Collaborations lie at the heart of the work of the Fondazione Mascarade. In line with this we are building a network of diverse partnerships with institutions in the fields of music education, talent promotion as well as theaters and opera houses.
Musica con le Ali
Cultural Association Musica con le Ali was established in Milan in December 2016 on the initiative of Carlo Hruby, the current President, together with his wife and their children. The idea of creating this Association was born from the awareness that music, and in particular classical music, constitutes one of the most important cultural heritages of Italy, as well as an instrument of personal and collective growth of extraordinary value.
The purpose of the Association, which is not-for-profit and pursues objectives of social value, is first and foremost to support and enhance musical initiatives, with special attention to young people and classical music. To achieve its goals, Musica con le Ali (“Music with Wings”) promotes young talents, supporting them in their training and helping them to establish themselves in their profession – and therefore to “take flight” – through different wide-ranging initiatives organised in collaboration with the major conservatoires and the main cultural and musical institutions.
The activities of Musica con le Ali include concerts, masterclasses and exhibitions that feature the best and most talented musicians, as well as the creation of interesting professional opportunities and the enhancement of their abilities through a variety of media. An integral part of the Association’s activities is also represented by prestigious editorial projects that aim to deal with specific topics that allow us to reconstruct part of our musical history and to better understand the contemporary one. At the same time, the Association’s activities also include initiatives aimed at the dissemination, understanding and knowledge of classical music by the next generation.
Royal Academy of Music
The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded nearly 200 years ago in 1822. Famous academy alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox. The Royal Academy provides undergraduate and postgraduate training across instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera, and recruits musicians from around the world, with a student community representing more than 50 nationalities.
In 2018, the Royal Academy announced the introduction of 40 new Bicentenary Scholarships and a partnership with Linn Records thanks to the largest donation for scholarships ever received by the Royal Academy. The partnership with Linn Records has provided scholars with industry-level experience, as well as offering consultancy on the technological and business aspects of recording. The Royal Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said of the new scholarship programme: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donation which will help nurture some of the most talented young musicians from all over the world, and, along with the new partnership with Linn Records, give them an opportunity to bridge conservatoire and professional life…The Royal Academy of Music is a household name for training some of the world’s greatest artists and this new initiative reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible experience for students as we move towards our bicentenary in 2022.”
Former Bicentenary Scholars have included Anna Geniushene (piano), Ariel Lanyi (piano), Emily Nebel (violin), Roberts Balanas (violin), Charlie Lovell-Jones (violin), Julie Park (viola), Yoanna Prodanova (cello), Margarita Balanas (cello), Camilla Goldsborough (soprano), Liam Bonthrone (tenor), Ossian Huskinson (bass-baritone), Claudia Lucia Lamanna (harp) and James Orford (organ).
Concorso Lirico Internazionale Portofino
Founded in 2015, the Portofino International Opera Competition (CLIP) has, within a matter of a few years, attracted singers from over 70 different countries to the beautiful Ligurian village and gained a positive reputation within the opera world.
The jury comprises the directors and managers of the singing companies of the main opera houses, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opéra National de Paris, the Monnaie in Brussels, the Seattle Opera, the Dutch National Opera, the An der Wien, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa. CLIP represents a concrete and particularly effective bridge between the competition and the professional worlds. All the winners and finalists of CLIP go on to have brilliant careers and carry in their hearts the experience of a competition where quality, professionalism, familiarity, beauty and respect for singers are paramount.