Testimonials

"I am a freelance tenor who sings in the chorus at Opera Holland Park and with the Philharmonia Chorus as well as giving solo recitals of songs and arias at venues such as Lauderdale House, St John’s Smith Square and on P and O cruises. For the last 2 years I have been taking lessons on a regular basis with Dominic Natoli both at his London studio and since Covid outbreak online virtually. In that time I feel that my voice has improved significantly and I have been able to attempt repertoire that was previously beyond the reach of my technique despite having had lessons for many years from a number of teachers, including Howard Milner and Jeffrey Talbot. As a mature singer who is performing regularly, there have been many areas I have struggled with as an operatic tenor. I feel much more confident now with my technique which is wonderful. Although I have learned many important lessons from my other teachers, during my time studying with Dominic, I have acquired the ability to tackle taxing repertoire with hugely increased stamina. The biggest lessons I have learned from Dominic have been about mouth shape for Italian vowels and how to avoid pressure on high notes by balancing the voice over the whole range. His innovative approach to negotiating vocal register transition has opened lots of doors in my technique and increased my comfortable vocal range. This has allowed me to tackle Verdi arias, Italian songs as well as work in other languages and I have used the repertoire to consolidate these new ideas. Dominic’s book of exercises, The Vocal Workout, has been particularly helpful for practising these techniques. The book has allowed me to understand his approach to technique that he has refined over his long performing career. I have learned much from Dominic’s knowledge of the Italian language and the musical repertoire, with his Italian roots and feeling for the culture. For me, Dominic has been the ideal teacher at my stage in my career. His teaching methods are always encouraging at the same time as being challenging. He is a great communicator and motivator as well as showing me how to tackle opera and songs with the technique I have acquired from him over the last two years, for which I am very grateful. " Anthony Yates

"After five years of working with nearly 10 different teachers, I felt I was not really improving and none of them were able to help me fix my technical problems or give clear answers to a lot of my questions. In September 2020 I had the good fortune to commence studying with Dominic Natoli. When I began working with Dominic, my high notes were very hard to get and I could not sing some vowels such as [i], [u], [y] with any ease. I also had a lot of tensions (tongue, jaw, and neck…). Although we have only been working together for just on 6 months, Dominic has already given me many insights into how to solve these technical issues and I am improving very quickly thanks to him and his comprehensive book of exercises, The Vocal Workout, which we use in our lessons to work on different technical aspects. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I haven’t been able to take many live lessons with Dominic. However, Dominic is very at ease with remote lessons. Even if, initially it was hard for me to adapt to online lessons, I feel now that there is not a huge difference between live and online lessons with him. I am very confident that Dominic will be able to help me achieve my full potential and give me the right technical guidance to enable me to have a successful singing career. I would strongly recommend Dominic to anyone who wants to work in depth on their technique and interpretation. He is an excellent teacher who brings to his teaching many insights from his long career covering different genres and languages to provide teaching of style, language pronunciation and technique in combination. " Loïc Péluchon

"I was first curious about learning with Dominic because I noticed his own singing had the rare combination of a big, warm Italianate sound combined with beautiful phrasing and a refined and elegant technique, and I hoped I could acquire some of this! I am very pleased with the progress I have made with Dominic. My "i" vowel is becoming less squeezed and distorted. Most excitingly, my sound is becoming a lot less "bottled" and my top notes are beginning to flourish! " Matthew Nicholls

"Dominic has been my teacher on and off for the past 18 months. He is a very good technician and has the added bonus of still being able to demonstrate everything he teaches with his still world class vocal ability, though he only demonstrates if necessary so that his pupils don't try to imitate him. He is unflappable and has a lovely studio in East London which is quiet and very welcoming. Dominic has helped me work on some tension in my tongue particularly on my "i" (eeee) vowel and after three lessons I begun to see some real improvement which was tremendously heartening. I recommend him without reservation to any singer at whatever stage of their careers." Greg Tassell

"Dominic is an excellent teacher and vocal coach. He is able to convey technical points in a clear, simple and direct manner which singers find easy to understand. The results of this are audible improvement in a very short time. Technical work is always at the service of the music with the emphasis on creating beauty of sound, clear text and good musical expression." Sarah Wilkinson - Pianist/Repetiteur

"And you sang like a god! We love making music with you - you bring not only a quality sound but such a sophisticated variety of colour, dynamics and emotion. Long may our collaboration continue!" Jeremy Silver - conductor

"The Vocal Workout book is wonderful. I think one of my favourites is "The Siren"....genius! It really opens up the top for the girls who have a bit of a thing about the approach. The text is perfect for that and the perceived "silliness" of them helps them to relax and flow rather than over trying! I have a new student, she has been trained as a mezzo - WRONG!!! - so using your exercises we went up to a top Eb in her second lesson - I think she's in shock. No more Cherubino for her!!! Thanks so much, Christine Douglas"