Now in our fourth season, the Greve Opera Academy and Music Festival is a collaborative effort between the American performing organizations Connecticut Lyric Opera and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the municipality of Greve in Chianti in the province of Florence.
The Greve Opera Academy and Music Festival provides young singers and instrumentalists the opportunity to learn from and perform (alongside their world-class faculty) leading roles in fully staged full opera productions with professional orchestra. We focus on providing artistic excellence combined with the practical professional experience.
The 2018 Festival (June 11 – July 8) will feature productions of Aida and Le Nozze di Figaro as well as other concerts and recitals in multiple locations throughout the Chianti region and Tuscany. Opera performances will take place in Greve in Chianti and San Gimignano, while concerts will take place in Greve in Chianti, Florence and elsewhere.
In the first three seasons, attendees have come from the US, Italy, Canada, China, Austria, Poland, Cypress and Australia, and many have gone on to perform with Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra back in the US in main-stage productions/performances. In addition to the career-building instruction, role preparation and invaluable performance opportunities, life-long friendships have been formed in the idyllic Tuscan surroundings.
The Opera Program includes:
– opportunity to perform in at least one of the two fully staged productions with orchestra
– professional development, acting and stagecraft instructions
– active participation in all other educational programming, classes, rehearsals, chamber music, concerts, etc.
– double room accommodation in Greve in villas/private apartments