Bel Canto in Tuscany

Bel Canto in Tuscany


𝙽𝚘𝚠 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐…

✨𝒟𝒾𝓋𝒶𝓈 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒮𝒸𝒽𝑜𝓁𝒶𝓇𝓈✨

by Philip Gossett

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💪🏼 Singers are athletes and opera is a team sport!

📚 Book Overview:

“Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett's personal experiences of triumphant--and even failed--performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the world's leading authority on the performance of Italian opera, brings colorfully to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our most favorite operas.

Gossett begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. He then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiations opera scholars and opera conductors and performers: What does it mean to talk about performing from a critical edition? How does one determine what music to perform when multiple versions of an opera exist? What are the implications of omitting passages from an opera in a performance?

In addition to vexing questions such as these, Gossett also tackles issues of ornamentation and transposition in vocal style, the matters of translation and adaptation, and even aspects of stage direction and set design. Throughout this extensive and passionate work, Gossett enlivens his history with reports from his own experiences with major opera companies at venues ranging from the Metropolitan and Santa Fe operas to the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro.

The result is a book that will enthrall both aficionados of Italian opera and newcomers seeking a reliable introduction to it--in all its incomparable grandeur and timeless allure.”

🙏🏼 Thank you Bel Canto in Tuscany for this great gift!

The CAAPA - Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts is honored to partner with the Bel Canto in Tuscany organization and Giovanni Reggioli to
sponsor a Young Artist of color Jim Williams in travel to Italy for study this summer. Thank you for the opportunity to help in #BringingColortotheClassics.
✨𝓢𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓪 𝓛𝓲𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓪✨

An elegant evening of arias and ensembles showcases the extraordinary talents of Bel Canto in Tuscany's alumni and future students in a fundraiser for the Laura Pasqualetti Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Bel Canto in Tuscany General Director Giovanni Reggioli music directs from the piano, assisted by Patrick O'Donnell (Vocal Coach) and Julie Huang Tucker (Piano and organ), as Victoria Cannizzo (BCT '16), Shana Fishman (BCT '22), Eugenia Forteza (BCT '18), Karen Fried ('19), JP Gorski (BCT '17). Ariel Michaelson (BCT '22), Josephine Miller (BCT '19), Cara Schaefer (BCT '16), and guest artist Geoffrey Di Giorgio delight with dazzling selections from the bel canto repertoire and beyond.

Come at 6:30 for a discussion with Bel Canto in Tuscany Founder and General Director, international conductor Giovanni Reggioli, about the art and tradition of bel canto and the works that will be shared during this program.

The concert is free and open to the public, but concert sponsorships and donations to the Laura Pasqualetti Memorial Scholarship Fund are encouraged and warmly welcomed.

🎶 Excerpts from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Bellini’s Norma & more

🗓 Friday, January 28, 2022


🤫 We hear there might be a livestream for out of town fans on the BCT @page…

#bctserata #belcantointuscany #BCT2022 #360ofopera
So excited to be in #WashingtonDC rehearsing for Friday’s concert! ✨

Laura Pasqualetti was such a positive influence during my time as a scholarship recipient at BCT and I’m thrilled to be able to honor her and give back to the organization with Friday’s performance. Tickets are free and I hope you can join us!

#Repost Bel Canto in Tuscany

French-Argentinean Mezzo-Soprano and Actor Eugenia Forteza has been praised for her “compelling vocal and physical expression” (Operawire), "powerful voice" ( and “exquisite phrasing, great diction and musicality” (Voce di Meche).

Recent highlights include the role of Umilia in the upcoming feature film Cabrini directed by Alejandro Monteverde, 2nd place/Honorable Mention for Best Video at the Canto Latino 2021 Competition, as well as being named a Finalist for Best Singer, Best Performance and Audience Favorite, and being in the cast of the 2020 Award-Winning Fedora opera film produced by Teatro Grattacielo. Eugenia was also a Winner at the 2017 Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico Katia Ricciarelli, where she was awarded an Opera Role Prize.

Eugenia holds a M.M. in Opera from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a B.M. in Voice Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

Eugenia is the founder of the popular social media channel and blog @360ofopera. She is represented by Spotlight Artists Management for classical music and CPM Talent Management for acting. For more information, please follow @fortezaeugenia and visit

Eugenia sings Dorabella in the #Cosifantutte trio, and brings the #MezzoMellows to two outstanding duets from Rossini’s oratorios at our Serata Lirica, this Friday, January 28. Tickets and information at

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico #operasingersofinstagram #operasinger #operaconcert #piano #organ #pianocollaborator #soprano #mezzo #mezzosoprano #tenor #baritone #bass #verdi #bellini #rossini #mozart #donizetti #offenbach
Dear Madam/Sir

I have an enquiry for 1 or 2 opera singers for a private party Sunday 29th September in Reggello for 8pm for about 16 people.

