Master class in Helsinki 2.-5.1.2021

Are you a classical singer or a pianist 
wanting to learn Italian opera repertoire and the art of Belcanto? 

  • Learn Italian opera with experienced Italian teachers in Finland
  • Find new repertoire for the natural characteristics of your voice and expression
  • Learn the secrets of the traditional Belcanto technique
  • Improve your vocal techique with an operasinger and vocologist 
  • Learn the style and phrasing of Belcanto with a conductor / répétiteur
  • Improve your physical presence, expression and mental skills as an artist

Course curriculum

The master class for vocal technique and repertoire consists of a daily voice lesson and a daily repertoire lesson. Usually on the last day we combine these and do stage work with the repertoire rehearsed during the course. Due to the current COVID recommendations, we will skip the stage work and concetrate on working one on one with the students. In addition the private lessons singers have a chance to improve their stage presence and posture in small groups (2-3 people). The pianists attending the course will receive group lessons every morning and get coaching from a répétiteur / conductor while assisting the repertoire lessons.

Vocal technique and repertoire 

- 4 Vocal technique lessons with Francesca Micarelli
- 4 Repertoire lessons with Massimo Lambertini
- Each of these 45 min lessons are held one on one. First and last day's lessons may be a bit shorter (30-45 min), if there are many students attending.
- There is also an option to work on ensembles with other students, for those interested.

Somatic workshops in small groups (replaced by training videos to make the course as safe as possible)

- Work on posture, breathing and functional / kinetic movement patterns with Maria Svan
- Improve stage presence with psychophysiology and mental exercises 

- Learn to monitor and adjust the body's autonomic reactions

Pianists / répétiteur students

- Group lessons from Massimo Lambertini
- Get coaching from a conductor / répétiteur, when assisting at the repertoire lessons
- The list of repertoire will be sent two weeks before the course starts. You can select which pieces or roles you want to prepare


- Work on arias, ensembles or complete opera roles. 
We ask you to kindly let us know what you wish to work on at least two weeks ahead of notice, so we can give a chance for the assisting pianists to get familiar with the repertoire. Pianists will only play what they have rehearsed. Other repertoire will be accompanied by the teacher.

The master class will be held in Eiran musiikkiopisto's facilities. Each student will get their personal schedule, so we can take good care of keeping safe distances and avoid unnecessary group waiting. Read more about the COVID protecting measures in the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.

"I've developed a lot. Massimo and Francesca’s strong professionalism, knowledge of music and repertoire, and the warm, encouraging atmosphere have been crucial. Now I sing bel canto- and Verdi repertoire, I have received excellent teaching in technique and interpretation. A professional Italian singing teacher and a conductor on the same course is a combination that can only be strongly recommended."

Joni Timonen

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Opera singer
Artistic director

Assistant artistic director

Dance-Movement Therapist
Executive director

Pricing & Registration

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Vocal technique and repertoire

Sign up now with 496 €

Price includes VAT 24 %

What is included in the price?

  • 4 voice lessons with Francesca Micarelli (worth 280 €)
  • 4 repertoire lessons with Massimo Lambertini (worth 280 €)
  • Video workshops with Maria Svan (worth 160 €)

  • Debit or credit card payment (Need a bank invoice instead? Send us a message at the bottom of the page)

pianists / rÉpétiteurs

Sign up for free

What is included?

  • Group lessons from Massimo Lambertini 
  • Assisting at the repertoire lessons with the guidance of Massimo
  • A list of repertoire will be sent two weeks before the course starts. You can select which pieces or roles you want to prepare

  •  In return of the free tuition, we expect you to be committed to rehearse repertoire and assist at the repertoire lessons

Now is the time to work on new roles and to improve.
Sign up with no risk! If the master class had to be postponed due to tightening COVID regulations, you are entitled to a full 100% refund of the course fee.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS for payment and registration

The payment by debit/credit card is handled at the registration through one of the globally most common gateways, Stripe. It is highly trusted and safe. If the student is not able to pay using a credit / debit card, the sign up fee can be billed to Belcanto Academy Finland's bank account. In this case a billing fee of 10 € will be charged in addition to the sign up fee. If you need this option, please contact us at [email protected]

The student has the right to cancel the registration 15 days prior to the date of the course for free. In this case we will refund in full the course fee paid. Belcanto Academy Finland’s liability will be limited to the value of the course fees paid. If a student cancels the registration later than this, 100% of the course fee must be paid by the registered student.

