With Baroque Summer Academy as guest in Siena

Elissa / Dido & Aeneas | © Fabian Helmich

Numerous master classes, a contemporary BaroqueLab, concerts and an opera production: The Baroque Summer Academy of the Department of Early Music of the Mozarteum University will take place for the third time in 2023 within the framework of the renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. A highlight in 2023 is the performance of the baroque opera "Dido & Aeneas" by H. Purcell with contemporary prologue and epilogue "Elissa" by Henry Fourès and Rector Elisabeth Gutjahr. "Elissa" was successfully premiered at the Mozarteum University in June 2023.

Baroque Summer Academy 
Palazzo Chigi Saracini
Via di Città 89
53100 Siena

"Dido & Aeneas" / "Elissa"
29 & 30.8.2023 at 21.15
Teatro dei Rinnovati, Piazza il Campo, 53100 Siena 



From August 26 to September 2, eight master classes for interested students from all over the world will be led by professors from the University Mozarteum Salzburg and opera singer Sara Mingardo: Baroque oboe by Alfredo Bernardini, harpsichord by Florian Birsak, transverse flute by Marcello Gatti, Baroque violin by Hiro Kurosaki, viola da gamba by Vittorio Ghielmi, Baroque cello by Marco Testori and composition by Simone Fontanelli. Last but not least, young composers will come into contact with the tonal, poetic and aesthetic world of early instruments. In addition, Vittorio Ghielmi will give a lecture on the importance of the rediscovery of "Il Suonar Parlante", a technique of Paganini, offering the opportunity for a new reflection on the ancient repertoire and modern creation.

In addition to classes, there will be concerts by students and faculty, a viol consort, orchestral projects, and other activities. A highlight in 2023 is the performance of the opera "Dido & Aeneas" by H. Purcell with prologue and epilogue "Elissa" by Henry Fourès and Elisabeth Gutjahr in collaboration with the Department of Opera & Music Theater and the Department of Scenography of the Mozarteum University, as well as a laboratory of contemporary music for ancient instruments under the direction of Simone Fontanelli and Vittorio Ghielmi.

Founded by Count Guido Chigi Saracini, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, rich in tradition, organized its first master classes for young musical talents as early as 1932. The collaboration with the Chigiana Foundation of Siena allows master classes in early music in a special atmosphere influenced by Baroque and Renaissance.