Singing Linguistics Workshop

Watch this space for details on the 2021-2022 workshop. For more information about The University of Alabama Singing Linguistics Workshop, contact Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell at


  • Masterclass in Opera
  • Lyric Diction Lecture
  • Voice/Language Coaching

Previous Guest Lecturers

Henri Venanzi
Maestro Henri Venanzi

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.

Maestro Venanzi coached vocalists on French, Italian, and German repertoire of all genres. He is fluent in all three languages and known for his extraordinary linguistic 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!

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 Ch√Ętelet (Paris), among others.