career counseling & talent scout (to be confirmed)

GRAMMY-nominated Carole Farley made her Metropolitan Opera debut at age 19 in the title role of Lulu (the Met's first production), a role she has repeated over 100 times in four languages (German, English, French and Italian). Carole Farley returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the title role in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich, the only non-Russian in the cast. Her more than 100 performances of Salome in opera houses around the world have been highly acclaimed. As a regular guest of the world's opera houses, she has performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera, Oper der Stadt Köln, New York City Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and in Zürich, Düsseldorf, Paris, Torino, Lyon, Brussels, Nice and Florence, and many other cities. Highlights in her career include the Paris production of The Merry Widow and the Lyubimov-staged Lulu for Torino which was awarded the Abbiati Prize in Italy. She has claimed the role of Jenny in Mahagonny as her own following huge successes in Buenos Aires at Teatro Colón. Her performances of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Menotti's The Telephone have been filmed by Decca in co-production with the BBC, and now re-issued on DVD, a best-seller in the New York Times charts. This film, first shown on prime time television by the BBC, is her third for the Poulenc opera. The first two films were done in Sydney by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with the Sydney Symphony, one in French and one in English.

Carole Farley's orchestral appearances have included most of the leading orchestras in the U.S. including the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, and the National Symphony, with conductors Levine, Mehta, Skrowaszewski, Dorati, Kostelanetz, Zinman and Sir Andrew Davis. Her European orchestra concerts include the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de France and the Radio Orchestras of Brussels, Paris, Torino, Cologne, Rome, The Hague, Helsinki and Barcelona with Levine, Boulez, Martinon, Bertini, Santi, Pritchard, Maazel, Downes, Salonen, Davis, Foster, Leitner, Fiore, and others. Last year she did a Latin American tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and an international tour with the National Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, opera productions in France (Wozzeck and The Merry Widow), and in many European houses including Parsifal, Die Walküre, Salome and The Makropoulos Case. Her extensive discography includes over fifty titles, with multiple awards including the Grand Prix du Disque, Deutsche Schallplatten Award, Gramophone Editor's Choice, Gramophone's CD of the Month, GRAMMY nominations, and many others. She won the Grand Prix du Disque for her recording of Aubert Lemeland’s “Omaha, Chant pour les soldats morts.”

Recent recordings include three Kurt Weill CD's, including the world premiere recording of "Der Neue Orpheus", a best-seller CD of Ned Rorem songs with the composer at the piano, songs by Ernesto Lecuona, orchestral CD's of songs by Richard Strauss, Edvard Grieg, Delius and arias by Tchaikovsky, as well as her CD of songs by William Bolcom, accompanied at the piano by the composer, recipient of two GRAMMY nominations in 2006 for Best Vocal Album, and Gramophone's CD of the Month. She debuted at San Carlo Opera in Naples, Italy, in Leonard Bernstein's opera Candide. Her newest CD, "Classic American Love Songs" Volume 1, was released in June 2007.

Recent touring has taken her to China for a 10-city tour as featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Americas as well as to the Bermuda Festival with the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra.

Ms Farley has recently established her own company “Carole Farley International Vocal Coaching” and is currently coaching and mentoring singers internationally. She is in demand for vocal masterclasses, which have included the NY Chamber Music Festival, Yale University, University of Miami, Long Island University, Florida International University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hong Kong International Piano Competition (presented by Chopin Society Hong Kong), Academy of Music in Hong Kong and among many others in the US and abroad. In addition to creating a seminar/workshop on musical entrepreneurship for singers, which is currently touring, she has secured international artistic management for four singers, with two already having contracts for leading roles at the MET and other opera houses.

Website : www.carolefarley.com

Florent Lattuga

Vocal Coach/Pianist

Florent Lattuga

Vocal Coach/Pianist

Florent Lattuga-Duyck begins his piano training in Provins, where he quickly obtains an Excellence Award from the Ile-de-France region. He joined Adam Wibrowski's class at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz in Paris, then Bernard Job's class at the CRD in Blois, where he obtained a DEM unanimously in 2008.
In 2010, he entered Ricardo Castro's class at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne with whom he obtained a Bachelor of Music in 2012, then a Master of Interpretation for which he received the maximum mark, and the prize for the best Master recital.
Finally, in 2016, he obtained a Master of Accompaniment in the classes of Béatrice Richoz, Todd Camburn and Marc Pantillon, for which he received a prize for excellence in results.