Do you pass on any queries like this to your students? If so please could you introduce me via email?

The address is:
Via Casellina, Reggello, Toscana 50066, Italy

I look forward to hearing from you,
Best wishes
Lose yourself in the opera arias while immersed in the sweet air of the Chianti region , with Belcanto in Tuscany: lessons, master classes and concerts by the International Summer School of Opera that has been active for years in the Chianti area.
Tonight at 9pm a concert on Piazza Matteotti in Greve in Chianti.

[ Bel Canto in Tuscany ]
Tuscany Opera Festival sarà presente al concerto di chiusura di Bel Canto in Tuscany con l' Orchestra Amedeo Modigliani.
Venerdì 16 agosto ore 21:00, Piazzetta S. Croce, Greve in Chianti (FI).
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HERCULES by G.F. Handel Artist Highlight! Meet Apprentice Artist Josephine Lisette Miller. Josephine is a proud German and African American #soprano with a taste for exploring the world’s various cultures and communities, and the threads that tie humanity, through #classicalmusic. Growing up as the oldest child of a military family, she has had the privilege to call several countries home, from #Japan, #Italy, #England and many places in between, and accredits this sampling of the world’s people and cultures with fueling her desire to connect globally through vocal performance, especially reinforcing her love of languages. Josephine is fluent in German and English, but has since become equally involved in French and Italian language studies. Since settling in the United States in 2005, Josephine’s passion of community connection through music has continued to develop, leading up to her double majors in Speech Language Pathology and #Music with a vocal performance concentration.
Josephine has had the honor of coaching with notable artists including Leontyne Price and #Maestro Will Crutchfield. Many of her musical connections were made at top-tier music programs, including being an Apprentice Artist in Teatro Nuovo 's inaugural season (2018) and Bel Canto in Tuscany (2017). In addition, she has had the honor of representing both private voice studios and the University of Virginia in both #Virginia State and South-East Regional NATS competitions. She has placed in first, second, and achieved honors in both the classical and music theater divisions. Now, she is a student of Giovanni Reggioli.
As her studies in classical vocal performance continue, she hopes to further harbor the joy of music not only within herself, but also place an emphasis on sharing this light of musical joy with others.

#HerculesRVA #baroque #handel #Hercules #rva #Richmond #opera #oratorio #classicalmusic #sopranolife #mezzolife #tenorlife #basslife #choir #orchestra
HERCULES by G.F. Handel Artist Highlight! Wesley Diener, #baritone, is pleased to join the Oratorio Society of Richmond as an Apprentice Artist this season. This season he appeared frequently in performances with Opera Roanoke. He spent his summer at Teatro Nuovo 's inaugural season, where his performances as an Apprentice Artist included Guglielmo and Masetto. Last season, Wesley appeared as the titular character in Le Devin du village at the University of Virginia and joined Victory Hall Opera as the cover of Le Genie in their North #American premiere of Rameau’s Sympathy. He recently returned to the Bethesda Summer Music Festival as Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Anthony Hope (Sweeny Todd) and made his Italian debut with the Bel Canto in Tuscany. In previous years, he has performed with the Franco-American Vocal Academy (Mireille), the Bethesda Summer Music Festival (The Bartered Bride, West Side Story), and Charlottesville Opera (La Traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors).

Wesley enjoys much success as a vocal competitor, placing at the state and regional levels of National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Region, advancing to the national semi-finals in both musical theatre and classical voice, and earning distinguished honors at the Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Voice Competition in Bethesda, MD. He was also invited to compete as a national finalist in the Saltworks Opera Voice Competition.

In addition to his performance interests, Wesley is a versatile #stage director in the genres of #opera, #musicaltheatre, and theatre. He directed Le Devin du village, The Last Five Years, and Viewing Pleasure at the University of Virginia and has assisted under Mary Birnbaum (Charlottesville Opera) and Dave Dalton (University of Virginia).

Wesley Diener graduated from the University of Virginia, where he received Highest Distinction for his studies in music and theatre.

