SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: GIOACCHINO LAURO LI VIGNI MASTER CLASS II
Internationally known tenor and teacher Gioacchino Lauro Li Vigni (Jack) is Spotlight on Opera's first guest in our new Professional Development Series, designed to enrich the singing and learning experience for singers from beginners to professionals! Jack joins us to offer private lessons and two master classes, open to all interested singers, teachers, and the public.
In a master class, singers present an aria and essentially have a public voice lesson. The master teacher usually zeroes in on one or two elements of technique to work on in this limited amount of time. Both performer and audience receive valuable insights into the workings of technique, performing, and teaching.
Tenor Gioacchino Lauro Li Vigni (Jack), a native of Brooklyn, was raised in Palermo, Italy. Son of the late dramatic tenor Salvatore Lauro Li Vigni, himself a protégé of Arturo Melocchi (teacher of Mario del Monaco and Franco Corelli, among others), Jack was both student and observer of his father's well-honed Italian technique. This allows him to approach voice types in different ways based on the desires and aesthetic preferences of the singers.
Jack also coached and studied with many legendary singers and teachers, such as Franco Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi, Arrigo Pola, Gianni Raimondi, and others. A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Jack made his Metropolitan Opera of New York debut in 2004 in Boris Godunov and was seen again at the Met in Lohengrin and Parsifal, and covered roles in Nabucco, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Samson et Dalila. He then proceeded to travel the world, singing leading roles on the stages of Portland, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, Beijing, Thessaloniki, Amsterdam, Marseille, Catania, Lake George, Michigan, Lyrique en Mer in France, Palermo, São Paulo, and Chicago.
As a teacher Jack has a keen ear for hearing vocal issues and explaining their impact. He not only explains why something is wrong but demonstrates in his singing the incorrect vocal set up and migrates slowly to the correct way, explaining the technical principles involved and giving the student immediate auditory examples along with technical instructions. He is at home teaching all voice types because of his exposure to pedagogy in action at home, at AVA, and ultimately on international stages. His ability to show why technique works sets him apart from many of today's instructors, because it helps students to hear their mistakes in someone else's voice, receive instruction on how to fix it and have the process demonstrated.
Jack is the author of the popular Tenor Talk blog, where he shares much of his knowledge with the public, and is the founder and director of Mediterranean Opera Studio, a summer training program for singers based in Palermo. He currently maintains voice studios in Philadelphia and New York and is increasingly in great demand to travel for regional teaching tours.
For more information about Jack visit www.jacklivigni.com.
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