Do you have a beautiful voice for lyrical opera? Or play a string instrument? Then YouTube and the Puccini Festival Foundation want you. A new online talent show, That's Opera Talent, has been launched on the video-sharing platform YouTube.
The show is jointly promoted by Ricordi & C, YouTube and Puccini Festival Foundation. With the goal of engaging Italian youth in lyrical opera, the Italian youth ministry is sponsoring the show, and young musical talents are encouraged to participate.
Aspiring contestants should log onto the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/thatsoperatalent. Participants will be asked to send a clip of themselves singing or playing a piece from Giacomo Puccini's Madam Butterfly.
At the end of the contest, the top 10 contestants (one soprano, one tenor, four violinists, two viola players, one cello player and one contrabass player) will be given the chance to perform for four nights at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Pisa, this July and August.
The overall winner will be awarded a special prize: the opportunity to take part in a summer master class for young singers and musicians at the prestigious Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Villa Simonetta in Milan.