Aprile Millo in Vienna: Mastering the Voice

An exclusive 3-day masterclass for opera singing

When: 5 - 7 May 2024

Where: Ehrbar Hall, Vienna

About the masterclass

Experience three intensive days in the masterclass with the world-famous soprano Aprile Millo. This masterclass offers a unique opportunity for aspiring opera singers to hone their vocal and interpretative skills.

Programme Highlights:

  • Individual Trainings: Each selected participant receives personalised coaching every day.
  • Masterclass: Active participants have the opportunity to perform in public masterclasses.
  • Professional Video Recordings: Each active participant will receive professional video recordings of their performance at the masterclass.
  • Galoyan Art Agency: In addition, every active participant has the unique opportunity to register with the renowned Galoyan Art Agency. Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen über die Agentur und ihre Dienstleistungen.
  • Final concert: A Gala Concert in the Ehrbar Hall.

Selection procedure and application

Application deadline: The application deadline is 30 April 2024 at 00:00. Please submit your application in time.

First Phase - Preselection: Application for the pre-selection is free of charge. Applicants are requested to submit their application documents and recordings.

Second Phase - Final Selection: Aprile Millo will personally select 15 participants from the submissions for active participation. The selected artists will receive an invitation to participate and an invoice for the participation fee of €750, which must be paid within 7 working days.

Passive Participation Applicants who have not been selected for active participation can register for the masterclass as passive participants, and anyone who would like to participate passively can submit a request. In this way, you can participate in the masterclass from 5 to 8 May as a listener. The participation fee is €50.

Active Participation  Passive Participation

About Aprile Millo

Aprile Millo Portrait

Aprile Millo

“The beauty of the sound is paramount, and the phrasing is unfailingly gracious and elegant, but there is no lack of expression and communication with the audience. It's no surprise that her fans revere her as the upholder of vocal traditions and a successor to former bel canto heavyweights such as vocal heavyweights such as Renata Tebaldi and Rosa Ponselle.” Review of her 2018 London Recital Debut Opera Today Claire Seymour

The beloved soprano has for over thirty years been a beacon of style, authentic Verdi sound and idiomatic phrasing; the genuine article lirico-spinto soprano del agilita'. Her voice, “ruby rich and velvet” has been compared with some of the greatest voices who have ever lived, legendary sopranos, Renata Tebaldi, Zinka Milanov, with whom she studied, who became her great friend and mentors, Rosa Ponselle and Claudia Muzio, Magda Olivero and her great champion, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf who took her to Von Karajan and from that came a debut at La Scala.

Millo made a Cinderella-like debut in December, 1984 in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra 1984 causing literally a sensation. “Birth of a New Verdi Star!” proclaimed the New York Times. In performances of a startling variety - from a prodigy to a prodigious artist capable of stunning versatility and golden age vocal glamour, Millo literally grew up in front of the world public in unforgettable nights of music and excitement. Millo has sung over 180 performances in her artistic home at the Metropolitan Opera. Millo would go on to acclaimed appearances in Vienna, Rome,Bologna, Verona, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Munich, Buenos Aires, Japan and Seville among the many world theaters where she is a popular favorite. Winner of by unanimous decision, The Voce Verdiane, The Francisco Vinas, The Maria Callas Foundation Award, and the Richard Tucker Award, NIAF Renata Tebaldi Award, The Claudia Muzio Award in Brazil and then in 2018 she entered into rarified territory when she was awarded the Verdi D’Oro in Italy, one of only 14 people to receive this prestigious award including, Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi, Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli and the Chorus of La Scala to only name a few legendary singers.

Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo have been long time partners on stage unforgettable in the televised PBS Live From Lincoln Center: Great Performers Series for Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with Pavarotti and Levine and the Emmy Winning Aida with Levine and Domingo. Miss Millo added to her repertoire with an acclaimed debut in the atmospheric Puccini masterpiece "Il Tabarro" with Maestro Donato Renzetti and a distinguished cast at the Historic Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in 2014.

She was the voice of Elizabeth Taylor for Franco Zeffirelli’s “Young Toscanini”. They went on to become fast friends and she sang at Elizabeth’s wedding at Michael Jackson’s Never Never Land in front of a glittering group of world and political stars, that included Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Merv Griffin and Zsa Zsa Gabor among hundreds of celebrities.

A legendary Verdi series for SONY Classical and The Metropolitan Opera with James Levine followed her best selling debut album with EMI with famed Italian maestro, Giuseppe Patane and the London Philarmonic. AIDA, DON CARLO, IL TROVATORE and LUISA MILLER with SONY.

Keenly aware of passing on the traditions to a new generation and sharing her voice and love for the divine world of opera Madame Millo gives Master Classes all over the world. This year she adds Spain and England to her master class schedule along with this rare opportunity in Vienna, Austria. She has a spring/summer academy in Italy and returns this year for her Operavision D’Oro program Città della Pieve-Florence-Busseto

Millo is a rare throwback to another age of singing. A voice of quality and extension, able to do Bel Canto, Verdi, as well as the demanding rigors of the Puccini and Verismo school.

Masterclass Gala Concert: Aprile's Protégés in Vienna

Date: 8. Mai 2024, 19:00 Uhr
Location: Ehrbar Saal, Mühlgasse 28-30, 1040 Wien

The Gala Concert is the crowning finale of the masterclass, where the participants have the opportunity to present the pieces they have worked on and the skills they have perfected.

Professional Video Recordings: Each active participant will receive professional video recordings of their performance at the gala concert.


Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information:

E-mail: office@beethoven.institute

Tel.: +43 1 367 37 17

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