The Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium John Ratledge, Artistic Director and Conducting Faculty

The Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium
John Ratledge, Artistic Director and Conducting Faculty

The Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium will be held 7 July – 12 July, 2014 in Robbiate, Italy. The faculty includes: John Ratledge–Artistic Director and Founder, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Rebecca Turner–Artist in Residence, Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Susan Fleming–Diction Specialist, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Elizabeth Claxton Carrillo-Soprano, Atlanta, Georgia; Christopher O’Rear, Bartione, Gadsden, Alabama; Annalisa Monticelli–Collaborative Pianist, Bergamo, Italy; and the Robbiate Chamber Orchestra.

The Conducting Masterworks Program will study Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Peters Edition, movements 3, 4, 5, 6) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Carus Verlag or Calmus Edition, Overture and all recitatives and arias), paying particular attention to the unique problems that occur between orchestral conductors and singers. Conductors will receive daily podium time with professional soloists, a chamber orchestra, and a collaborative pianist. The following seminars will be offered for conductors: Orchestral Rehearsal Techniques in the Choral/Orchestral Setting; Score Study and Preparation for Conductors; Diction for Non-Singers; Voice; and Conductors and Singers Round Table: Building Meaningful Collaboration.

Singers will have daily lessons and coachings. Seminars will include: Role Preparation for Singers: Character Analysis and Sub-texting; and Advanced Italian, German, and English Diction For Singers. Three recitals will be given by faculty, and the week will culminate with a concert of conductors and singers on Saturday afternoon.

Conductor/Singer: €1000 (registration for the symposium which includes private lessons/coachings; seminars; lodging (based on double occupancy); breakfast and lunch daily; sightseeing; non-inclusive of transportation to or within Italy; Additional fee of €200 for a private room)

Symposium only: €650 (private lessons/seminars, lunch and no lodging)
Non-Participant/Observer only: €350 (no lodging, breakfast nor lunch)
Non-Participant/Observer only: €750 (with lodging, breakfast and lunch)

Electronically send a curriculum vitae, repertoire list, and YouTube or equivalent recordings of three pieces in contrasting styles for conductors, and three pieces in three languages for singers (no more than 20 minutes in length total) to:

DEADLINE: 15 May 2014

Upon acceptance, a €500 non-refundable deposit must be made in order to secure a position in the symposium. The balance will be due 1 June 2014. Specific information about wiring the deposit will be emailed.


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