“ITALIAN DYNAMIC DICTION” (I.D.D.) online coaching also available

Method by Cristina Barzi
I.D.D. (ITALIAN DINAMIC DICTION), an original and enjoyable method based on the use of movement, memory and sounds for a more creative learning experience of Italian diction.
This method also includes the Body-Alphabetical “Solfeggio” that facilitates the learning of Italian pronunciation, connecting syllables and words to specific movements to learn how to pronounce in Italian while moving, talking, singin, playing.

This approach provides the tools to give more strength and value to the pronunciation of words, enriching it with more nuance, tone, volume, rythym, agility. Practicing a series of exercises, the memory of the body helps to connect vocal phrasing with movement, and the Italian words will no longer be difficult to pronounce.



Workshop program:
• Italian diction, (basic rules)

• Italian pronunciation, (exercises and group games)

• Body & Alphabetical “Solfeggio”,
(movement, spelling and pronunciation)

• Movement improvisation with music,
(group and individual work)

….and more!


Kenneth Tarver – Tenor

Katharina Rosenberger – Composer and professor of Composition at the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego.




Kenneth Tarver – tenor

Kenneth Tarver

I was fortunate to have found Cristina Barzi in August 2014 when I urgently needed reliable, precise and informed preparation of an extensive text from an Italian libretto for a major and rare baroque opera role. I needed to learn it quickly and solidly within 1 week.          
My wish was to have help in phonetic accuracy, dramaturgical insight, a translation of the Italian text and an overview of the entire opera, scene by scene. These details were not provided by the promoter but Christina found the resources and prepared me with all of the tools that I needed.                                                                                      
I was completely surprised, relieved and grateful.
Since Cristina is a singing musician and an actor, she understands the musical, rhythmic, dramatic and poetic flow of Italian. She researched and found archived materials, including a very useful libretto, which I never would have found and because of this my overview of the material became well informed.
Cristina’s experience in theatre, her comprehension of the melody of the Italian language, and the use of her voice clearly demonstrated her mastery with accuracy. I have worked with language coaches who were responsible for the linguistic accuracy for recording sessions for prestigious recording companies and I found Cristina to have a comparably high level of comprehension, enthusiasm and excitement for the work, as well as the artistic standards needed for professional preparation. Our skype sessions were well organized, the time was used very efficiently and at the end of each session my proficiency was solidly secured.   Email and document transfers were fundamental to our work.
         I highly recommend Cristina as a reliable, professional and knowledgable        Italian language coach!
Thank you Cristina!!

KATHARINA ROSENBERGER – COMPOSER and Associate Professor in Composition at the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego.  

Foto Katharina Rosenberger

During 2012/2013 I have been working on an extensive vocal performance project that included Renaissance madrigals, my own compositions and spoken text based upon Francesco Petrarca’s wonderful writings.

My vocalists have been native German speakers. The performance was quite challenging, as we have performed in a variety of architectural settings, some with up to 6sec reverberation. A clear, well articulated diction was hence extremely important.

 I was very happy to have had the chance to work with Cristina Barzi on this project. Not only is she an incredible teacher, she is a vocalist herself and extremely knowledgeable of the Italian literature.

 My lead performer, vocalist Leslie Leon, had several solo pieces, which she did not only deliver by heart, she also had to move during singing and speaking, sometimes with minimal lighting. Hence a lot could have distracted her from clearly pronouncing the Italian language.

However, Leslie did an incredible job, thanks to Cristina Barzi. Her couching was extremely solid and inspiring. And from meeting to meeting Leslie improved noticeably.

We did get compliments from Italian audience members, who where specifically impressed how Petrarca’s exquisite texts were performed.

It was a real pleasure to work with Cristina Barzi and I hope there will be more opportunities in the future.

Thank you, Cristina!!!





 Leslie Leon


Cristina Barzi was my Italian diction trainer for „Madrigali Notturni“, a musical theatre by Swiss composer Katharina Rosenberger, first performend in 2013. My part was including huge monologues in Italian. Though I am able to speak Italian, I needed a native speaking person to teach me the perfekt way to interprete my part.

Cristina Barzi worked with me in a reliable, precise and informed way. It was always easy and clear to follow her teachings. I felt absolutely prepared from her coaching with the all tools that I needed on stage.
Cristina’s coaching is always phonetically accurate, she has a dramaturgical insight and she translates the Italian texts clearly and with the right understanding of the musical, rhythmic dramatic and poetic flow of Italian.

I felt very well working with Cristina. She was a perfectionist in training me and made me feel at ease and supported. It would be a pleasure to me recommending Cristina Barzi as a professional teacher to my colleagues.







