2019 - 2020 Opera Naples Academy

Faculty: Sherrill Milnes, Ramón Tebar, Bruce Ford, Manny Perez, Verónica Villarroel, Alexandra Naumenko, and Maria Zouves.
Testimonials from participants of the Opera Naples Academy:

“It was simply the best operatic program I have ever attended. I felt like the teachers and coaches really cared about my development and pushed me to be better. Everyone in the program improved. It was truly an empowering experience.”

“The Opera Naples Academy allowed me the opportunity to work with a world class faculty, sing with exceptional singers from all over the world, and develop my artistry at the highest possible level.”

“Each day I received individual attention from extremely effective faculty. I could not believe how much my peers and I improved in such a short time. This is the best value and the best results for 10 days that I have ever experienced.”

The Opera Naples Academy offers a unique opportunity for exceptional singers to immerse in a ten day program that provides individual vocal instruction and coaching from master teachers. Singers receive private voice lessons as well as participate in various masterclasses presented by the teachers and special guests, Sherrill Milnes and Ramón Tebar. Various lectures and classes will be presented by internationally recognized artists. The session concludes with a public concert in which all participants perform.
Program fee: $850.00
Partial and full scholarships are available to assist with the program fee as well as housing and travel to and from Naples, FL. Housing and travel are the responsibility of the participant.


Sherrill Milnes is universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation. With his powerful voice, commanding stage presence and rugged handsomeness, he received the kind of adulation that is usually reserved for tenors. He sang over 650 performances at the Met, where he was honored with sixteen new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts. As a leading artist in all of the world’s great opera houses, Mr. Milnes performed and recorded with the likes of Domingo, Pavarotti, Sutherland, Sills, Horne, Price, and Tebaldi. He is the winner of three Grammy Awards, and the most recorded American singer of his time. In 2008 he received the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.
Born on January 10, 1935 in Downers Grove, Illinois, Sherrill Milnes made his critically acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 22, 1965 as Valentin in Faust, an auspicious night that also featured the Met debut of Montserrat Caballé. He was launched to stardom, however, in 1968, when his riveting performance as Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller literally stopped the show at the Met and immediately made him the dominant baritone of his time. Throughout his remarkable career, Mr. Milnes showed an affinity for Verdi, whose works formed the cornerstone of a repertoire of some 70 roles. His autobiography, American Aria: Encore, is available from Amadeus Press.
Driven by his dedication to make the vocal arts vibrant, vital and entertaining in today’s world, Mr. Milnes continues to give masterclasses, judge competitions, and mentor new generations of singers. With his wife, Maria Zouves, he co-founded and runs the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs: VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah VOICE Festival, which provide training and performance opportunities for aspiring young artists while fostering new audiences for the arts.


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Opera Naples fund raisingRAMON TEBAR Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas continues to expand.
A popular guest conductor worldwide who has lead operatic and orchestral repertoire for major opera houses and orchestras throughout Europe and South America, Tebar is considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. He has the distinction of being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO). Among his posts are Principal Guest Conductor of Spain’s Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Principal Conductor of FGO; Artistic Director of Palm Beach Symphony and of Opera Naples, and with the Dominican Republic’s Santo Domingo Music Festival (2009-2015).
Born in Valencia, Spain, Ramón Tebar began working as a pianist and Assistant Conductor in his hometown at the age of fifteen. He has conducted orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest, Malaysian Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Bari, Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra. In 2014, Ramón Tebar was honored to be granted the Cross of Office of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments by His Majesty, the King of Spain Felipe VI.


ALEXANDRA NAUMENKO Pianist Alexandra Naumenko is a highly sought-after artist and opera collaborator who enjoys an exciting career as a pianist and vocal coach. She has served on the music staff of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera and has taught at festivals and summer programs including International Vocal Arts Institute, Miami Summer Music Festival, Opera Naples Academy, amongst others. From 2014 to 2017 Ms. Naumenko was a faculty member of the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Ms. Naumenko’s students have been finalists and winners of major vocal competitions such as Metropolitan Opera National Finals, Belvedere Singing Competition, Queen Sonja International Music Competition, as well as members of young artist programs such as Santa Fe, Merola, Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center. As a 2013 The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program graduate, Ms. Naumenko worked under the baton of Maestro James Levine and also accompanied for master classes and workshops led by artists such as Maestro Fabio Luisi, Sir Thomas Allen, Ramon Vargas, Gerald Finley, Carol Vaness, Renata Scotto, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Eric Owens, Luca Pisaroni, Dwayne Croft, Matthew Polenzani, John Fisher and Stephen Wadsworth. In 2008 Naumenko was the head coach for the Bolshoi’s production of Eugene Onegin that opened the season at the Opera Garnier de Paris. Widely acclaimed as a recitalist, she has performed in numerous recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Israel and Japan.Ms. Naumenko holds degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Collaborative Piano and Piano Performance.


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Required materials:
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Video or audio files of two arias.
  • Payment of an application fee of $20.