Workshop Prosodia Italiana 2020-2021


Location to be confirmed.

Contact us to apply for this masterclass. 


  • Introductory lecture to Italian prosody and phonetics applied to belcanto singing.
  • Group sessions with applications to the opera repertoire.
  • Individual sessions (30 minutes).

The pianist Ubaldo Fabbri graduated in piano at the Conservatorio G. Rossini of Pesaro, under the guidance of Master Riccardo Risaliti, and he holds a degree in Humanistic Studies from the University of Urbino. 

For almost 20 years he collaborated at the Rossini Opera Festival and the Accademia Rossiniana of Pesaro, working alongside some of the greatest operatic interpreters. 

He has worked as pianist and coach for several productions, festivals and competitions, collaborating with singing stars (L. Pavarotti, L. Serra, W. Matteuzzi, E. Dundekova, W. Vernocchi) and famous directors (C. Abbado, A. Zedda, S. White, D. Renzetti).

Since 2000 he is regularly invited to hold masterclasses in Belcanto and Italian diction in some of the best conservatories and music schools of Europe, United States and Japan.

He teaches Piano accompaniment at the Conservatorio G. Rossini of Pesaro, where he lectures about various experimental courses at the master level, among which “Italian diction in singing: rules and applications”.

In 2004 he founded the Voci nel Montefeltro – Accademia Lirica di Fonetica e Dizione italiana per il Belcanto, where all the experiences he gained flew together in his artistic-pedagogical organization.

Every summer, together with the Montefeltro Festival, he is responsible for opera and concert projects with singers coming from universities and conservatories worldwide. In 17 years of activity the festival has hosted around 2,000 students from thirty nations and organized more than 600 events, including productions of various operas and concerts in 44 different towns of Italy.


Programme: Italian phonetics for Belcanto

First day

First Group session (2 hours)
-General principles of Italian phonetics applied to Belcanto: legato, assimilation, syntactic doubling, diphthongs.
-Room for questions.

Second Group session (1 hour)
– Basic principles of prosody in music (recitative, arias and ensembles).
– The different accents (prosody, musical), phrasing.
-Room for questions.

Third Group session (2 hours)
– Application of the principles of phonetics and prosody to a selection of opera scenes.

Second Day
– Individual sessions (30 minutes).

Practical information


Ghent, Place to be confirmed.

Repertoire and material:

Every singer can bring his/her own repertoire for the individual session, while a selection of scenes from the Italian opera repertoire will be selected for the group section.


  • Standard price: 120 €
  • Public subscribers price: 90 €
  • Musician subscribers price: 60 €