If you get sick, cancellation is only possible with a statement from a medical doctor. In this case the student’s payment will be applied to an upcoming Belcanto Academy Finland master class within a year of the original registration. If you can't participate within a year, you can also nominate another student to take your place. The change of a booking to a new student will incur free of charge. Only if you are unable to attend a new course within a year due to a work related or other valid cause, and cannot find a person to take your place, the fee may be refunded fully.

Belcanto Academy Finland has the right to cancel a master class. The master class will be confirmed 14 days prior to the course. The course will normally be organized, if there are 8-10 paying attendees depending on current course's expenses. If the Academy cancels a course, full 100 % of the course fee will be refunded to the student. Our liability will be limited to the value of the course fees paid. Please do not book your accommodation or travel tickets before the confirmation.

In case the course needed to be postponed, the back up dates are in the beginning of Feb. If those dates don't work for you, you are entitled to a full 100 % refund of the course fee.

When a student is entitled to a refund of the paid fee, the refund is usually handled within a week. The transaction should be seen on the students card or bank account within 5-10 days from when we make the request on Stripe’s portal.

We must enforce these cancellation terms due to the expenses that will incur if a course is not cancelled well in advance. These expenses include for example: teachers’ non-refundable travelling expenses and the rent of the course facilities.

Our liability to replace your lesson is limited if you run late. Please contact us immediately at 0407583528 if you suspect you might run late. We will do our best to try to exchange your lesson with another participant. 

"The way to work was very different from what I was used to. It was not at all easy to break the old habits and change. Little by little I noticed I had managed to do things I though were not possible for me. I had strengthened and extended my tessitura, and discovered a new repertoire closer to the real characteristics of my voice. While attending the Academy my whole perspective on the art of singing has changed. It has reached a point of no return: without exaggerating I feel as if my eyes have finally opened for vocal technique (or maybe I should say my ears)."

Anna Manfio


We will be closely monitoring how the COVID situation in Helsinki develops, and take all the measures needed in order to make the master class as safe as possible. As for now private operators are not forbidden to arrange one on one teaching.

The teachers will double test themselves by taking a test in Italy 48 hours before departing and taking a new test when arriving to Helsinki. The voice teacher will wear a screen, and the répétiteur teacher will wear a mask. We highly recommend that each student wears a mask whenever not singing.

There will be hand sanitizer available to use before touching the pianos used at the course. We also suggest you to take care of your hand and coughing hygiene. Please do not come to the master class, if you have any symptoms matching a possible COVID-19 infection.

We welcome all classical singers, those who have just started their career or singers who are still finishing their studies. If you are an amateur with a solid background we will also welcome you to participate in our courses. Please don't hesitate to ask us if you feel uncertain about your capability to attend!

For pianists we expect you to have good prima vista skills and that you have finished formal training in piano / are at the end of your studies. For example a pianist, répétiteur, church musician or a piano teacher's degree would be a good background for developing your répétiteur skills with our Academy. We inform the pianists two weeks a head of time about the singers repertoire for each master class. You choose from the list and let us know what you want to learn for the course. 

We mainly work on complete opera roles, but especially at the beginning of our work together, it is possible to start for example with arias or repertoire you are most comfortable with. You can ask us which repertoire we recommend for you (and your characteristics) to study for the future master classes, once we get to know and hear you. 