He benefited from the advice of great pianists by following masterclasses by Leon Fleisher, Lee Kum Sing Willem Latchoumia, Gergely Boganye, Dmitri Alexeev, but also Helmut Deutch, Roger Vignoles and Martin Katz.

Winner of several international competitions, he performs as soloist at the Polish Library in Paris, at the Basilique Ste-Clothilde in Paris, in Blois for the association for the promotion of young soloists "Gerbert d'Aurillac", at the Casino d'Evian, but also abroad, notably in Portugal (Porto, Cortes de Cima), at the aula of the University of Fribourg, or in Brazil where he interprets Beethoven's Fantaisie-Chorale with the Neojiba orchestra. In 2014, he gave the Swiss premiere of Dimitri Tchesnokov's Piano Concerto and Choir No. 1. A committed musician, he actively participates in the humanitarian association "Musical Perspectives", for which he recorded S. Prokofiev's 8th Sonata and A. Scriabin's 5th Sonata in 2009.

Eclectic, he also studied jazz, and formed the group "L'Ombre de ton chien" with whom he performed regularly in Paris, notably at the Sunset or the Café Universel, and participated in the festival "Les Lucarnes Azurées" in Slovenia, during which he played for the national radio. Accompanying the Parisian cabaret evenings of the association " Chansons de France ", he co-wrote a show around Boris Vian " l'évadé Vian " which is played in Paris and in the Centre region.

Engaged by the Haute école de musique de Lausanne, he accompanied the classes of B. Balleys and L. Vaduva during the year 2016-2017, and accompanied the opera workshop directed by Thierry Pillon since 2016. Recently, he was chosen to accompany Patrick Messina's masterclass on the Swiss clarinet day, and Luisa Castellani's masterclass on A. Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. He is also the permanent accompanist of the Arsis Choir in Fribourg (Dir. P.F. Roubaty) and the Pro Arte Choir in Lausanne (Dir. P. Mayer).

He has performed in numerous festivals, including Schubertiades (organized by the Swiss radio Espace 2), Sérénades en Baronnies, Tounò, and Art'Scènes (Nantes).

Winner of the prestigious Richard Wagner Fellowship from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, he is invited to the Bayreuth Festival during the summer of 2015.

Anthony di Giantomasso

Vocal coach & Professor of Operatic diction at HEM-HESSO, Switzerland

Anthony di Giantomasso

Vocal coach & Professor of Operatic diction at HEM-HESSO, Switzerland

Anthony Di Giantomasso graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 1990 after studying piano, singing and accompaniment. He perfected his studies in New York, London and Zurich. Since then, he has participated in numerous piano recitals as soloist and accompanying pianist. His career takes him across Europe, Australia, the United States, China and Syria where he gives singing masterclasses.

He has worked as a vocal conductor and conductor for several theatres, including operas in Melbourne, Zurich, Geneva and Fribourg, as well as at the Théâtre Musical de Genève, the Opéra Studio de Genève, the Opéra de Poche Fribourgeois, the Soirées Estivales de Brou and Figaro et Cie.

Passionate about the voice and its use, he is currently head of singing and professor of diction and phonetics at the Universities of Music in Lausanne and Geneva. He regularly gives lectures and master classes for diction and pronunciation of languages as well as vocal expression for the stage.

Juan David Molano

Vocal Coach/Pianist

Juan David Molano

Vocal Coach/Pianist

Born in Manizales, Colombia, Juan David Molano began his piano studies at the age of nine with his aunt Olga González, a former assistant of the great italian pedagogue Emilio Paracchini. He continues his studies in Bogota with Maestro Karol Bermudez and win several first prizes in national competitions, specially the Radio HJCK Piano Competition and the UIS Piano Competition. Juan David Molano received a scholarship from the Fondation Mazda in Colombia to finance his studies in Switzerland at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel as pupil of the Austrian pianist Peter Efler. Postgraduate studies for piano followed in the Swiss music conservatories of Fribourg, Geneva and Bern, where he obtained a Soloist Diploma in the class of Tomasz Herbut.

