2018 Opera Naples Renata Scotto Academy

Session 1:  January 22 – February 2, 2018
Session 2:  February 11-24, 2018   L’elisir d’amore
Session 3:  April 5-16, 2018


Renata Scotto, Program Director
Ramón Tebar, Opera Naples’ Artistic Director
Fabio Centanni and Ksenia Leletkina, Coaches

Opera Naples’ Renata Scotto Opera Academy offers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for exceptional singers from around the world to work with legendary soprano, Renata Scotto.  In its second year, the Academy will have three sessions:  two study sessions and one performance session in which Madame Scotto will serve as the stage director for public performances of L’elisir d’amore under the baton of Maestro Ramón Tebar.  In the study sessions, singers will receive private voice lessons with Mme. Scotto, as well as vocal coachings from an expert staff on the repertoire of their choosing. Mme. Scotto will give career guidance and new repertoire assignments. Each study session will conclude in a public concert.

Due to generous sponsorships, all participants will receive full or partial scholarships, up to $2,500, which may cover the costs of the academy fee, housing and travel to and from Naples, FL. 


In these two sessions, active participants will study operatic repertoire, familiar and newly assigned, with Madame Scotto and with academy coaches.  Each session will conclude in a public concert of arias and ensembles.
SESSION 2 – L’elisir d’amore
Madame Scotto serves as stage director with Ramón Tebar conducting.  In this session, participants will study the roles in L’elisir d’amore through vocal lessons, coachings, and staging rehearsals.  Select participants will perform in two public performances of the opera.    Roles may be double cast.


Renata_ScottoRENATA SCOTTO, world renowned Italian soprano, stage director, and teacher is known by millions as one of the greatest singers of all time. For more than 40 years, Renata Scotto performed regularly on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, working with the world’s most illustrious singers and directors. Her repertoire included more than 60 roles, and she has a wealth of awards as well as a substantial catalogue of recordings. She has been honored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild in their Met Legends series and was the subject of a PBS documentary feature, Renata Scotto – Prima Donna. She sang more than 300 performances in 26 roles at the Met, and she inaugurated the first Live from the MET telecast opposite Luciano Pavarotti. She won an Emmy award for playing the title role of La Gioconda in the first live international telecast from the San Francisco Opera.
Renata Scotto has established herself as a sought-after teacher on the international circuit and has presented master classes at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Yale University, The Russian Opera Center in Moscow, Tokyo University, Pittsburgh Opera, Paris Opera Bastille, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s American Artists Program, and the Lindemann Young Artists Program at the Metropolitan Opera. In Italy, Ms. Scotto has presented master classes for the Young Artists Program at La Scala in Milan and for the Santa Cecila Academy in Rome where she is a permanent guest professor. The Italian Government partially sponsors the Renata Scotto Vocal Academy on the Italian Riviera. She has an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School and is a visiting professor at the Mannes School in New York.



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.




Due to generous sponsorships, all participants will receive full or partial scholarships, up to $2,500, which may cover the costs of the academy fee, housing and travel.