VOCAL LINEAGE

  1. VIRGINIA ZEANI  - The Course is based in the Italian Bel Canto tradition taught to me by the legendary soprano and world renowned singing teacher Maesta Virginia Zeani, who is still teaching at the age of 91! Further details and past recordings of Virginia Zeani can easily be found online.

  2. HEIDI KLASSEN - For over 35 years, I have worked with Virginia Zeani (I am still sending my best students to her), sustained an international opera career, and out of a passion to pass on the knowledge and provide opportunity, have taught and mentored hundreds of singers through professional development courses, concerts, Master Classes, and principal roles, producing and stage directing 20 years of opera productions.  

Recordings and Tribute

YOU TUBE - Verdi’s Requiem “Libera Me."

Student Testimonials. 

Of my live recorded singing of the Verdi Requiem at the Rudolfinum in Prague (YouTube - “Libera Me”), Virginia Zeani exclaimed, "Impeccable!"

With immense gratitude to Maestra Zeani,  I wish to pass on as voice teacher what has been said of my sound:  "One could wait a long time, perhaps a lifetime, to hear expressive singing of that of Heidi Klassen.” (press review)

Tenor Jeff Fang  (current student of Heidi Klassen)

Before I came to Heidi I was a baritone and after three lessons she turned me into a tenor. Together we discovered many unexpected potentials in my voice and I never before felt this level of confidence in my vocal technique. Her teaching is so precious and specific I never had one lesson where I felt confused about the things she taught me. Heidi is a true Bel Canto Master and a top world class teacher.”                           

Lyric Soprano Camilla Shi  (current student of Heidi Klassen):

Heidi is an inspiration. Her lessons always energize me and encourage me to strive for more discoveries in all aspects of my performance. Under her guidance and meticulous care, I have discovered my true voice as an artist.”

Lyric Mezzo Melissa Howell  (past student of Heidi Klassen):                    

“Heidi Klassen is a consummate professional in her field, and a gifted artist. Her knowledge of languages, repertoire, character, and technique are immense, and I have benefited enormously from my studies particularly in the areas of breath management, clarity and characterization. Thank you Heidi!”