Its aims and purpose

The school is dedicated to the preservation of the great Italian vocal tradition, whose origins date back to the end of the 16th century. Referred to in the past, as La Scuola del Respiro e dell’Articolazione and subsequently abbreviated to a simple, La Scuola, its principles are as valid today, as they were more than 400 years ago. The celebrated singer, Gaspare Pacchierotti, one of the greatest masters of his craft, expressed it thus:'He who knows how to breathe and pronounce well, knows how to sing'.

Unfortunately, this observation is rarely quoted in its entirety. 'He who knows how to breathe, knows how to sing', removes one of the central pillars on which this vocal tradition is based. Namely, that 'singing tone is born at the point of speech'.


     Pacchierotti, Gaspare 1740-1821

The restoration of the principles that underpin this supreme form of vocal emission, is the reason for the school’s existence. To instil an understanding of the proper function of breath in the emission of vocal tone, coupled with spontaneous and clear enunciation, is its goal. Through this understanding, and the eventual fusion of the above elements, the student will discover the true nature of his, or her own voice, and use it accordingly; or indeed, as nature intended it.