Singing Linguistics Workshop

CHECK BACK IN THE FALL OF 2020 for information about the 2020/2021 installment of the Singing Linguistics Workshop at the University of Alabama, either live or virtual.  We hope you can join us!


Maestro Henri Venanzi (of Cincinnati Opera & Arizona Opera) was in residence at the School of Music October 28-30,2019 for the first Lyric Diction Workshop at the University of Alabama.

Lyric Diction Workshop Schedule – Open to Everyone:

Monday 4pm – Masterclass in Opera – Bryant Jordan Hall                     

Wednesday 10-11amDiction & Donuts Lecture “How can I sound more authentic singing French, German or Italian?” – Moody 181

Voice/Language Coaching – Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday 11-4

Contact: Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell, Director  adavishazell@ua.edu

Maestro Venanzi is coming to coach vocalists on French, Italian and German repertoire of all genres. He is fluent in all three languages, and known for his extraordinary linguistical and performance practice insights when preparing singers and choruses. He is an excellent future recommendation letter writer for Young Artist Programs or other auditions/competitions for which students may be preparing. He is a good ally to young singers looking to start the career!

Guest Artist Bio: Henri Venanzi has been Chorus Master for Cincinnati Opera since 1974 and Chorus Master at Arizona Opera since 2010. Venanzi coaches the young artists of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio and is also currently Music Director of the Cincinnati American Arts Program. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Maestro Venanzi has toured with and accompanied Metropolitan Opera stars Martina Arroyo, Jerry Hadley, Mignon Dunn, Kathleen Battle, Italo Tajo and Sandra Radvanovsky in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Tonight Show and The Châtelet (Paris), among others.