2018 Opera Naples Academy

April 7-16, 2018


Faculty: Verónica Villarroel, Manny Perez, Bruce Ford and Sherrill Milnes.
Artistic Director: Ramón Tebar
The Opera Naples Academy offers an opportunity for exceptional singers to immerse in a ten-day program that provides individual vocal instruction and coaching from master teachers. Singers will 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.
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. Program fee:  $850.00

Masterclass Schedule:

Bruce Ford Masterclass
April 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Ramon Tebar Masterclass
April 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Veronica Villarroel Masterclass
April 11, 2:00-4:00pm
Jeanie Darnell Lecture: “Expressive Singing: The Makings of a True Artist”
April 12, 2:30-5:00pm
Manny Perez Masterclass
April 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Helen Tintes Lecture: “Lieder for the Stage”
April 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Sherrill Milnes Fireside Chat and Masterclass
April 15, 6:30-9:30pm


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.


Veronica Villarroel- Click Here to View Bio






Manny Perez- Click Here to View Bio





Bruce Ford- Click Here to View Bio



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.



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March 24, 2018