Classic Lyric Arts

Classic Lyric Arts (CLA) offers international summer training workshops for the emerging generation of opera singers. Our programs specialize in French and Italian classical repertoire, focusing on the interconnection of language, diction, technique and expression.

CLA Italy/La Lingua della Lirica (the Language of Opera) was established in 2009 to pass along the art of Italian bel canto through an exploration of the relationship between lyric singing and the musicality of the Italian language. At CLA France/L’Art du Chant Français (The Art of French Singing), established in 2012, the art of French opera and song is explored through the prism of French culture and poetry.

Classic Lyric Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is committed to positively impacting the next generation of young singers possessing the qualities needed for this exacting, demanding and exciting career. Immersion into the rich cultural, linguistic and musical heritage of France and Italy allows our young artists to comprehend the heart of this extraordinary art form, to achieve their potential, and to keep opera alive and thriving for generations to come.

We invite you to experience our programs in action through this short video.

Additional videos can be seen on “Our Programs” page.

CLA’s two programs share a unique approach to studying classical singing through an authentic journey into the heart of French and Italian opera. In addition, our teachers are undisputed Masters who offer incomparable insight into this art form as living links to the great composers and opera’s glorious traditions.

Vocal artistry is complemented by lessons in language, diction and stage movement, culminating in numerous performances in a variety of historic theaters and venues throughout the local region. Within this fully supportive environment, our students gain an essential understanding of the masterworks and the legacy of the great singers and composers of the past, something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Along the way they discover who they are and who they will become as artists.