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Baroque Opera Boot Camp         May 28 - June 22, 2012

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Baroque Opera Boot Camp is an intensive 4-week summer workshop in Florence, Italy for singers, harpsichordists, and lutenists/theorbists. Classes and coaching in Baroque opera technique, style, and repertoire are led by a faculty of internationally acclaimed early music specialists.

At the heart of the course are daily lecture-demonstrations, master classes, and group or individual lessons and coaching, covering vocal and instrumental technique, ornamentation, style, and interpretation of Late Baroque opera repertoire c. 1700-1750. Students receive daily Italian language instruction (beginning through advanced levels). An authentically staged and costumed performance of opera scenes with early instruments at the 1656 Teatro "La Pergola" in the center of Florence provides a fitting climax for the course.

A distinguished faculty of Baroque opera experts under the leadership of Artistic Director and world-renowned Handelian Juliana Gondek guides students through a full daily schedule of instruction and rehearsal. Classes in Baroque dance, gesture, and stage movement for singers, and training in solo and continuo performance and figured bass realization for harpsichordists, lutenists, and theorbists round out the instruction.

Earn college credit:

Baroque Opera Boot Camp is offered through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension as an accredited college course in two parts:

Special Studies in Baroque Performance Practice (4 units equivalent to one college course. All classes/coaching taught in English.)

Italian Language (4 units, equivalent to one college course)


Juliana Gondek
  • Professor of Voice and Opera "with Great Distinction", University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Herb Alpert School of Music.
  • International star of Baroque opera performances and recordings.
Andrea Perugi
  • Professor of harpsichord and conductor, the Cherubini Conservatory of Music, Florence.
  • Director and harpsichordist for the ensemble "L'Homme Armé".
Gloria Giordano
  • Professor of dance and stagecraft.
  • Specialist in historic dance and gesture.
  • Opera director and choreographer.
Gianluca Lastraioli
  • Professor of lute and theorbo; the Conservatory of Trapani (Italy).
  • Director of Gran Consort Li Stromenti.
  • Lutenist for "L'Homme Armé".
  • Featured performer on over forty recordings.

Qualifications and Auditions:

A maximum of 25 singers, 5 harpsichordists, and 3 lutenists/theorbists will be selected from video auditions submitted online.

Singers, harpsichordists, and lutenists/theorbists between the ages of 18 and 35 may apply. Older or younger singers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The audition video may not exceed 10 minutes' duration and should include 2 or 3 arias or short instrumental pieces by late Baroque or classical composers. (Pieces by Haydn and Mozart are acceptable for the audition video.)

Please select your repertoire to demonstrate the full range of your technical and artistic abilities. You may make cuts to fit your audition repertoire within the time limit.

Singers should demonstrate secure vocal technique, including control over dynamics and clean, accurate coloratura. Instrumentalists should be able to devise basic figured bass realization and display appropriate mastery of their instruments.

All students should arrive at the Baroque Boot Camp with a working understanding of the basic rules of 17th-c. counterpoint and figured bass realization as taught in first-year college Music Theory classes.

Application deadline for Early Acceptance is February 1, 2012($300 discount on tuition fees for Early Acceptance). Application deadline for standard enrollment is March 1, 2012.

Fees and Tuition:

$40 (30 euro):     Application fee, non-refundable. Payment must be submitted with application.
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$80 (60 euro):      Processing fee for accepted students (includes registration for 8 units of university course credit through UCLA Extension) Payment must be submitted upon notification of acceptance. Make payment here.

$5,800 (4,300 euro):      Full course, including language instruction, housing in a shared apartment, final staged and costumed performance, transfer of course credit verification.

The course fee does not include travel to/from Florence.

For students opting for Early Acceptance, the course fee is $5,500 (4,070 euro). A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (740 euro) is due on March 1, 2012. The balance of the course fee, $4,500 (3330 euro), is due on March 15, 2012.
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For students opting for Standard Enrollment, a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (740 euro) is due on April 1, 2012. The balance of the course fee, $4,800 (3560 euro), is due on April 15, 2012.
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