Accademia Europea Dell'Opera

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2015 AEDO participants pictured above (left to right): Amanda Weatherall; Susana Arcila Tascon; Nicole Stocks; artistic and musical director Simone Luti leading the orchestra and choir. Photo credit: Federico Marconi


Announcing the 2018 Season!

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To review the operas for AEDO Italy 2018 (fully staged, with orchestra)
please review our brochure (PDF 408 KB)







About AEDO

AEDO, the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, is a uniquely focused European opera experience, created in collaboration between Western University Canada, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, centered on the preparation, creation, and performance of full operatic roles. The international program brings together selected singers from around the globe to work with pianists, conductors, and directors from some of the world’s most celebrated opera institutions, during an intense period of musical and dramaturgic study and rehearsal, followed by a series of public European performances.

Participants work at an extremely high level to understand firsthand the musical, intellectual, and physical tools required to build an opera character from concept to performance, and are prepared for similar professional experiences in European and North American opera houses. The program also includes masterclasses and coachings with special guests from Europe’s leading opera programs (past guests have included the head coach from Teatro alla Scala, and the heads of the National Opera Studio London, Opera Studio Nederland, and the studio of Opera du Rhin), and private voice lessons, all in context of a compelling European life setting.

Vocalists of the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera are given the opportunity to learn and perform full operas with orchestras in a program that models the rhythm and energy of the professional operatic experience. Through this elite academy singers are exposed to the European opera performance tradition.

AEDO’s takes place in the spectacular Tuscan city of Lucca, birth place of Puccini, home of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago. This picturesque setting provides the quintessential Italian experience and backdrop to AEDO’s program of opera production and musical and dramatic study. Performances take place throughout the Tuscan countryside and artists live in Lucca’s stunning historic centre, less than an hour’s journey to Pisa, Florence, or Mediterranean Sea

Accademia Europea Dell’Opera is your ultimate European opera experience.

  • Prepare, create and perform in full operas.
  • Singers from around the world
  • Conductors and directors from the world’s most celebrated opera institutions
  • Musical and dramaturgic study and rehearsal
  • Series of public performances
  • Understand first-hand the musical, intellectual and physical tools needed to build an opera character
  • Masterclasses
  • Coachings with special guests
  • Private voice lessons

Programs, Fee and Audition Requirements

Applications will be accepted by mail at:

       Canadian Operatic Arts Academy
       c/o Don Wright Faculty of Music
       Talbot College, Room 220,
       Western University
       1151 Richmond Street,
       London, ON, N6A 3K7

OR by e-mail at: coaa@uwo.ca

*** NOTE: Payment can only be accepted by MAIL in the form of a cheque or money order. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.
Please note that all fees, including application fees and tuition fees, are non-refundable.

Singer Program

Learn and perform full operas in a program that matches the rhythm and energy of a professional experience.

Academy offers:

  • Italian Classes
  • Coaching and direction to understand character through music, text, physicality and drama
  • Masterclasses
  • Dramatic workshops
  • Professional development

Singer Program Costs:

  • Application/Audition Fee: $50 for auditioning to AEDO
  • Tuition for AEDO: 3000 euros, housing included

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Headshot (8”x10”)
  • CV
  • Application fee: $50 CDN – cheque or money order only, payable to Western University

Audition Requirements:

  • Three arias which best demonstrate your abilities
    • Please provide a printed copy of your repertoire at your audition
  • Note: You will need to provide your own pianist

Pianist Program

Further your vocal accompanying experience to prepare for professional opportunities in the world of opera.

Gain experience:

  • As repetiteurs
  • Playing for masterclasses
  • Musical rehearsals
  • Staging rehearsals
  • Private coaching with singers
  • Operatic keyboard technique

Work with:

  • Distinguished faculty coaches and conductors
  • Italian lessons

Pianist Program Costs:

  • Application/Audition fee: $50 for auditioning to AEDO
  • Tuition for AEDO: 800 euros for housing. Full fellowship covers program costs.

Application  Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Headshot (8”x10”)
  • CV
  • Vocal Repertoire List
  • $50 CDN Application Fee – cheque or money order only, payable to Western University

Audition Requirements:

  • Opera excerpt to be sung and played: Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro: Act II Finale
  • Two contrasting selections of your choice, sung and played from Handel’s Serse
  • One sight reading excerpt from an opera

Assistant Director and Assistant Conductor Fellowships

  • Work closely with resident Artistic and Musical Directors
  • Direct selected scenes
  • Assist with all scenes
  • Take a primary director role for a faculty staged opera

Assistant Fellows:

  • Receive one-on-one mentorship to develop and realize their dramaturgical concepts
  • Are guided by an international team of directors, conductors, and stage managers
  • Build understanding for intercultural engagements through a culturally bound setting
  • Receive Italian lessons

Fees:

  • Application/Audition fee: $50 for auditioning to AEDO
  • Tuition for AEDO: 800 euros for housing. Full fellowship covers program costs.

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Headshot (8”x10”)
  • CV
  • List of Repertoire (only for assistant conductors)
  • Statement of purpose explaining why you would like to be part of our program(s).
  • $50 CDN Application Fee – cheque or money order only, payable to Western University

Instrumentalist Program

The Accademia Europea dell'Opera welcomes applications from all orchestral instruments (both Baroque and non-Baroque) to join a highly successful program in Lucca, Tuscany. The program includes:

  • Private Lessons (2 per week)
  • Chamber Music Sessions (2 per week)
  • Orchestral Participation, Rehearsals & Performances
  • Chamber Music Concert
  • Supervised Practice time with Pianist
  • Thematic Lessons based on Studied Repertoire
  • Mock Auditions
  • Italian Class (3 per week)
  • Accommodations in Downtown Lucca

Fee:

  • Application/Audition fee: $50 for auditioning to AEDO
  • Tuition for AEDO: 1700 euros including housing

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Headshot (8”x10”)
  • CV
  • $50 CDN Application Fee – cheque or money order only, payable to Western University

Audition Requirements:

  • Two contrasting pieces, no longer than five minutes each
  • One orchestral excerpt of your choice
  • Note: You will need to provide your own pianist

List of Faculty & Guest Presenters

Application Deadline

Singer, Pianist & Instrumental Audition Dates

AEDO 2015

July 29, 2015: After weeks of intense study and rehearsal in the stunning locale of Lucca, Italy, the series of public AEDO performances - in collaboration with Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini - are underway!

View "Fra terra e cielo" 2015 festival program

In the media (2015): Article 1  Article 2  Article 3  Article 4  Article 5



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