The opera studio "International Master of Operatic singing 2019" will be held in the beautiful seaside city of Varna, in Bulgaria (EU), an ancient Roman outpost, overlooking the Black Sea, from the 1st to the 15th of September 2019. The Operas Don Giovanni, Barbiere di Siviglia, Elisir D’Amore, Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana the symphonic concerts and recitals will be performed from the16th to the 22nd of September 2019 in the Opera Theater (all'italiana) of Varna.

The Master's Program will be in English and it will be sent via email and supported on social networks. A special section about M.I.A.L. will be available, from the 20th of February 2019, on the website of the Agency New Imagine Ltd (www.newimagineltd.com).

The opera studio "International Master of of Operatic singing 2019" is managed by New Imagine Ltd as a referent for the local institutions and as the official agency of the Master.

The participation at the opera studio has a cost of Euro 900* which includes a series of facilities including a free admission to the summer Opera theater, a guided tour of the ancient Varna in English language, some gifts offered by the sponsors and a symbolic present as memory of Varna. (* Trip, food and accomodation costs are not included. Hotels are offered with a special discount.)

All the students will receive a diploma printed on precious paper and the 3 most quoted students will receive a scholarship has an award of financial aid to further their education in a future Master.

The opera studio will have a duration of two weeks, from 1st to 15th September 2019, with the presence of important Singing Teacher and professional pianist korrepetitor.

Folllows the courses and the thematic studies, that are part of the Master's program.

A) Operatic singing courses. Internationally renowned singing instructors, will teach every day to the students, coming in Varna from all over the world, in English language, the most appropriate techniques to succeed in their concert and operatic career. Problems such as solfeggio, execution times, intonation, breath technique, support and vocalization will be examined and the performance of some operatic arias will be perfected by:

  • Paolo Barbacini (tenor)
  • Armando Ariostini (baritone)
  • David Rendall (tenor)
  • Luis Ledesma (baritone)
  • Mark Tucker (tenor)

B) The course of Zarzuela, will be held by the baritone Luis Ledesma. To be noted: who wants to participate in the course is asked to communicate to the following email “mialvarna2019@gmail.com” it in order to receive the pieces in pdf to be studied before the course.

The zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre, alternating spoken scenes, other cantatas and concerted dances. The name derive­­­ from the hunting lodge near Madrid, where representations of this kind were staged for the Spanish court in the seventeenth century. The zarzuela has maintained over the centuries, both in Spain and in Latin America, an important role and widespread popularity, preserved until our days. Let’s consider that in this musical genre began and continued until the end of the 50s the musical experience of Plácido Domingo, whose family since the early twentieth century ran a company of zarzuela.

C) Stage preparation course with Dongmi Lee. Different aspects of the operatic world will be analyzed, including the characters of the great repertoire and interpretation will be studied, keeping in mind the personality of each participant. The concept of "scenic art" will be deepened.

D) Course of recitative will be held by Maestro Paolo Barbacini.

The Recitative is a musical moment, well known in Mozart and then in Rossini, in which a note for each syllable is clearly pronounced, following the natural inflections of the pronunciation and the phrase and there is the absolute value of the word lenght to the music. The recitative can only be accompanied by the accords of the harpsichord or by the whole orchestra. In the eighteenth century it was called "recitar cantando" and in many “opera buffa” of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, recitative is not accompanied by the whole orchestra but usually by a single instrument, to outline the declaimed form, rather than sung. During the nineteenth century the recitative takes the name of "declaimed", due to the great passional and dramatic evidence that emerges within it.

E) Course of Belcanto and diction held by Maestro Federico Borlandelli, great-grandson of the composer Gioachino Rossini. One of the prerogatives of all opera singers is to know how to handle the diction and the clarity of the sounds, related to the words of Italian opera. Not only that, the ability to have interpretative skills with cadences, phrasing and beauty in pronunciation is important. Moreover, Belcanto is appreciated all over the world as "interpretative purity" in all the voices that have the possibility to manage this technique. Belcanto is also the ability to blend "mind-heart-soul" to best express the singer artistic talent.

The virtuosic singing technique, used since the end of the sixteenth century by Camerata Fiorentina until the composer Gioacchino Rossini, is defined as “belcanto”, characterized by the homogeneous passage from low to acute notes, with agility in ornamentation and phrasing. It is a musical term of Italian origin referring to the art of vocal technique. This style of singing is characterized by the uniformity of the voice, a good legato and a soft tone. The greatest emphasis is on the technique and not on the volume, to demonstrate the skill of the performer. Rossini, let's not forget the use of the falsettone in the tenor voices, was the composer who always defended this style with a sword, partly traceable also in the works of Bellini and Donizetti. The term belcanto was used until the advent of romanticism, from which all operatives made use of dramatic and robust voices with a climax in Verdi and Wagner. "Ahinoi, we lost our bel canto", were the critical voices at the time of the stylistic transition.
Tenors like Chris Merritt and Rockwell Blake gave birth again to the dominants of the bel canto, highlighting one of the belcantistic techniques, such as agility, characteristic, for example, of the voice of tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

Masterclasses and performances

Masterclasses held by international opera singers:

  • M° Fabio Armiliato (tenor)
  • M° Sonia Ganassi (mezzo soprano)
  • M° Sumi Jo (sopran)
  • M° Marco Camastra (baritone)

Operas and concerts, at Varna Opera Theater from 16th to 22nd of September:

  • 17th September, Don Giovanni by Mozart Conductor M°Ayrat Kashaev (Bolshoy Theater Moskow).

  • 18th September, Elisir d’Amore by Donizzetti Conductor M° Lorenzo Bizzarri (Regio di Parma, Carlo Felice di Genova).