He has given numerous piano recitals and collaborated with numerous renowned musicians such as Edicson Ruiz (Double bass), Alexis Cárdenas (violin), Ricardo Castro (piano), Michel Bellavance (flute), Abel Carlevaro (guitar),Philippe Savoy (Saxophone) and Hanchao Jiang (saxophone). He has been invited to play as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia at the Teatro Colon in Bogota, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfonica de Caldas, Berner Symphonie Orchester, playing under the baton of renowned maestros as Irwin Hoffman, Federico García Vigil and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

In 2006 Juan David accepted a position as piano teacher at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. The same year he started leading an important project of cultural development in his hometown Manizales in Colombia, as Artistic Director of the international chamber music series organised by the National University, a position he has held during 6 years, organizing over 50 concerts with prominent musicians from all over the world.

Juan David Molano studied conducting at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in the class of Hervé Klopfenstein and Aurélien Zielinski and then at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London under the guidance of Sian Edwards and Colin Metters for orchestral conducting and Patrick Russill for choral conducting.

He participated in master classes of major personalities like Bruno Aprea (opera), Colin Metters, Mark Shanahan (opera), Martyn Brabbins, Arturo Tamayo and David Zinman having the opportunity to conduct the Russian National Orchestra and the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, The Joven Orquesta de Galicia, among others.

Principal conductor of the Edward Said Conservatory of Music since 2011, he has led different projects with the ESNCM Orchestra such as Concert for life and peace in December 2011 (broadcast by the RAI3) and Carmen (opera excerpts with international soloists and the celebrated Swiss choir St. Michel).

He has recently conducted the Kharkov Filarmonia (Ucrania), Orquesta Sinfónica de Caldas (Colombia), the ESNCM Orchestras (Palestine), Joven Orquesta de Galicia (España) and the Orchestra of the University of Arts in London.

Passionated with the opera world he has conducted and arranged for small chamber ensemble Il Segreto di Susanna by E. Wolf-Ferrari (Edited by Josef Weinberger in London), Rita by Donizzetti and El Gato con Botas by X. Montsalvatge .

He has recently received the British Gordon Foundation Award and the Henry Wood Scholarship at Royal Academy of Music in London.

Juan David Molano is currently a piano professor at the Geneva Music Conservatory (Switzerland) and is also the principal conductor of the orchestras at the Edward Said Conservatory of Palestine.

Since February 2015 he is the principal conductor of the Orchestra Ribaupierre in Vevey, Switzerland.

Website : www.juandavidmolano.com

Luc Baghdassarian

Masterclass / Conductor, Pianist & Choir conductor

Luc Baghdassarian

Masterclass / Conductor, Pianist & Choir conductor

Pianiste, chef d’orchestre et directeur de choeur

•Diplôme de chef d’orchestre du Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève
•1er prix de virtuosité de piano et de musique de chambre du Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève

•1er prix concours direction d’orchestre Grenchen (Suisse) 2002
•1er prix concours direction d’orchestre Vienne (Autriche) 2005

•Directeur de l’Orchestre des Collèges et Gymnases Lausannois
•Directeur du Choeur Symphonique de Vevey
•Directeur de l'Orchestre des Variations Symphoniques

Luc Baghdassarian a accompli ses études au Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Il obtient le diplôme de direction d’orchestre avec Arpad Gerecz, un premier prix de virtuosité de piano dans la classe de Maria Tipo et un premier prix de musique de chambre.

En tant que pianiste, il remporte les prix « Piano 80 » à Winterthur, Marescotti et De Agostini à Genève, de même que trois bourses « Migros » successives à Zurich. Avec le Trio de Genève, il gagne le premier prix du Concours de musique de chambre de Stresa et donne de nombreux récitals en Europe, en Argentine et au Canada. Il forme un duo violon-piano et piano à quatre mains avec Florence von Burg. Depuis 2014, il est artiste Bösendorfer.

Dans le cadre de master classes, il travaille sous l’égide de maîtres comme François-René Duchâble, Tatiana Nikolaïeva et Violette Breguet-Safarian. Il se produit notamment comme soliste avec l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande et l'Orchestre Symphonique Genevois.

En tant que chef d’orchestre, il se perfectionne en Autriche, en France et surtout en Italie avec le regretté Carlo Maria Giulini. Ce dernier le proclame vainqueur des dix épreuves de direction d’orchestre à Florence et l’invite à se perfectionner auprès de lui à Milan, jusqu’à fin 2004. Il remporte également deux concours internationaux de Grenchen/CH en 2002 et de Vienne/A en 2005.