Always bring two sets of sheet music. One for you and one for the répétiteur. A general rule to follow is: for Italian opera always use Ricordi, for Mozart usually Bärenreiter. Naturally, there are some exceptions. For example with Die Entführung aus dem Serail use Peters. Vocal scores with multiple languages are hard to read, and there might be extra notes added to make the translation fit. We recommend buying one score for yourself and borrowing the other copy from a library or from another student. 

First of all, there are no age limitations for participating in the teaching. Also, even if it has been a while since your last lesson, you are more than welcome to our master class. You are here to study for your own benefit, not to compare yourself with other singers or pianists.

Yes, you can study the important roles for your voice type in other languages such as German or French. Also if you have a specific event coming and you need to study sacred or Lied music, we are happy to help you. There are not that many options for studying Italian repertoire in Finland with native Italians, so we recommend you take the best of what we can offer and mainly work on Italian repertoire. 

Usually our master classes are 4-day courses. With the current COVID recommendations most of the teaching is one on one. In January singers will get 4 lessons in vocal technique + 4 lessons in repertoire. The lessons are 45 minutes each. On the first and last day, they may be a little shorter if there are a lot of students attending (30-45 min).  

The pianists will get a short lesson with Massimo every morning and additional guidance, when assisting Massimo during the repertoire lessons.

Singers (and pianists who have a chance to participate) will also get small group (2-3 people) sessions of somatic work.

In normal conditions, out side of these COVID restrictions, we would do stage work on the last day instead of one on one private lessons like we will have in January. Sometimes we also have a concert as a part of the master class.

The lessons are held in English, so no worries! If you want to take the opportunity to learn Italian while studying with us, we will do our best to help by gradually using some Italian in addition to English.

There is no risk in signing up. If the course would be cancelled by the Academy, we will refund your registering fee in full 100 %. The master class will normally be organized when the minimum of 8-10 students have signed up. The master class will be confirmed 14 days prior to the master class. We believe it the course will be filled with students fast, so it is very unlikely, that the course would be cancelled. The same refund policy applies if the COVID situation changed fast, and restrictions would forbid the arranging. For more information, please also read through our terms and conditions before registering. 

Pregnancy and giving birth can have a big impact on your body and therefore also on your vocal technique. If you have recently given birth, there is no reason not to participate, if you feel you have the energy and motivation to start working again. Our voice teacher, Francesca also has a degree in medical vocology, so she is a perfect person to help you get to know your voice again and to take control of your possibly changing technique.

If you need to take your baby along to the class, please don't hesitate. The teachers themselves have two kids, and are very supportive to new parents. If you know that having your baby along will keep you too distracted, it might be a good idea to have someone come along to entertain the baby while you are singing. 

If you have a vocal dysfunction, please contact us at [email protected] before registering. With a stable medical condition such as asthma or acid reflux you can register without prior notice. If you suspect your vocal chords are infected, council a phoniatric or ENT doctor before signing up. Our voice teacher, Francesca has a degree in medical vocology, so she can help the rehabilitation of your voice in cooperation with your doctor.

Currently our Academy runs without any external funding. Nonetheless, we try to keep the prices low. We recommend that you apply for a scholarship / grant to fund your studies for example from the Finnish Cultural foundation. In the long run we wish to be able to offer also courses with free tuition. If you notice any interesting ways for us to get funding, please give us a hint! Another option to taking a full master class would be to take single lessons from our teachers. Ask more about this option by writing us at [email protected]

If you run late for your lesson, please contact us immediately. We can try to exchange your lesson with a nother participant. 

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”I’ve gained a lot of new insights and confidence with my training routines, found more brightness in the sound and ease on my high notes. In addition, I now have more clarity and certainty, in particular in performing the Italian opera repertoire.

Francesca is an encouraging, precise, clear and supporting teacher, and her experience of performing opera roles on grand stages is very inspiring.  As a vocolologist, she has a delightfully wide understanding on the physiology of singing. Massimo’s répétiteur skills complete this package brilliantly.  I can warmly recommend the Bel Canto Academy’s courses.” 

Liisi Pettersson
Soprano, Singing teacher, vocologist