Master Classes
Francisco Casanova

Presented by VeraMusica, Ltd.



Francisco Casanova sings:

Giuseppe Verdi:

"Quale piu fido amico" (Romanza)

"La brise souffle" (Henri)
w/Nelly Miricioiu (Helene)
(Act V)


We announce a rare opportunity for budding young talents to learn from a true master, Meastro Francisco Casanova. A world-famous tenor, Francisco Casanova stands ready to share everything he has learned with the aspiring singers of tomorrow. We urge young artists now striving for the very highest standards not to miss this chance to learn from a great teacher and a humble student and a superb performer. Come to New York City this winter to study with Francisco Casanova: Learn what is most valuable in honing one's talent on the lyric stage.

January 2011 Singing Workshops - New York City

with Francisco Casanova


  • Thursday, January 13 through Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30 to 10:30 PM

The main objective of this workshop will focus on the following scenes:

  • Verdi Requiem
  • Verdi operatic scenes and arias

Come and learn to sing the masterwork by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, and how to build an interpretation based on a serious reading of the material offered in the score, through a healthful singing technique paired appropriately to the Verdian style of singing. Bring your operatic arias, scenes, or songs, and work them out with a singer who has enjoyed a successful international career for more than 20 years, in a safe environment
specifically designed to offer you an opportunity to grow as a crafts-person and as an artist. Places available in the workshop are limited. Auditions to participate in this workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 30th 2010, in New York City, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM; at 2067 Broadway, 4th Floor. Audition fee $ 20.00. A pianist will be provided. For more information, or to make an appointment for an audition, please write to Mr. Timothy di Fiore at, or call him at 1 (212) 307-1466. This workshop is a production of VeraMusica, Ltd.

Cost: To Be Announced

Location: New York City location to be announced

If you are interested in studying with Maestro Casanova, and to learn about cost and venue(s), please e-mail, including in your e-mail:

  • a short bio with their experience and
  • a singing sample in MP3 format

These Workshops are the perfect opportunity to set the basis for a more secure performance of material that you are preparing. Maestro Casanova will work with and help young singers in their technical, stylistic and interpretative approach to their repertory, while their peers listen and observe.

Francisco Casanova is well known the world over for his interpretations of Verdian roles, but also for such difficult and diverse roles as Eleazar in La Juive, Enzo Grimaldo in La Gioconda, Cavaradossi, and Poliuto. Praised for his secure vocal technique, his knowledge of the styles, and deeply moving musical interpretation, Francisco Casanova wishes now to pass on to the following generation the legacy of his teacher and mentor, Maestro Pier Miranda Ferraro.

Upcoming Classes:

Milan, Italy: dates to be announced.
[tentative] Santiago, Dominican Republic: dates to be announced

For more information or to register for the classes, please email or call VeraMusica, Ltd at (917) 769-6820.

Testimonials from Master Class Participants:

"My experience with Maestro Casanova has been truly eye-opening; it is rare to have the opportunity to listen to clear, concise instruction regarding vocal technique, and it's rarer still to see it demonstrated so effectively, much less in a group setting. I was also truly impressed with his encyclopedic knowledge of the roles and arias discussed, even for the female singers; he is able to immediately and effectively establish context for his instruction, and the results are remarkable, to say the least. Every singer left each class singing better than when they arrived, and each returning singer sang better after each subsequent class; to me, that is the practical definition of great teaching." Adam Peterson, tenor

"Being an accompanist of numerous studios for operatic singing, I have never witnessed the technical aspect of singing conveyed with such clarity, and precision. Maestro Francisco Casanova has the extremely rare gift of being able to detect specific problems for many different types of singers, and to, in a short period of time, achieve quality progress for each one of them. Singers with as many as 20 yrs of study under faulty teaching methods have one-by-one been greatly astonished at the results that they have received under his guidance. It is truly a once in a lifetime investment." Tristan Cano, pianist

".. He has led me to discover a voice that I did not know I had. He has brought the voice out so that the full voice is heard and used to penetrate a space… Before I (studied) with him, my voice had a very nervous repetition, or ‘vibrato’, and I could not be secure that the notes at the top of my range would sound nicely, or even sound at all. Now the nervous sound is gone and where I used to barely reach F and G above middle C, I am now vocalizing B naturals and Cs a full fourth higher. The Fs and Gs that used to cause struggle are now performed with ease and beauty. What’s more, the notes are there every time… We do not get lost in the emotion of singing; rather the emotion is brought forth as a result of the proper technique... That is to say that good technique yields desirable artistic interpretation. Maestro Casanova knows the craft [of singing]. He knows how to teach the craft. I count myself fortunate that he sees fit to reveal it to me." Daniel Byerly, tenor

Later dates and activities will be announced soon.

For information about the workshops as well as for private lessons with Francisco Casanova, write to or call (917) 769-6820

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