Il est l'invité de plusieurs orchestres renommés tels que l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, l'Orchestra del Lazio di Roma, l'Orchestre Amadeus de Paris, l'Orchestre Philharmonique d'Arménie, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Bucarest, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Cluj ainsi que de l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, le Sinfonietta de Lausanne et l'Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Il fonde successivement l'Orchestre de Chambre de Villeneuve en 2013, l'Orchestre des Variations Symphoniques, nouvelle phalange professionnelle de l'arc lémanique à géométrie variable en 2014 et l'Orchestre Riviera Symphonique en janvier 2015.

Website : www.lucbaghdassarian.com

Philippe de Bros

Masterclass / Opera Director, Retired Theater Director & Judge for International Vocal Competition

Philippe de Bros

Masterclass / Opera Director, Retired Theater Director & Judge for International Vocal Competition

Philippe de Bros began his professional career at the Théâtre de Bâle and then at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, before completing his training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he obtained his director's diploma. He co-founded the Pennsylvania Opera Company and was hired as a permanent director at New York City Opera. In 1977, he was called up by the Zurich Opera House as artistic assistant.

He was appointed director of the Lucerne Theatre in 1982, then of the Berne Theatre in 1987, both opera, theatre and dance production houses, where he directed several operatic works. In 1991, he organised the cantonal festival in Aargau for the 700th anniversary celebrations. He is a member of several national juries and international competitions.

In 1991, he was appointed director of the Théâtre de Vevey to develop a regional cultural project in which he created a professional artistic concept based on theatre, opera, dance and children's performances. He directed the Théâtre de Vevey until 2012, then devoted himself to conferences and occasional opera productions.

Andrea Severi, coach and pianist

Andrea Severi

Vocal coach/Pianist

Andrea Severi, coach and pianist

Andrea Severi

Vocal coach/Pianist

Born in Montevarchi, Andrea Severi graduated from the Florence Conservatory in piano where he studied with Lydia Rocchetti, and in chamber music, with Franco Rossi. He also studied organ and
harpsichord with Daniel Chorzempa and Clemente Terni. Mr. Severi gives numerous concerts both as soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad, many of which have been broadcast on television and radio, including Rai, and Radio France Channel 2. As well, he has made a number of recordings for the most prestigious recording companies.

He has collaborated with major organizations and festivals including the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Teatro di Montecarlo, the Opera de Nancy et Lorraine, the Palau de la Musica in Barcellona, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Ferrara Musica, Sagra Malatestiana of Rimini, Concentus Musicus in Vienna, the MiTo Festival, the ORT, Rai of Milan, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Spoleto Festival, Lucca’s Teatro del Giglio, Livorno’s Festival Mascagna, the Cantiere Internazionale di Montepulciano, and the Festival of Fermo. Opera
productions have taken him to Tokyo and Yokohama (1996, 2001, 2006, 2011), Shanghai (1996); and to Beijing’s ‘Forbidden City’ for “Turandot”. In 2000 he was invited to participate as pianist and organist in the European tour of the Israel Philharmonic and in 2006 and 2010 he participated in the productions of Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” and “Don Giovanni” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the United States.

As soloist, he has performed “I Quattro temperamenti” of Hindemith and “La Rapsodia” of Rachmaninov with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and as organist Janacek’s “Glagolitic Mass”. As well, as organist, he has performed the Durufle ‘Requiem’ with the chorus of the Teato Regio di Torino and as harpsichordist, he has performed all of the Brandenburg Concertos and Suites of Bach.

From 1981 to 2015 Andrea Severi has been a piano collaborator at the Teatro Comunale in Florence where he has worked with such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, the late Bruno Bartoletti, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-whun Chung, Giandrea Gavazzeni, the late Carlo Maria Giulini, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Currently. He is a lecturer for the Conservatory “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence.

Gilles Bersier

Seminar / Digital Media Consultant

Gilles Bersier

Seminar / Digital Media Consultant

Born in London, tenor Gilles Bersier discovered singing with "Les Petits Chanteurs de Fribourg" conducted by Abbé Pierre Kaelin. He graduated in music from the University of Tucson, Arizona. A Migros, Rotary, and Lions Club Scholarship recipient, he studied with Master Cornelius Reid at Columbia University in New York City.

