We return to Sicily in 2023 for the most exciting season yet!!

Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival is The Premiere Summer Opera Program for opera singers, young orchestra musicians, aspiring conductors and directors.  Staff from the major opera houses of the world (Covent Garden, Metropolitan, Vienna Staatsoper, Frankfurt Oper, Glyndebourne, etc.)

Intensive study, single room with bathroom, meals, tourism, laundry service – all included. Offering the best in vocal training, with voice lessons, coachings, extensive orchestra time, and fully staged opera productions, and both symphonic and opera concerts.   Learn More!

What is MOSF?

What is MOSF?

MOSF 2023, will consist of 6 weeks of intensive opera training (June 25 – August 7).  We will provide a positive training environment for Opera Singers, Auditors of singing technique, Orchestra Musicians, Assistant Conductors, Stage Managers, and Assistant Directors. Learn how things are done in the professional world of opera.

MOSF is a rigorous and challenging program meant to immerse an artist into the world of opera, by bringing the artist into contact with the highest level professionals for an intense and transformative 6-week experience.

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What if I can’t attend the whole season?

No Problem!

If you can’t attend the whole season we can work with you to find a schedule that will fit for you. You will still receive coachings, lessons, and time with orchestra, along with being able to attend all other program events. If you are unable to attend the entire season you will not be able to perform principle/comprimario roles in any of our productions.


Learn more about partial seasons here…

Is MOSF for Instrumentalists?


The Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival Orchestra is a unique training opportunity for a select group of talented and dedicated instrumentalists from around the world.

An invaluable chance to learn the particular challenges and rigors of playing in the opera pit, instrumentalists are led by a core group of professional opera musicians, and work directly with conductors from the world’s leading opera houses in collaborating with singers. Masterclasses, chamber, and solo performance opportunities enrich your experience.

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I’m interested in conducting

MOSF is for YOU!

Assistant conductors work closely with conductors from the world’s leading opera houses in preparing our singers and orchestra for the Festival’s performances.  They conduct during staging rehearsals, learn the art of prompting singers during opera performances, and receive dedicated instruction from our conductors, coaches, and vocal faculty.  Qualified assistant conductors have the opportunity to conduct selections in public concerts and also operatic performances in our season.

Apply to the conducting program here…

Our Faculty

Nelly Miricioiu – Vocal Instructor

Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and the verismo to modern italian opera Respighi and Zandonai, taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine “this extroadinary diva can sing […]

Salvatore Fisichella – Vocal Instructor

Internationally acclaimed tenor, Salvatore Fisichella.  Salvatore Fisichella (born May 15, 1943 in Catania, Siciliy) is an Italian operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in bel canto operas, especially those of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini. He has been recognized for the ease and vocal brilliance of his singing, and for having sung more of the […]

Jack Li Vigni – General Director and Chief Vocal Instructor

Jack studied with his father, Salvatore Lauro Li Vigni, himself a celebrated tenor, and coached and studied with many legendary singers and teachers, the most influential being Franco Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi, Arrigo Pola, Gianni Raimondi, and most recently with the outstanding Salvatore Fisichella. Tenor Gioacchino (Jack) Lauro Li Vigni is an internationally widely sought out vocal instructor. […]

Musical Director – Mo. Felice Venanzoni

Since 1999, Felice Venanzoni is Maestro (Korrepetitor) for Oper Frankfurt (Germany), and since 2002 also covers the role of Studienleiter (director of musical studies) there. Felice is from Macerata, Italy. He graduated in piano with the highest honors under the guidance of Lorenzo Bavaj at the Conservatory of Pesaro. He expanded his musical training with […]

David Gowland – Vocal Coach and Masterclass Instructor

David Gowland : Artistic Director, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (Royal Opera House at Covent Garden) David Gowland studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes for piano accompaniment, and at the National Opera Studio. He joined the Glyndebourne music staff in 1987, won the 1988 Jani Strasser Award, and worked […]

Leonardo Catalanotto – Musical Director and Chief Conductor

Leonardo Catalanotto was born in Caracas on 1966. His work in Opera began in 1993 as Substitute Maestro and Assistant Conductor at the Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” of Catania. He has since been invited many times to the theaters such as the “Massimo” of Palermo, “Rossini Opera Festival” of Pesaro and by theaters in Düsseldorf, […]

Lyne Fortin – Voice Instructor

Lyne Fortin stands out with her impeccable vocal and stage technique and virtuosity, which allow her to multiply acrobatics with disconcerting ease. She is also known for the accuracy of her interpretations; very refined when she interprets Mozart’s elegant music, she displays all her vocal power and moves deeply in Verdi and Puccini. One of […]

Isaac Hurtado – Voice Faculty

Isaac Hurtado has drawn critical acclaim for performances of over 30 leading tenor roles across the United States. Since making his leading role debut in 2004 with Festival Opera (CA) in the title role of Roméo et Juliette, his portrayals of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Don José in Carmen, Alfredo in […]

Maestro James Pearson

A native of Minneapolis, James Pearson attended Columbia University in New York City from 1967 to 1971, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1971 to 1974 he continued his studies in London, at the Royal College of Music and the London Opera Centre. Since 1974 he has worked as repetiteur in several opera […]

Gary Coward – Voice Instructor

Coward studied singing at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Then followed a career in singing which was continuous for nearly forty years. This involved a wide range of genres including principal rôles such as Guglielmo, Almaviva, Malatesta, Belcore, Enrico, Danilo, Dr Falke, Germont Père, di Luna, Don […]