The 2017 edition of the "Gaetano Zinetti" International Music Prize will place from 14th to 24th September 2017 at the Teatro Gaetano Zinetti, Sanguinetto (Verona).

In addition to its two traditional categories, soloists and ensemble, since 2016 the competition has introduced a new opera singing category presided over by the greatest soprano Katia Ricciarelli.



Discanto European Orchestra Auditions / 2017, July

Music, Europe and next generations:
an educational path of international approach highly professional

The project is addressed to young European musicians, as:
Instrumentalists from 18 to 32 years old when registering;
Opera singers without age limits.

Non-EU nationals can participate to the activities if they study or inhabit in EU countries.

FREE PROGRAMME (max 15 minutes)

Scholarship worth €400, in addition to travel expences, room and board

For further informations click here

Gianni Fontana, ex Minister of Agriculture, as new President of Discanto Academy

On 17th March 2017, during the annual meeting of Discanto Academy, has been elected the new Governing Board. It will be guided by the new President Gianni Fontana, ex Minister of Agriculture. Other members are: Eleonora Da Ronco (vice chairman), Giampaolo Avesani, Chiara Baldi, Agostino Dareggi, Pietro Perini, Michele Scrinzi and Gustavo Orlando Zon.

Architectural Workshop

The Architectural Workshop held on 23rd March 2017 in Ferrara. The speakers addressed important and current issues, such as fundings according to European Union and how to enhance historical and artistic heritage. Furthermore, they explained why and how to plan the employment of historic landmarks.

Opening year 2017

The first activities of the year begun officially with the book launch “Le verdure dimenticate”. The author Morello Pecchioli presented his last work about unusual vegetables and some recipes. After the presentation the guests have tasted a menu with some of the vegetables described in the book.

Villa Vecelli Cavriani in love <3

During Valentine's week Discanto Foundation organized, in collaboration with Cuore Chievo, a lot of events in support of UILDM Verona Onlus. The main purpose was to raise funds for a new minibus, so people suffering from muscular dystrophy is able to move more easily. On this occasion, culture and sport have joined for charity and thanks to everyone's efforts the objective has been achieved.

Auditions for the Discanto European Orchestra

Auditions are open to instrumentalists and opera singers. The project is addressed to European instrumentalists, young musicians from 18 to 32 years old when registering, opera singers without age limits. The participants that achieve a score over 95/100 will be selected for the Orchestra and will proceed with international guidance, internship and final concerts. For further information, visit the section on this website.

Book launch “Le donne e il dolore”

On 19th December Eleonora Giovannini presented her new book about women and suffering. The author writes about true stories, some of them unreleased, where you can read about feminicide, stalking, child abuse and incest.  The whole point of the event was to increase awareness about this topic and give voice to the victims.


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