On stage, Gilles Bersier performed the Count in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata with the Wesport Art Center; the title role in Titus' La Clémence with New York's West Side Opera; Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tuttè and Rodolfo in La Bohème with New York's Opera Forum. In Rome, he sang Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute with the New Opera Festival di Roma (Italy).

He took up this role again with the Rhône Opera with which he played Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata, the Lumberjack in Jean-François Monot's La Chemise and La Lune, the Master Watchmaker and his Wife by Tadeusz Kassati.

He is Candide in Bernstein's Candide with ProClassica, understudy at the Opera d'Avenches in Puccini's La Bohème, sings Calaf du Turandot by Puccini with the Lyre de Courtion, and co-creates the opera-theatre performances Puccini sous les étoiles and Il Bacio di Verdi with the troupe of the Opéra de poche de Fribourg.

In concert, Gilles Bersier is regularly invited to sing the works of the great repertoire: the Mass in B of J.S Bach, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Haydn's Creation, Stabat Mater and Theresienmesse, Haydn's Seven Words of Christ on the Cross and Franck's Beatitudes, Rossini's Little Solemn Mass and Stabat Mater, Te Deum by Bizet and Bruckner, Elias by Mendelssohn, Requiem by Saint-Saëns, Stabat Mater by Dvoràk, Missa di Gloria by Mascagni and Puccini, Vespers by Rachmaninoff and recently Requiem by Verdi.

Website : www.gillesbersier.com

Diane Gex, physiotherapist and Pilates teacher

Diane Gex

Pilates teacher & physiotherapist

Diane Gex, physiotherapist and Pilates teacher

Diane Gex

Pilates teacher & physiotherapist

Diane Gex-Bersier, physiotherapist, graduated from ISCAM in Brussels in 1997. She has been practicing physiotherapy and manual therapy for twenty years, as well as the Pilates method for the last ten. She opened her own practice in 2016.

Passionate about the finesse of movement, body awareness, the power of self-healing and positive suggestion, Diane is delighted to share her passion with you.

Website : Active Therapy


Is your goal to improve technically and integrate your technique into the repertoire?

Singers will concentrate on improving their technique with daily voice lessons and coachings.

Whether you are a choral, jazz, musical theatre or amateur classical singer, your program will be tailored to your needs.

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Is your goal to improve your audition performance, prepare a role, widen your network or get career counseling?

Singers will have the opportunity to audition for and to work with seasoned professionals from the opera world.

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For Non-Professionals

Personal Development

  • Daily individual voice lessons
  • Daily individual coachings
  • Participation in "Pilatus" atelier
  • Participation in some masterclasses
  • Integrating acting with singing
  • Daily ensemble singing
  • Participation in "Apero Concert" series
  • Participation in final Gala Concert

Two divisions are available based on your level and ambitions

Please select one of the two when registering

    For Professionals

    Career Path

    • Individual voice lessons
    • Individual coachings
    • Participation in "Pilatus" atelier
    • Auditions opportunities for chefs & masters
    • Participation in all masterclasses
    • Seminar "How to promote yourself online"
    • Participation in "Apero Concert" series
    • Soloist in Festival Amedeo Bassi Gala Concert

    Program information

    Fast facts


    July 10 - 20 2019


    Castello di Montegufoni, Val di Pesa, Italy


    1'800 Euros


    Students housed in spacious apartments equipped with stove, fridge and basic appliances

    Double occupancy rooms


    Full pension


    Arrangements can be made for those who need to be picked up from local airport.

    • Master Classes

      When singing is inspired by history

    Luc Baghdassarian

    Conductor, pianist & choir conductor

    Advice for singers working with an orchestra

    Philippe de Bros

    Opera director, Retired Theater Director & Judge for International Vocal Competition

    How to tell a story with your aria

    Carole Farley

    Coaching & Mentoring

    Performing & career counseling

    Rachel Bersier

    Voice teacher & Judge for International Vocal Competition

    How to apply your technique to your repertoire

    Donna S. Reid

    Voice teacher

    Singing on Broadway. How to belt safely


    Age limit : none

    Audio file required for Professional division only

    Application deadline : April 1, 2019

    Full tuition (with room & board) : 1'800 Euros (registration fee included)
    Registration fee (non-refundable) : 250 Euros
    Payment plan available upon request
    Payment in full due May 1, 2019

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