Masterclass Giulio Zappa – For singers and accompanying pianists

From 25th September to 1st October 2023
Giulio Zappa

Giulio Zappa was born in Monza in 1971. He studied under the guide of Oleg Marshev, finishing his piano degree with honours at the Conservatory of Novara. At the same time, he graduated with honours in Foreign languages and literatures at the Statale University of Milan, with a dissertation upon Russian opera. He started his activity as piano accompanist for opera repertoire in the class of Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan. He eventually continued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini and Irwin Gage, with this latter for the vocal chamber music repertoire. Since 1996 he has had an intense concert career all over the world, and he has been often invited both as opera vocal coach and as recital accompanist in many theaters and Festivals in all Europe and Asia, such as Opera National Bordeaux, Opera de Lorraine, Seoul Art Center, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro de la Maestranza Seville, Festival Mozart La Coruna, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, Tenerife Opera Festival, Festival de la Opera de Las Palmas, Wigmore Hall, John Smith’s Square, Rudolfinum Prague, Verdi Conservatory Hall Milano, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Biwako Hall and Saint Petersburg Philarmonie, etc… He has been vocal coach and continuo player at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, for the productions of “La Gazzetta“, “Torvaldo e Dorliska“, “La Gazza ladra“, “Sigismondo“, and “Matilde di Shabran“, for the labels Dynamic and Decca. He has worked as vocal coach at the WNO-Cardiff and for three editions of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He has had the chance to collaborate with artists of different generations of the italian and the international opera system, such as Giulietta Simionato, Luis Alva, Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, Lella Cuberli, Piero Cappuccilli, Enzo Dara, Leo Nucci, Michele Pertusi, Gregory Kunde, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Florez, Dmitry Korchak, Larry Brownlee, Mariella Devia, Erwin Schrott, Luca Pisaroni, Olga Peretyatko, Marina Rebeka, and many other younger artists of the last generation. He has worked with famous stage directors and conductor such as A. Zedda, G. Kuhn, L. Jia, A. Allemandi, P.Olmi, M. Barbacini, P. Fournillier, M. Mariotti, C. Rizzi, M. Martone, D. Fo, G. Strehler, L.Ronconi, M. Hampe, P. Pizzi, Martinoty, G. Vick, etc… As a teacher both for singers and accompanists he has been invited by different schools and theaters such as Scuola dell’Opera of Bologna, Accademia del Maggio Fiorentino, Teatro Real of Madrid, Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid, University of Jaen, Opera Studio of Tel Aviv and Academy of Bol’shoj Theatre Moscow. Among recent and future engagements: a tour of recitals in Barcellona, Valencia, Pesaro, Moscow and Lausanne, Toulouse, Wiener Staatsoper, Zürich, Madrid, Teatro alla Scala, Tokyo Opera Theatre, productions of Barbiere di Siviglia (Glyndebourne festival), and Semiramide by Rossini at Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro. He has been artistic director of the Young Artist Programme (Opera Estudio) at the Tenerife Opera (Spain) since 2013.


The course aims to analyse, vocally and musically, the stylistic differences in the evolution of Opera in Italian from Neoclassicism to Verismo, and to analyse the piano accompaniment technique, both in the opera and chamber repertoire. Particular attention will also be given to the technique of the “recitativo secco“, in the comic opera as well in the serious, from Mozart to the Italian Belcanto.

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