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Venice Singing Holiday

with
Janis Kelly
Heralded as a “singing actress of near genius” (Sunday Times) who “has such natural grace and emotional eloquence that she cannot fail to touch the heart" (Independent) Janis Kelly continues to be a regular soloist in major opera houses and concert halls around the Globe. Acclaimed internationally for her role as Mrs. Nixon in Nixon in China by John Adams, (London, Athens, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and the MET in New York, with live world Cinema relay. Janis has sung over 30 productions at ENO and major roles worldwide including the ROH, LA Opera, Opera de Toulouse, and Opera North. Recent and forthcoming roles are in operas by Mozart, Rossini, Britten, and Bell. Janis returns to the MET in 2018 in Marnie by Nico Muhly. Janis originated the title role in Rufus Wainwrights opera Prima Donna  (Manchester, London and U.S. and Canada) and recorded it with Deutsche Gramophone. She appears in several DVDs, Films for channel 4  and in opera and song with Chandos, TER, and Hyperion as well as all the award-winning series Inspector Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour for ITV and recorded on Virgin Classics.
 
Recently appointed Chair of Vocal performance at the RCM Janis been teaching singing privately and at the RCM alongside her performing career for over eight years. Her studio includes eminent singers and students here in the UK as well as in the USA and Europe. Among them are Sarah Jane Brandon (Kathleen Ferrier winner 2009, Salzburg young artist, Operalia finalist),  Soraya Malfi (ROSL winner, Mozart and Ferrier second prize) now singing at ENO, ROH, Vienna Staats Oper, and Aix en Provence.

 
What's included...
  • Return flights on British Airways (economy) to Venice
  • 3 nights at the 4-star Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners (lunch and dinner with wine, water and coffee included)
  • Rehearsal space and a pianist
  • Tuition from Janis Kelly and the support of a tour manager
  • Transfer to/from the hotel and Venice airport by private water taxi
  • All tips and taxes
Hotel
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
Getting about
Participants will be required to walk through Venice to the rehearsal space from the hotel. As such, you should be comfortable walking for 20 minutes without the need for a rest.
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Highlights
The 2018 December programme has not been announced yet. When it has, we will inform you of the two operas Sapienza Travel guests will attend on this Singing Master Class holiday.
A significant amount of teaching time with Janis Kelly who will help bring out the best of your voice. The venue for this masterclass is within La Fenice. A pianist will accompany you.
The Gran Teatro La Fenice is one of "the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre" and in the history of opera as a whole. Especially in the 19th*century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers—Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were performed.
Is singing your secret passion? Or are you just inquisitive to see if there is more voice there? Or have you’ve never dared try? Then we offer a safe place for you to open up. Everyone has their own, unique, sound and Janis will guide and entice you at your level to take steps towards a more confident approach. You will learn some technical elements, both vocal and physical, which will offer opportunities for you to develop as a singer.
 
However, mainly it's about your journey and the challenges you are willing to face and conquer. For some, delving into the unknown and facing fears will be the challenge.However, it is vital and possible that by doing either we can learn from each other. The short concert at the end is about your journey.
 
You should offer a choice of three songs or arias, one of which will be chosen in advance by Janis as your piece to be worked on during the masterclasses. This can be from classical music, opera repertoire or classic musical theatre in Italian, English, French or German. Knowing your piece by heart will mean you can learn how to perform it and take it to another level. If you come with a friend, you may also choose a duet.
 
Early classes will deal with aspects of posture, articulation, vowels and laryngeal position along with exercises for warming up and stamina. Approaching technical excellence will apply to all classes.  This will lead on to delving into text and context and conjuring up an atmosphere through imagination, courageousness, openness, honesty and good humour. Yes, it can be great fun too!
 
There will have time to discuss the Opera performance we will attend. Then we will go through the style of singing particular to the composer and the relative period. We will discuss the different voice categories and characters and why we may have been drawn to a particular singer. How does the production affect us?
 