#baroque #handel #Hercules #rva #Richmond #opera #oratorio #classicalmusic #HerculesRVA #choir #orchestra #sopranolife #mezzolife #tenorlife #basslife #uva

Come unlock the secrets of Bel Canto in beautiful Tuscany. A three week intensive course with world renowned faculty led by Giovanni Reggioli.

Bel Canto in Tuscany is a three-week intensive training program for singers and opera coaches, which takes place yearly in the charming town of Greve in Chianti, Italy. Nestled among cypress trees and rolling hills, Greve in Chianti is the perfect backdrop for learning the Bel Canto Italian singing style and language. During the three-week program, each participant receives daily coachings (in Ita

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We proudly welcome @maisahthemezzo (Maisah Outlaw) to the #BCT2022 Emerging Artists Class! Maisah will join us in Tuscany this summer to train with our world-class faculty and sing Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica.

In the meantime, we invite you to hear her tonight and next week (February 4th and 12th, both starting at 7:30 pm Eastern) singing Aunt Lou in Highway 1, U.S.A. by William Grant Still at IU Jacobs School of Music.

About Ms. Outlaw: A lifelong choral singer, mezzo-soprano Maisah Outlaw spent much of the last eight years since earning her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University working in the field of Education. She enjoyed an international career as a Montessori teacher to young children. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maisah was inspired to finally begin pursuing a solo career in Opera. Maisah sought out to train with the best voice teachers and attend a top university for her master’s degree. In the fall of 2021, she moved to Bloomington, Indiana to begin her graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music. After being cast in a main stage opera in her first semester, Maisah is currently in preparation for her debut opera performance in William Grant Still’s Highway 1, U.S.A, which will premiere in February of 2022.

#BCT22 #bctsuorangelica #ziaprincipessa #puccini #singinginItaly #italianopera #operaschool #puccini #opera #mezzosoprano #mezzo #mezzosofinstagram #operasingersofinstagram #suorangelica


Serata Lirica Concert

To access a Digital Program please use the link here, or click on the thumbnail below:
An elegant evening of arias and ensembles showcases the extraordinary talents of Bel Canto in Tuscany's alumni and future students in a fundraiser for the Laura Pasqualetti Memorial Scholarship Fund. We will begin with a discussion with Bel Canto in Tuscany Founder and General Director, international conductor Giovanni Reggioli, about the art and tradition of bel canto and the works that will be shared during this program. The concert is free and open to the public, but concert sponsorships and donations to the Laura Pasqualetti Memorial Scholarship Fund are encouraged and warmly welcomed:


In bocca al lupo to our wonderful performers tonight! Their dedication and passion for music shines through Serata Lirica, an evening of music in honor of Laura Pasqualetti and the Memorial Scholarship Fund in her name. Toi toi toi to all!

To our audience and supporters, whether you join us in person or virtually via our FB livestream, we look forward to spending an evening of beautiful music with you.

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico #operasingersofinstagram #operasinger #operaconcert #piano #organ #pianocollaborator #soprano #mezzo #mezzosoprano #tenor #baritone #bass #verdi #bellini #rossini #mozart #donizetti #offenbach


Join us tonight! More information and tickets at

Can’t make it in person? Join our Facebook Live streaming event at

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico


A native of Washington D.C., mezzo-soprano Cara Schaefer is proud to assume a new leading role as the Executive Director of Bel Canto in Tuscany, where she studied in its inaugural year. Recognized for “the kind of singing which is consummate in its power to communicate authentically” (DC Metro Theater Arts), she is known for the title role in Le Cabaret de Carmen, Arsamene (The Tale of Serse), Cherubino (Figaro in Four Quartets), Isabel (Cecilia Valdes), and Rezia (Oberon) with IN Series; Angela (Chateau Margaux), Maria (Gloria y Peluca), and Elena (El Barbero de Sevilla) with Teatro Lirico of DC; Mother (Hansel and Gretel) with Opera NoVa; and numerous appearances in the ensemble of Maryland Lyric Opera. As interested in challenging opera’s boundaries as in preserving and celebrating its past, Cara premiered the role of Wo-Man Ray in Caesar and the Mannequin (by Andrew Simpson for Alliance for New Music Theatre and the Phillips Gallery) and will be the first to embody Ms. Mary Billings in this Spring’s Black Cemeteries Project (Trey Walton for ANMT). Numerous oratorio appearances include soloist credits in Cantate Chamber Singers’ Mozart’s Requiem (2020), and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (2022). Ms. Schaefer is a two-time winner of the Maryland/DC competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a Grand Prize winner of the Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. She is best known for debuting the official Spanish-language translation of the Star-Spangled Banner (El Pendón Estrellado) for the National Museum of American History. She holds degrees in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University, is the proud owner-operator of Carini Voices studio in Bethesda.

