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Why Mascarade?

Ethos + Mission

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At Mascarade Opera Studio (MOS) we continually strive for excellence in our training provision and firmly believe that we have the expertise and pedagogical skills to actualise our studio artists’ world-class potential. Our location in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, symbolises a return to the birthplace of opera whose Renaissance humanism also lies at the heart of MOS.


To establish MOS as a world-class institution for opera training.

To prepare young and exceptionally talented opera singers and répétiteurs for major careers in opera.

To provide a platform, integrated into the New Generation Festival network, for emerging world-class talent to display their skills and to enter the music profession at the highest possible level.

To establish MOS as a centre for excellence in performance science and to attract leading professionals and academics to support the development of our studio artists.

To develop and foster close international relationships and collaborations with leading opera houses, music festivals, higher music education institutions and post-conservatoire young artist training programmes throughout Europe and beyond.

To weave MOS firmly into the cultural fabric of Florence and its regions by providing first class, high quality musical entertainment and to increase accessibility and inclusion via its enrichment programme.

See the Mascarade Team

Our team consists of internationally renowned singers, vocal coaches, vocal consultants, conductors, stage directors and industry representatives.

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Campus + Facilities

Mascarade Opera Studio is set in the heart of Florence. Facilities include state-of-the-art, fully equipped rehearsal and ensemble rooms, as well as an impressive recital hall. More details to follow soon, so watch this space!

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With a compact city centre, Florence is easy to travel around on foot, and is well connected to other cities in Tuscany, Italy and further afield by rail.


Finding somewhere to live in a new city or country can be difficult, and while we don’t have campus accommodation, we offer support in finding accommodation for our Studio artists.

In particular, if there are any additional requirements you need of your accommodation – for example, an accessible or family-friendly apartment – that would impact on your decision to apply to audition, please get in touch to discuss how we can be support you on 

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Our Partners

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New Generation Festival

Co-founded by Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham in 2017, The New Generation Festival and Partners now produce over 150 performances a year in Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. The cornerstone of its activities remains the annual New Generation Festival in Florence which provides a platform for young music talent from every corner of the globe to shine in the unique Italian setting of the magnificent Gardens of the Corsini Palazzo al Prato. With its aim to inspire a new generation of audiences, the festival offers a diverse music programme with captivating orchestral performances, intimate live shows and spectacular opera alongside an array of non-classical performances. Featuring up-and-coming bands, international DJs and jazz nights taking place in unique venues across the expansive gardens, the New Generation Festival cofounders have collaborated with a young, diverse team to create a truly unique cultural event.

‘Opera lies at the heart of the New Generation Festival in Florence, featuring a dynamic young creative team who are redefining the experience of music for their peers while having a whole load of fun at the same time’ (Opera Now, June 2018)

New Generation Festival Summer School

Alongside the festival programme, NGF in partnership with Mascarade Opera Studio hosts a summer school for a group of talented singers from conservatoires across Europe to spend time in Florence studying with leading professional teachers and coaches. As well as daily in-depth individual coaching sessions, voice lessons, performance classes, performance psychology workshops, a public masterclass and a lunchtime concert, the Summer School participants enjoy the unique experience of being part of the chorus of the NGF main stage productions. The 2019 festival takes place between 28th – 31st August 2019; more information and ticket details can be found on their website:

Villa Medici Giulini

The Villa Medici Giulini is one of Italy’s finest venues for the appreciation of world class music. Curated by Fernanda Giulini, an honorary director of Mascarade Opera Studio, an unmatched collection of historic instruments resides at the villa. Recently the architecturally stunning ‘Teatrino’ was constructed to host concerts and recitals. The villa often plays host to masterclasses, retreats and superb recitals. MOS is delighted to be taking residencies at the villa. We are extremely grateful to Fernanda Giulini and her team for their support.

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