CLO’s Greve Festival offers a nurturing environment for the singing artist
CLO’s Greve Festival offers a nurturing environment for the singing artist. There is a great sense of inclusion in this program. The artist feels like he or she is part of a company or troupe. As a Young Artist, I have attended many summer programs and I can say that this feeling of inclusion is unique to CLO Greve Festival. There are many opportunities for the artist to grow; role study, performing with an orchestra, master classes, Italian Language lessons, Recitative study, acting for singers and individual lessons. Young artists have access to a faculty, enabling the singer to refine their craft. Members of the faculty offer guidance, career advice, support, and the resources that the singer will incorporate into their everyday training. The faculty of professional singers also perform an opera during the festival. In addition to learning lead roles in their own opera, Young Artists share the stage with professionals as chorus members. This lends the artist a rare opportunity to observe how an opera is rehearsed and performed at a professional level. In this way the Greve Festival is unlike any other summer program I have attended. Amid the busy schedule of rehearsals, lessons and coachings, young artists are also given time to immerse themselves in the Italian Culture of the Tuscan region. Excursions to Florence, San Gimignano and other areas make for a full experience. The singer’s comfort is important to the organizers of the Festival and so the accommodations offered to the singers are very pleasant. The villas are spacious with air conditioning, full functioning kitchens, a living area, a number of bathrooms, weekly cleaning service, laundry facilities and in some cases an outdoor pool. The Festival provides an atmosphere for making long lasting connections with both faculty and other young artists, opening up new possibilities to the singer for career development. The Greve Festival will forever leave its mark as a program of distinction.