Janis will also share her professional experiences with you and give you an insight into a classical singer’s life, with opportunities to ask questions. This experience should be like opening the door to your singing soul, to yourself, to the unexpected.
After arriving in Venice, we take private water taxis across Venice's lagoon to the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi. We lunch together before an afternoon of singing tuition with Janis. Dinner together. 
The morning is spent under the tuition of Janis Kelly. There is then some free time available for lunch followed by a behind the scenes tour of La Fenice. Further singing practice precedes an early dinner, prior to this evening's opera performance.
The morning is spent under the tuition of Janis Kelly. There is then some free time available for lunch and to explore Venice. Further singing practice precedes an early dinner. We may attend an opera this evening.
After breakfast, and hotel check-out, the morning is devoted to further singing practice with Janis. We lunch together, before your concert performance. There is then a little time to tour Venice before water taxis whisk us to Marco Polo airport for our return to London.
As the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi has only 27 rooms and is a historic building, all of the rooms and suites are unique. They vary in size, outlook, and furnishing. With that in mind, we are offering these rooms and suites at varying prices to reflect their differences.

Flights - If you would like to fly BA Club class, please contact us and we will provide a price for the upgrade.

Travel advice - Please refer the Foreign Office's website to make sure you are comfortable with the travel advice they provide for the destination(s) you are visiting. www.fco.gov.uk 

Singing ability - singers of all levels are welcome to join this singing master class. The idea is that everyone will improve their singing voice and that it is an interesting, fun and enjoyable holiday too!

Non-singing holiday companions may sign up to the Venice: La Serenissima tour which runs simultaneously and will be advertised shortly.

Prices

Single room £2,435 (£2,235 without flights)
Double room for sole occupancy £2,575 (£2,375 without flights)
Double room with lagoon views for sole occupancy £2,710 (£2,510 without flights)

2 sharing a double room with lagoon views £2,165 per person (£1,965 without flights)
2 sharing a classic suite £2,265 per person (£2,065 without flights)
2 sharing a junior suite £2,365 per person (£2,165 without flights)
 
with
Janis Kelly
Heralded as a “singing actress of near genius” (Sunday Times) who “has such natural grace and emotional eloquence that she cannot fail to touch the heart" (Independent) Janis Kelly continues to be a regular soloist in major opera houses and concert halls around the Globe. Acclaimed internationally for her role as Mrs. Nixon in Nixon in China by John Adams, (London, Athens, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and the MET in New York, with live world Cinema relay. Janis has sung over 30 productions at ENO and major roles worldwide including the ROH, LA Opera, Opera de Toulouse, and Opera North. Recent and forthcoming roles are in operas by Mozart, Rossini, Britten, and Bell. Janis returns to the MET in 2018 in Marnie by Nico Muhly. Janis originated the title role in Rufus Wainwrights opera Prima Donna  (Manchester, London and U.S. and Canada) and recorded it with Deutsche Gramophone. She appears in several DVDs, Films for channel 4  and in opera and song with Chandos, TER, and Hyperion as well as all the award-winning series Inspector Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour for ITV and recorded on Virgin Classics.
 
Recently appointed Chair of Vocal performance at the RCM Janis been teaching singing privately and at the RCM alongside her performing career for over eight years. Her studio includes eminent singers and students here in the UK as well as in the USA and Europe. Among them are Sarah Jane Brandon (Kathleen Ferrier winner 2009, Salzburg young artist, Operalia finalist),  Soraya Malfi (ROSL winner, Mozart and Ferrier second prize) now singing at ENO, ROH, Vienna Staats Oper, and Aix en Provence.

 
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
The Locanda Vivaldi Hotel was previously the home of the composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Today, it is a luxurious 4-star boutique hotel (27 rooms) that looks out across the Venetian lagoon and is only a few steps from the St Mark's Square.  The hotel and rooms are richly decorated in stuccos, gildings, marbles and antique furniture in the Venetian style. There are precious fabrics, curtains, drapes, oriental carpets illuminated by the light of the Murano glass chandeliers.

The Panoramic Terrace has a view stretching from Venice's Lido to the column of Saint Mark's Square. It is available only to guests of the hotel.
 
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