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 MICHAEL AUSTIN DRAMATIC TENOR!michael-austin-dramatic-tenor/c1w3kMichael Austin foto











Kenneth Tarver is considered to be one of the outstanding belcanto tenore di grazia of his generation, acknowledged for his beauty of tone, virtuosic technique, extensive and even vocal range, combined with an attractive and elegant stage presence. A specialist in Mozart and demanding virtuosic operatic repertoire, he has appeared at the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world. Including the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra Comique Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Colon in Argentina, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic  and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Appearing on an extensive recording catalogue, including Berlioz Romeo et Julliet &
Beatrice et Benedict with Sir Colin Davis, Rossini’s La Donna del Lago & Aureliano in Palmira with Maurizio Benini, Mozart’s Don Giovanni & Idomeneo with René Jacobs, Händel’s  Joshua and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte on Sony International, Mr. Tarver holds a Masters of Music Performance from Yale University School of Music and has received two Grammy’s.

MOZART: Cosi fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti, K. 588 
“The finest singing, arguably, comes from Kenneth Tarver’s Ferrando..”
THE GUARDIAN“Keeps you listening…, eager to catch every lyrical flight of Kenneth Tarver¨ THE TIMES“Kenneth Tarver’s soulful Ferrando…” Hugh Canning THE SUNDAY TIMES“Combining an extraordinary technique honed through uncompromising dedication to the art of bel canto with a timbre of honeyed beauty, Kenneth Tarver easily surpasses every recorded Ferrando… “   voix-des-arts”Kenneth Tarver is the finest Ferrando since Simoneau–perhaps better, singing with melting tone, ardor, long breath, and beautifully controlled dynamics.” ROBERT LEVINE classicstoday”Kenneth Tarver is a suave and elegant Ferrando, who brings honeyed tone and a keen sense of Mozartian phrasing to    ‘Un’ Aura Amorosa’” John Allison OPERARecorded in Perm, Russia, for Sony International.
March – April 2015
14, 16, 18, 20 March, 2015HONEGGER – RIO DAVID
25, 26 April, 2015
Recent Highlight
COLOGNE OPERA”impresses with memorable characterization and a powerful emphatic presence”. Theaterpur
“ ideal Belmonte: his even timbre through all registers, perfect breath control, clean resonant effortless singing and perfect diction are moments of pure joy.” forumopera
Giovanni Antonini, conductor
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MOZART & SALIERI – Arias and Duets!
Cd recording with stunning soprano Sen Guo (Opernhaus Zürich)
and Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by Douglas Boyd.         (Soon to be released).
Lodovic Morlot, conductorBERLIOZ – LA MORT D’ORPHEE (Recorded for future release).

Noteworthy Cd releases
ROSSINI – LA GAZZA LADRA,  Alberto  Zedda conducting .  (Coming soon)



Katharina Rosenberger, born in Zurich, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University, under the mentorship of Tristan Murail. Katharina holds the position of Associate Professor in Composition at the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego.

Much of her work manifests in a transdisciplinary context and is bound to confront traditional performance practice in terms of how sound is produced, heard and seen. Her compositions, installations and interdisciplinary music theatre projects have been featured at festivals such as the Weimarer Frühlingstage, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hanover, Festival Archipel, Festival La Bâtie, Geneva, Zürcher Theaterpsektakel, Journées Contemporaine, Basel, Festival Les Musiques, Marseille, Festival Bernaola, Victoria, Spain, New Media Art, Yerevan, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, Minneapolis, the Shanghai New Music Week, the Shanghai International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, and the October Contemporary in Hong Kong.

Katharina’s installation work VIVA VOCE and Room V have been awarded with the “Mediaprojects Award”/ Sitemapping of the Swiss Federal Agency (OFC), Berne. She is a past recipient of the Hellman Fellowship, San Francisco, the Sony Scholar Award, and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Commission for her composition Gesang an das noch namenlose Land. Her portrait CD TEXTURENwith the Wet Ink Ensemble, released on HatHut Records, has been awarded the prestigious Copland Recording Grant and was selected for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste_4, 2012.

DISCOGRAPHY (in collaboration)
2000 CIELETTERA, Lüscher-Rieben-Wildbolz, Altrisuono, Manno, Switzerland
2004 WAX, Meierhans/Rosenberger, ASM “Experimentelle-Reihe”, Lausanne Switzerland, also available at
2007 COLLABORATIONS, Contrabass-Electronics, Cristin Wildbolz, DVD, Unit Records, Lausanne, Switzerland,
2008 DOC(K)S 4th edition, DVD, Akenaton, Campbell, France >more
2011 ensemble für neue musik zürich – release Spring 2011, Hisada, Lim, Gentile, Cárneci, Rosenberger, HatHutRecords, Basel, Switzerland
2012 PORTRAIT Katharina Rosenberger, TEXTUREN with the Wet Ink Ensemble, release Summer 2012, HatHutRecords, Basel, Switzerland