London Bel Canto Festival
The London Bel Canto Festival was founded in 2016 as arts organization in support of the art of bel canto in all its facets. The next festival and academy will take place during the summer and fall of with a festival academy August 2019 and is the opportunity for singers and collaborative pianists to spend two and three weeks with world-renowned artists learning the fundamentals of the art of Bel Canto. The London Bel Canto Festival is registered with the UK Charity Commission registered Charity number 1191941.
Public master classes and recital opportunities are available for a select few emerging artist. Please check the applications page to apply for the Academy and or the recital festival!
The London Bel Canto Festival is seeking out the highest level of performers as both teachers and students. We look to cultivate the presence of bel canto in Britain and to bring about a flourishing of the performance practice. One of our main aims is to increase the profile of Britain, British performers, theatres, and the history of Britain in relation to the performance of the bel canto. As of 2018, the festival will include a one-day academic conference to discuss the topics regarding contemporary research on opera and performance practice of the bel canto era.
Prof. Ken Querns-Langley, PhD - General Director
In as much as Bel Canto is a repertoire, historical period and performance practice theory with its concepts and performance style, it is also as much about contemporary theatrical performance. To this end, alongside historical bel canto works, we will be developing new works by contemporary composers to help express the fullest of bel canto vocal principles in modern settings. This year we are creating the post of 'composer in residence' and can't wait to announce our relationship with the new composer! We are very excited about the new music.
Clara Fiedler, Assistant General Manager