La Traviata

Conducting Workshop

28 - 29 November 2020, Maastricht

We live in a historical moment where it is very difficult to bring together a large group of people required to form an orchestra. How can a young orchestra conductor invest his time today and continue his training and experience in the field? Let's focus on the conductor-singer relationship, on the first fundamental rehearsal of a conductor in an opera production. We deepen the knowledge, the practice and the ideal balance to be achieved, working without orchestra, but with high-level singers and a specialised pianist, in order to create a professional environment suitable for the maximum understanding and development of the young opera conductor.

The workshop aims at an in-depth analysis of the opera La Traviata and is addressed to conductors who want to master and refine the main aspects of preparation and performing the opera, particularly focusing on the relation conductor-singers.

Therefore a minimum of two career professional singers will be guaranteed.

All under the professional counselling by Federico Santi, internationally renowned opera conductor.

Soprano Barbara Haveman (Teatro La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris..)

Tenor Eric Reddet

Baritone Aran Matsuda

Pianist Abigail Richards

A maximum of 6 conductors will be admitted to the program. There is no admission examination, the teacher will decide who to admit to the course after having supervised the various curricula.

Minimum individual lesson time: 120 minutes

Plan and lesson time

Saturday 28 November

10.00-10.15 introductory session

10.15-13.30 with piano

15.00-18.15 with singers and piano

18.15-19.00 question time with the teacher

Sunday 29 November

10.15-13.30 with singers and piano

15.00-18.15 with singers and piano

18.15-19.00 question time with the teacher

The course will be held in HOEVE DE CROON Rijksweg 10, 6227 SV Maastricht, a historic farm built in 1738.

The language of the course is English, secondary Dutch, French and Italian.


The application will be done sending an e-mail to:

The following documents must be attached:

– copy of a valid ID document

– updated CV

– fully filled application form

– proof of the payment of the application fee Bank: SNS Bank Name: Haveman/Santi Iban: NL56 SNSB 0958 1078 23

Please be aware that the applications will be processed in order of arrival and that the applications will be closed when all the places available have been assigned. The final deadline to apply is November the 15th 2020.

Payment details

Course fees

Application fee: € 50

Course fee, active students: € 100

Course fee, passive students: € - (application fee only)

Final provisions

The courses will be activated with a minimum number of students.

The application fee has to be transferred as soon as the student receives an email notification that he has been chosen as an effective student.

The application fee will not be returned, except the cancellation of the course or the established impossibility of a single student to reach the workshop due to a lockdown; in that case the students will be promptly advised and fully refunded.

The course fee has to be transferred within and no further than November 22nd.

Important info for the anti-covid rules

Given the possibility of a limited number of people in the room, the entrance is reserved ONLY for people who have sent the documents and the application fee and received the confirmation.

Entrance to the public will not be allowed.

Sanitation of the seats and the bathroom before and after the lessons.

Wear the mask until you reach your seat, once seated it can be removed.