13th– 20th August 2021


14th– 20th August 2021

Montecatini Terme – Italy

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Maria Giulia Grazzini


Article 1

The Academy is addressed to Opera Singers, who wish to deepen their knowledge of the opera repertoire and it is addressed to Repetiteurs, who wish to develop the skills required for this role.

In addition to individual study, the Masterclass will be characterised by active interaction between the various participants, thus providing students with a considerable theoretical and practical enrichment.


Article 2

The Professors of the Masterclass for Opera Singers are:

PATRIZIA CIGNA, soprano: vocal coach

LAURA PASQUALETTI, pianist: diction in singing and study of the score

ALESSANDRO CALAMAI, bass-baritone and producer: stagecraft

MARIA GIALLOMBARDO, pianist: piano repetiteur


Article 3

The Professor of the Masterclass for repetiteurs is:

ROBERTO CORLIANÒ, pianist and composer: aspects of the role of a repetiteur in the theatre and stage.


Article 4

Each singer will have 7 individual lessons + a final concert which will be open to the public.

  • 4 lessons of opera singing
  • 2 lessons of diction and study of the score
  • 1 lesson in mouvement and stage-craft

The singers must present:

2 arias chosen from the required repertoire + 1 aria of their choice + 1 duet of their choice from the required repertoire.


Required repertoire is:

Ah! Non credea mirarti (La sonnambula)

Quel guardo il cavaliere (Don Pasquale)

Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Caro nome (Rigoletto)

Quando me’n vo (La Bohème)

Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor)

O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (Turandot)

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine)

Sì, mi chiamano Mimì (La Bohème)

Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)

È strano (La traviata)


Habanera (Carmen)

Stride la vampa (Il trovatore)

Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Cavalleria rusticana)

Acerba voluttà (Adriana Lecouvreur)

O mio Fernando (La Favorita)


Una furtiva lagrima (L’elisir d’amore)

Dei miei bollenti spiriti (La traviata)

Che gelida manina (La Bohème)

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto)

Addio fiorito asil (Madama Butterfly)

E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)


Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Come Paride vezzoso (L’elisir d’amore)

Di Provenza il mar il suol (La traviata)

Cortigiani vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)

Cruda funesta smania (Lucia di Lammermoor)

Votre toast (Carmen)

O Carlo ascolta (Don Carlo)


Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)

Udite, udite o rustici (L’elisir d’amore)

O tu Palermo (I vespri siciliani)

Vecchia zimarra (La Bohème)

La calunnia è un venticello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)


Duets must be chosen from the following operas:

Le nozze di Figaro

L’elisir d’amore

La Traviata

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

La Bohème

I racconti di Hoffmann.


Students must bring the scores of their chosen pieces.


Article 5

Each pianist will have 6 individual lessons + a final concert which will be open to the public.

The course includes:

  • study of the score
  • performance practice
  • Recitative analysis
  • reduction of opera scores on the piano with an outline of vocal parts
  • elements of concertation
  • active participation during the masterclass for singers.

Each pianist will “work” on 2 required pieces which will be communicated by email 20 days before the beginning of the course + 1 piece of his/her choice + 1 piece at “first sight”.

Students must bring the scores for voice and piano of their chosen pieces.


Article 6

At the end of the courses, on Friday 20 August, the singers will perform together with the pianists in a final concert, which will be open to the public. Formal dress is required.


Article 7

The full programme of the courses may be consulted on the Academy website:

All activities will be carried out in full compliance with anti-Covid19 rules.


Article 8

A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants.

Montecatini Opera Festival reserves the right to offer artistic collaborations for the 2022 season to the participants who demonstrate outstanding potential in terms of technique and performing ability.

The best students may be recommended to Festivals and Theatres.


Article 9

Admission to the Academy is only via email.

Please enclose the following elements with your application to the MOA administration (

  • Completed application form
  • Payment receipt of the registration fee: €50,00 (not reimbursable).
  • A photocopy of your passport/ ID document valid for the entire length of the Academy.
  • A passport-size photograph (JPG format)
  • An up-to-date copy of musical studies resume

Application deadline: 23.59 (GMT+1) on 10 July 2021

The application procedures may be modified at the Director’s discretion.

The application form implies acceptance of all the provisions of this notice.


Article 10

Students who attended MOA 2020 are exempt from paying the registration fee.


Article 11

Participation fee:

Masterclass for Opera singers: € 450,00.

Masterclass for Repetiteurs: € 400,00.

Payment deadline : 20th July 2021. Candidates submitting late applications will be excluded from the course.


Article 12

The lessons are also open to external auditors.

A maximum of 2 students are admitted to each Masterclass.

Participation fee: € 200.00

Payment deadline, under penalty of exclusion from attendance: 20th July 2021

Payment of the registration fee is not required.


Article 13

The payment of the fees can be made by Paypal or bank transfer.

  • Paypal:

  • Bank transfer:

Beneficiary: Associazione culturale Il Parnaso ETS, Viale Guido Baccelli 10, 7 – 51016 Montecatini Terme (PT)

Account number: 000000605479

Branch: Credito Cooperativo della Valdinievole – Montecatini Terme, (PT) – 51016 Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Italy

IBAN: IT58D0800370462000000605479  BIC: ICRAITRR030


MOA 2021/OPERA SINGERS: registration fee (or participation fee)

Candidate: name and surname.

MOA 2021/REPETITEURS: registration fee (or participation fee)

Candidate: name and surname.

MOA 2021/AUDITORS: participation fee

CANDIDATE: Name and surname

A copy of confirmation of payment should be included with the application.


In caso di pagamento con bonifico bancario, dovrà essere inviata copia della ricevuta del versamento.


Article 14

Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Prices for accommodation in our partner hotels are available on request.


Article 15

The Association “Il Parnaso ETS” reserves the right to film and record all the Academy activities for performances using videotape, tape, CD-DVD, films, Internet use , radio and TV, with no obligation towards any of the participants. Participation in the Academy implies full consent for use of images and sound from events from the entire course, and prize performances for eventual radio, TV or Internet broadcast, with no rights or fees of any kind being paid under any circumstances.


Article 16

For any further information, please contact the MOA office:


Article 17

In compliance to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 the candidate’s personal data will be collected and processed solely for the purposes of the current selection as well as for similar future selections.


Article 18

The present application regulations are published in Italian and English.

In case of controversy only the Italian version should be considered valid.

Application deadline: 10th July 2021

Make sure you apply on time!

Application regulations

Opera singer application form
Repetiteurs application form
Auditors application form