London Bel Canto Festival Academy 2021

Early July - Early August 2021 (Specifics will be released in October.)

This form is to register your interest in the 2021 academy course including the operas La Sonnambula by Bellini and Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart. The operas will will be double cast (with covers) and each cast will perform publicly with orchestra.

There will also be several concerts, master classes and other performance opportunities.

Also, fill in this form if you are interested in chorus only. There is an option to perform as a volunteer in the chorus without attending the festival academy.

3 week opera performance programme (plus performance week).
Three-week tuition £3,500 not including housing. (Some partial scholarships are available)

This is NOT a pay to sing programme, as performances are regularly reviewed for major publications. Roles and concert performances are awarded on merit alone.

Expected instructors: (More to be confirmed)

Bruce Ford - Ken Querns Langley - Nelly Miricioiu - Harriet Lawson - Roberto Bertuzzi (Italian) - Janus Araghipour - Gerhard Gall (German)
Email address *
Personal Information
Please note that your personal information will not be used for any reason other than for purposes of this application and will not be forwarded onto any third party without your consent.
Name *
Address *
Telephone including country code 00 *
Birthdate *
Please note that the lower age limit for students from the EU and non-EU are different. The lower age limit for EU students is 16 years old, while the limit for applicants from outside the EU is 18 years. There is no upper age limit.
Voice Type *
Please tell us which you are registering for? *
What role are you applying for?
If you are applying for a role in La Sonnambula please indicate which role you are interested in. Please note that the roles will be double cast and each cast will have the chance to perform publicly. All roles are still available. You will be required to show that you can sing the entire role 3 months before the festival via video.
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What role are you applying for?
If you are applying for a role in Der Schauspieldirektor please indicate which role you are interested in. Please note that the roles will be double cast and each cast will have the chance to perform publicly. All roles are still available. You will be required to show that you can sing the entire role 3 months before the festival via video.
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Education and Professional Experience
What best describes your level?
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Education *
What is the highest level of education in vocal performance that you have achieved? If you have not received formal conservatoire education in music, please describe your private musical studies. If your application and recordings are found to acceptable, not having studied at a conservatoire will NOT impact your acceptance or participation in the festival or academy in any way.
Who is your current / most recent singing teacher? *
Personal Statement *
Please use this area to describe your musical training, greatest influences and future aspirations. Please also let us know why you would like to attend the academy at the London Bel Canto Festival. (There is no specified word limit.)
CV and Repertoire List
Please email your CV & Performance Repertoire list (PDF format preferred) to Please make sure that your CV and repertoire lists are no longer than 1 (one) page each. You may also submit information you think would help us to decide on your application for a recital by email as well.

ALSO: Please indicate the repertoire you would like to work on and possibly perform in public master classes and / or concerts. You will be able to change your repertoire until 1 June 2020.
You do not need to submit a recommendation now, but it could make your application much faster. Please have at least one recommendation from a professional who is well-acquainted with your voice forwarded to Please list name and contact of the referee in the space provided. If you are unable to provide a recommendation, please use this space to explain why.
Audition Recordings
Recordings are not required now, but submitting them could expedite your acceptance especially for roles. Please submit the URL to at least 2 (two) representative recordings (audio or video) of you performing live that are recent and unedited. Professionally edited audio and video is discouraged, but will not be rejected. You may submit a URL to YouTube, Sound Cloud, Google Drive, OneDrive or other cloud services. If you would like to submit more than three recordings, you may submit them with your CV. If you are unable to provide representative recordings, please include your reasons in the email with your CV and Repertoire list. If you can't provide the recordings, please give an explanation.
Recording 1
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Recording 3
Housing Option *
Will you need housing? This will help us to decide how best to house our young artists. We refer students to the Nido student housing in West Hampstead London. It is a reasonable cost and good location. The cost per night is from £41 (Silver Ensuite) for a single bed room depending on your options. Nido does not do group bookings so students will need to register and pay for their housing themselves. You are however free to find housing wherever you like, and many students in past years have chosen to find an AirBnB or stay in local hostels which are very cheap. Summer reservations are not yet open but you should check back later. If you have trouble registering, they have a convenient chat service and are very helpful. Please contact us with your questions if you have any problems.
If you could have anything, what might be on your wish-list for this program. (Optional)
Use this space to tell us something that you think would be a wonderful addition to our summer program. Obviously we have world-renowned teachers and coaches, master classes, recitals and performances. But, we are looking for ideas like, 'I would love a round table discussion with the experts,' or something like this. Feel free to use this space as you like.
How did you hear about the academy? *
Please indicate here that you understand that all participants will be expected to behave as professional artist and will be treated as such. While in London you will be representing the London Bel Canto Festival and this is a privilege than can be revoked at any time during the festival. Please also acknowledge that you understand that you will not have a chaperone or a 'minder' during your time in London, and are expected to be autonomous and self-governing. *
Would you like personalised feedback on your application? *
While there is no fee for this application, there is a fee for personalised feedback. You are not required to get feedback, but should you wish to have it, please pay £35 to via PayPal to
Please also indicate that all the information you have provided is true to the best of your knowledge and have not knowingly provided false or misleading information. *
Please acknowledge that you are required to secure your own insurance, and that the LBCF is not responsible for accidents or injury while in London. *
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