Cara sings #lavoix from Offenbach’s #lescontesdhoffman, #lamarquise from Donizetti’s #filleduregiment, and mezzo in selections from Verdi’s #requiem at our Serata Lirica, this Friday, January 28. Tickets and information at

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico #operasingersofinstagram #verdi #bellini #rossini #mozart #donizetti #offenbach


Julie Huang Tucker is the Music Director at the Falls Church Episcopal, the pianist of QuinTango (a touring chamber tango ensemble), and a radio host on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.

She appears regularly at the Kennedy Center and National Cathedral as an organist, accompanist, and choral singer and has collaborated with The Choral Arts Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus, and The Men’s Camerata of Washington. She has been a conductor in SHIFT Festival of American Orchestra’s symphonic workshop and Yale’s chamber workshop. Her passion for musical ambassadorship and education has led to such endeavors as working with prison inmates and township youth choirs through the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in South Africa.

Julie holds degrees from Cornell University and University of Oklahoma and was apprenticed in organ building and maintenance at the American Organ Institute and C.B. Fisk. She was a finalist in the Poister National Organ Competition, participant in the International Organ Festival, and winner of the Oklahoma Troxel Competition; her playing has been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

Hear Julie on both piano and organ at our Serata Lirica, this Friday, January 28. Tickets and information at

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico #operasingersofinstagram #operasinger #operaconcert #piano #organ #pianocollaborator #soprano #mezzo #mezzosoprano #tenor #baritone #bass #verdi #bellini #rossini #mozart #donizetti #offenbach


Maestro Giovanni Reggioli is a critically acclaimed opera and orchestral conductor whose influence extends over five continents. Among his many credits are positions at Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Accademia Guiseppe Verdi, Orchestra da Camara di Firenze, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera de Québec, Orchestra Symphonique de Québec, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa, Ópera de Caracas, Ópera de Colombia, the New National Theater of Tokyo, Opera Australia, Queensland Opera, Orchestra Victoria, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Trained in both conducting and piano performance at the Juilliard School, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, and Salzburg Mozarteum, Mo. Reggioli has collaborated in concert and recital with such renowned singers as Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Moffo, Carlo Bergonzi, Denyce Graves, and Samuel Ramey. Also widely respected as a pedagogue, he has lectured at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and has served as a guest coach at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane; the Caramoor festival in New York; the Renata Scotto International Vocal Academy in Florence, Italy; and the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve, Italy. Mo. Reggioli has lent his talents as a coach and administrator to the Young Artist Programs of Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and the New National Theater of Tokyo. He is the founder and General Director of Bel Canto in Tuscany, and he coaches emerging singers, pianists, and conductors at his home studio in Washington D.C.

Giovanni offers a #preconcertlecture at 6:30 this Friday, January 28, leads several selections from the piano, and makes a #cameo as #ilreggiolino in the #Filletrio.

#BCTSerata #Seratalirica #opera #BelCantoTuscany #BCT2022 #operaschool #summeropera #cantolirico #operasingersofinstagram #operasinger #operaconcert #piano #organ #pianocollaborator #soprano #mezzo #mezzosoprano #tenor #baritone #bass #verdi #bellini #rossini #mozart #donizetti #offenbach

Video (vedi tutte)

Serata Lirica Concert
Bel canto in Tuscany Summer Sendoff concert! Support the scholarship fund here:
Thank you all for joining us on our closing performance! It was a beautiful night! 🎶✨ #BCT2017 #tuscany #youngartists #s...
Walk through and dress rehearsal ✔️See you tonight at 21.15 at Piazzetta Santa Croce for our last performance of the sea...
And for a less improvised Libiamo than at lunchtime... here are our young artists with Rolando Sanz and Leah Crowne! 👏🏼✨...
Buon Ferragosto! Today Sauro would not serve us lunch unless we sang something for him... and then this happened!! 🎶🇮🇹 T...
We are so excited our first concert was a success and cannot wait for the next ones! 🙌🏼🎶 #whenthebeatdrops #tuscany #you...
We are so lucky to have @laurenengleman on our faculty. Every day she teaches us patience, dedication and gets us in sha...
Thank you Richard Hetherington for a wonderful week with us at @belcantotuscany, we are so lucky to have you on our facu...
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