  • 20st September, Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini Conductor M° Maurizio Barbacini (Met, Liceu Barcelona).

  • 21nd September, Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana Conductor M°Elda Laro (Deutsche Oper Berlin).

  • Guest stage directors: Dongmi Lee, Vongani Bevula

  • Guest pianists: Angela Nocera, Luca Oddo, Rosa Jangmi Kim, Nathalie Wang

    Also scheduled during M.I.A.L.:
  • - vocal recital with piano accompaniment;
  • - operatic concert.
  • - concert of zarzuela;

For any contact and to request the participation form please contact:

Varna location

Varna (Варна) is the third-largest city in Bulgaria and the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Situated strategically in the Gulf of Varna, the city has been a major economic, social and cultural centre for almost three millennia. Varna, historically known as Odessos , grew from a Thracian seaside settlement to a major seaport on the Black Sea. Varna is an important centre for business, transportation, education, tourism, entertainment and healthcare. The city is referred to as the maritime capital of Bulgaria and headquarters the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine. In 2008, Varna was designated seat of

the Black Sea Euro region by the Council of Europe. In 2014, Varna was awarded the title of European Youth Capital 2017 and this is year will be the Europen city of the Sport. The oldest gold treasure in the world, belonging to the Varna culture, was discovered in the Varna Necropolis and dates to 4200– 4600 BC. City landmarks include the Varna Archaeological Museum, exhibiting the Gold of Varna, the Roman Baths, the Battle of Varna Park Museum, the Naval Museum in the Italianate Villa Assareto displaying the museum ship Drazki torpedo boat, the Museum of Ethnography in an Ottoman-period


compound featuring the life of local urban dwellers, fisherfolk, and peasants in the late 19th and early 20th century. You can see the highlight landmarks using Varna City Card - it combines all essential cultural locations, gives many discounts to tourists in restaurants and bars, and overall saves money. Find more information about it on https://www.varnacitycard.com

The 'Sea Garden' is the oldest and perhaps largest park in town containing an open-air theatre (venue of the International Ballet Competition, opera performances and concerts), Varna Aquarium (opened 1932), the Festa Dolphinarium (opened 1984), the Nicolaus Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium, the Museum of Natural History, a terrarium, a zoo, an alpineum, a children's amusement park with a pond, boat house and ice-skating rink, and other attractions. The National Revival Alley is decorated with bronze monuments to prominent Bulgarians, and the Cosmonauts' Alley contains trees planted by Yuri Gagarin and other Soviet and Bulgarian cosmonauts. The Garden is a national monument of landscape architecture and is said to be the largest landscaped park in the Balkans.

The city beaches, also known as sea baths (морски бани), are dotted with hot (up to 55°С/131 °F) sulphuric mineral water sources (used for spas, swimming pools and public showers) and punctured by small sheltered marinas. Additionally, the 2.05 km (1.27 mi) long, 52 m (171 ft) high Asparuhov most bridge is a popular spot for bungee jumping. Outside the city are the Euxinograd palace, park and winery, the University of Sofia Botanical Garden (Ecopark Varna), the Pobiti Kamani rock phenomenon, and the medieval cave monastery, Aladzha.

Tourist shopping areas include the boutique rows along Prince Boris Blvd (with retail rents rivalling Vitosha Blvd in Sofia) and adjacent pedestrian streets, as well as the large mall and big-box cluster in the Mladost district, suitable for motorists. Two other shopping plazas, Piccadilly Park and Central Plaza, are conveniently located to serve tourists in the resorts north of the city centre, both driving and riding the public transit. ATMs and 24/7 gas stations with convenience stores abound.

Food markets, among others, include supermarket chains Billa, Kaufland, Metro and Lidl. In stores and restaurants, credit cards are normally accepted. There is a number of farmers markets offering fresh local produce.

GS cathedral temple of Varna Sea Garden
varna varna

Varna People’s Opera. The basis of the Varna Opera consisted of an opera troupe and a symphonic orchestra, founded on 1 April 1946. Its first managing director was Stefan Nikolaev and its chief artistic director was the great Bulgarian tenor Petar Raychev. He was one of the first generation of Bulgarian singers with a world-renowned career. Having graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory, he improved his vocal technique in Italy. He performed at La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. The premiere of The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, conducted by his son Ruslan Raychev, marked the beginning of the professional opera art in Varna. The troupe was joined by Choirmaster Dimitar Mladenov and Ballet-master Asen Manolov, artists Asen Popov and Vladimir Misin, a soloist group, a choir and a ballet. Till now the Varna Opera has staged over 200 productions, nearly 8,000 spectacles for an overall audience of almost three and a half million people. The repertoire is rich and diverse. It encompasses a significant part of the opera heritage of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as contemporary works. In 2010 “Stoyan Bachvarov” Drama Theater and the Varna State Opera were united in the Theater and Music Production Center Varna, whose spectacles have been performed on two stages: the Main Stage and the Filial Stage. Due to the thorough reconstruction and modernization in 2012, the Main Stage is able to offer modern conditions for creative work and comfort to audiences in accordance with the best European standards. The Varna Opera and the Varna Drama Theater have played a key role in establishing the national and international prestige of the VARNA SUMMER International Music Festival (founded in 1926), the VARNA SUMMER International Theater Festival (founded in 1993), and the season Opera in the Summer Theater (since 2010), the Easter and Christmas Music Festival (since 2000), the Easter and Christmas Theater Weeks (since 2011).

FREE EXCURSION. Pobiti Kamani also known as The Stone Desert, is a desert-like rock phenomenon located on the north west Varna. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The desert consists of sand dunes and several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 13 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand, which gives the phenomenon its name.

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