Vocal Masterclass


Dimitri Kavrakos: Vocal Masterclass

22/07/17 - 29/07/17

Dimitri Kavrakos: Vocal Masterclass


The Non-Profit Foundation Angelinis – Hadjinikou proudly announces that Metropolitan Opera bass Dimitri Kavrakos will be returning to the magical seaside village of Horto in South Pelion, Greece to give a vocal masterclass at the 33rd Summer Festival.


The masterclass will focus on breath as the basis οf singing, and on the technique of bel canto, for which Maestro Kavrakos has been praised throughout his career. The masterclass is open to singers of all voice types, levels and ages, as well as to auditors. The selected singers will work with Mo. Kavrakos on arias, mainly from the Italian repertoire. Through daily breathing exercises, coachings, advice on sound production and diction, participants will have a rare opportunity to work with one of the world’s most renowned operatic basses with immense knowledge and experience in the technical aspects of singing, musical interpretation and stage presence.



Each singer may present up to two (2) arias from operas by Mozart (in Italian or German) or/and of the Italian operatic repertoire (bel canto & verismo). At least one (1) aria must have a recitative. If you wish to present an aria in a different language (English, French, Russian etc.), please include it in your submission form.



  • Arrival Date: Friday, July 21st. A meeting with Mo. Kavrakos will be held at 7:00pm.*
  • Departure Date: Saturday, July 29th.**
  • Morning lessons will take place 10:40am – 2:00pm and evening lessons 6:00pm – 9:20pm.***
  • Each singer will have four (4) 40-minute open lessons with Mo. Kavrakos.
  • The week will include:
  • Open masterclasses to all participants.
  • Private warmups and breathing exercises in the morning, including auditors.
  • Talks by Mo. Kavrakos on the technique of breathing, bel canto, and the importance of recitative.
  • Free admission to concerts during the week of the masterclass.
  • A concert with the participants on Friday, July 28th at 9pm.
  • The masterclass will be in Greek and for international participants in English.
  • Pianist Ioanna Ismyridi will accompany all participants, but singers may come with their own pianist if they wish.


* The masterclass will take place at George Hadjinikos Hall.

** Participants are welcome to arrive earlier and stay longer. Click here for information regarding the Festival’s full program.

*** When evening concerts take place at George Hadjinikos Hall, all classes end at 8pm.


Application Form

  • Information regarding the video recording, which MUST be included in your application form:
  • Upload a recent video recording of one (1) Italian, French or German aria from the operatic repertoire on YouTube (the video should not be listed as ‘private’).
  • Insert the YouTube link in your application form.
  • The singer must be visible at least from the waist up.
  • Do not send any material via email or regular mail. Such applications will be considered incomplete.
  • Auditors will receive one (1) email and performers will receive two (2):
  • Upon successful submission of the application.
  • After the deadline, when all applications will have been carefully reviewed.
  • Deadline for performers: Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • Deadline for auditors: Monday, July 10, 2017.
  • Click here to fill out the application form.


Application & Tuition Fees

  • There are no application fees.
  • Tuition fees for performers are 380€ ($410 US, variable exchange rate) and for auditors 140€ ($151 US, variable exchange rate).
  • Performers: In order to secure your spot, the fee must be deposited within five (5) business days upon receiving your acceptance email.
  • Auditors: Upon receiving the confirmation email, the fee must be deposited within seven (7) business days.
  • Tuition fees can be deposited by choosing one of the following options:
    • Direct Deposit:

Bank Name: National Bank of Greece

Account #: 201/003986-17

Account Name: Promote International Arts IKE

IBAN: GR29 01102010000020100398617


  • Paypal: at info@horto.net
  • In the case of direct deposit, the name on the receipt must match the name on your application form. As a memo, include “Kavrakos masterclass 2017”.
  • Tuition fees are non-refundable.


Travel / Accommodation / Meals

Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

For participants traveling from abroad, you have the option of flying to Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos), Thessaloniki (Macedonia International) or Volos (Nea Anchialos). Then, you can take the train (OSE) or coach (KTEL) to Volos. From Volos you must take the coach (KTEL) to Milina or Trikeri, both of which stop at Horto.

For your accommodation you have the option of renting individual rooms or hotel rooms, which are near George Hadjinikos Hall (everything in Horto is within walking distance). If you wish, you may share a 2, 3 or 4 bed apartment with other participants of the masterclass. You will find more information here.

There are 2 mini-markets in Horto where you can purchase your daily goods. Most rooms for rent have a kitchenette. There are also restaurants along the beach.



For additional information, contact us at:

Email: info@horto.net

Cell Phone: +30 (693) 686-4831


Dimitri Kavrakos

Dimitri Kavrakos is regarded as one of the most important opera singers of his generation. His debut took place at the Greek National Opera at age 21, where he sang the role of Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco. Following that, he appeared in Verdi’s Requiem in Spoleto, and in 1976 in Refice’s Cecilia at Avery Fisher Hall (today’s David Geffen Hall) in New York, which marked his US debut. His Metropolitan Opera debut took place in 1979, where he continued to sing every season (with an exception of only but a few) for more than 30 years. During his long career he has sung major roles in a plethora of operas: Norma, La Sonnambula, Pelléas et Mélisande, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor, Roméo et Juliette, Boris Godunov, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Turandot, Samson et Dalila, Eugene Onegin, Aida, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Tristan und Isolde and many others, in the greatest lyric theaters of the world. Among them, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, operas of San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Paris, Florence, Venice, Rome, Madrid, Seville, Montreal, Cologne, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. He has participated in some of the greatest European Festivals, such as the Salzburg, Bregenz, Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne. Some of the orchestras he has collaborated with as a concert artist are the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota, Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Montreal and Paris, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Giuseppe Patanè, Sir Georg Solti and Riccardo Muti. He regularly appeared at the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Athens Festival, and has worked with all the major orchestras in Greece. He also served as casting director at the Greek National Opera for three years.


Mr. Kavrakos resides in New York, where he has started a new chapter in his long musical life, that of teaching. Through voice lessons and coachings at the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, public masterclasses and private lessons, he passes on to younger generations his knowledge and experience of more than 50 years of professional singing.