The Amarillis Ensemble, the Dôme de Saumur theater and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud join forces for an international academy, Songs of Ulysses, whose first edition will take place from 14 at 22 avril 2023.

Imagined and designed bysoprano Patricia Petibon and flautist and oboist Héloïse Gaillard, artistic director of the Amarillis Ensemble, it will promote the transversality and plurality of artistic disciplines. It is aimed at students, singers and musicians, future professionals and emerging artists.

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This international academy offers to students from 18 years and accompanied minors a personalized musical development course to meet everyone's expectations. It is part of a process of development and enrichment on a personal level while giving access to collective practice and common reflection thanks to the intervention of exceptional artistic personalities..

The AcademySongs of Ulysses offers participants the opportunity to work on the crossing of the arts thanks to multidisciplinarity: master classes and collective workshops (musical improvisation and physical theater). 

concerned public
It is aimed at students, singers or musicians, pre-professionals, and professionals but also to chamber music ensembles made up. Registration is subject to validation by the teacher..
8 maximum students per class in order to promote a personalized approach.

Selection process
Sending a cover letter, CV and a video recording (singers), video or audio (musicians) at the address before the 17 February 2023.

The pedagogical team

The pedagogical team, gathered around the soprano Patricia Petibon and the musician Heloïse Gaillard, is made up of internationally renowned artists, members of the Amarillis ensemble or loyal accomplices, all sharing a great experience of the stage as well as a passion for the transmission. The sponsor of this Academy is the director, poet, writer Olivier Py. See the speakers on the site.

Course of the Academy

1. At the Dome theater in Saumur

– Daily master classes
It is provided 40 individual lesson minutes.
– Daily group workshops: 4 hours 
In music, Improvisation practice with the composer Thierry Escaich
In physical theater with the actress and director Sophie Cusset and with the choreographer, director and author Stephanie Chene
In Pilates with Emma Delahaye
– One hour of group practice daily : Every day one hour is devoted at the end of the afternoon to a group practice.

2. At the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Five exceptional conferences, each bringing together a pair made up of two extraordinary personalities: director, astrophysicist, costumer, decorator, light designer, Apnea, phoniatre, poet, writer, visual artist…


The teaching of the Academy focuses on technique and interpretation, the works covered in class must therefore have been worked on beforehand. The participants bring a program worked upstream according to the following criteria by discipline. A minimum of 4 pieces of different styles for the following disciplines taught:

  • Singing class
  • Baroque recorder and oboe class
  • Baroque violin class
  • Baroque Viola and Cello Class
  • Harpsichord class
  • Chamber music class on historical instruments

Diapason 415 Hz (harpsichord) and 442 Hz (piano) 

SINGING CLASS Patricia Petibon et  Robert Expert
Open to all singers, students, pre-professionals and professionals wishing to perfect their skills in the interpretation of baroque music. The repertoire covered may also be the repertoire of Offenbach and French melody.
There will be two vocal leaders, Erika Guiomar and Alfredo Abbati, as well as the harpsichordist Jeanne Jourquin who will occasionally act as vocal coach during the Academy.
Open to professionals or in training with a minimum level of end of 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle.
For flautists: free repertoire to prepare from the first half of the 17th century until the second half of the 18th century.
For oboists: free repertoire from the end of the 17th century until the middle of the 18th century.
Open to professional or pre-professional violinists and violists, end level 2nd cycle minimum, free directory (French music orientation), 17th and 18th centuries. Gesture work, stage presence and stage fright management.
Open to students with a minimum level of end of 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle, pre-professionals, and professionals.
For violists: Free directory (from the middle of the 16th century until the second half of the 18th century). 
For cellists: Free directory (from the end of the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century). 
This course is intended for student harpsichordists from the 3rd cycle, or young professionals wishing to perfect their instrument, whether for solo play, the realization of the continuo or the work of vocal master. The repertoire is left to the choice of the trainees. For harpsichordists, it is also an opportunity to practice ensemble playing and the vocal and instrumental repertoire, in connection with the other classes of the academy.
The Academy is also looking for two students capable of tuning the harpsichords, and provide some of the support recorder/oboe classes, violin and viol or cello. Two students will therefore be able to share the chords and accompaniments during the week. If you are willing, do not hesitate to report. The two trainees who will carry out these missions will have no educational costs to pay.: the Academy will be offered to them, and the round trip from Paris will be reimbursed.
Open to training 2 at 8 pre-professional and professional musicians wishing to perfect their skills in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire on historical instruments.

A privileged working environment between the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Le Dôme Theater in Saumur, on the banks of the Loire. A friendly atmosphere in two magnificent places conducive to exchange and creative effervescence.

Registration fees

700 euros includes tuition fees and meals (lunches and dinners)
450 euros per person for the Groups formed (educational costs + meal)

Meals and Accommodation

Meals taken together on site to make the most of the training. Caterers provided by the two venues.
Accommodation costs payable by the student : group accommodation is available in Saumur (30€ per night with breakfast included. Contact us to reserve a room.)

Registration fees
700 euros includes tuition fees and meals (lunches and dinners)
450 euros per person for the Groups formed (educational costs + meal)

In a process of inclusion, we hope that the financial investment will not be an obstacle to registration and participation. A scholarship supporting enrollment is offered to 2 student(e)s, thanks to the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet, principal patron of the Academy. Contact us.