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Learn the old school Bel Canto technique, so YOU can start singing like the opera legends! 

"Hidalgo had the real great training, maybe even the last great training of the real Bel Canto."
(Maria Callas in conversation with Lord Harewood, 1968)


The iconic Maria Callas, and my singing teacher (the great Italian soprano Aida Meneghelli) had the same singing teacher; the famous soprano Elvira De Hidalgo.

It is a privilege and honour to be able to pass this great technique and tradition on to new singers.

With my Maestra di Bel Canto, Aida Meneghelli, Verona, 2001.

Now YOU can learn the same technique, and transform yourself as a singer

You already have the VOICE, the TALENT and the PASSION.

Whether you are a complete beginner, or an experienced singer, it can be overwhelming to try to find the right singing teacher.

Deciding WHO it is you will trust with the development of your talent is one of the most important decisions YOU make. That is why I moved across Europe and "headhunted" for my singing teacher, until I found the right one, 26 years ago. 

Singers often come to me asking for my help with one or more problems:
 
  • can not hit or hold high notes 
  • problems singing long phrases on one breath
  • uneven register
  • no control of their larynx
  • tension in their jaw and throat
  • problems with placement of the voice
  • stage fright - I use mental exercises - from sport and performance psychology - to deal with this!!

Some singers have stopped singing altogether, due to problems with their throat. Many have already been trained by one or more teachers, thinking it is their fault they cannot do things right. 

If this is YOU - it is NOT your fault!! 


Often the problem is the singing teacher, who has trained the singer to do the exact opposite of what they should be doing.
Many teachers do not know how to breathe with the diaphragm, which is the foundation of EVERYTHING.
They don't know how to place the voice properly either, making the singer ask; 
"Why doesn't my voice sound like those of the legendary singers?"

When I started my training, 26 years ago, I was not able to sing any high notes without gasping for air. I had no clue how to breathe properly. The only thing I had was an incredible vocal range, all the way up to B6.

Then I was transformed into a Bel Canto singer, who was able to sing more than 100 notes from the high C and up in my concerts, never having a tired throat, never running out of breath.

When my career started to take off with great press and offers, my youngest child, at the time, was diagnosed with health problems that made it impossible for me to continue traveling. I stopped performing and dedicated myself to my family, in addition to being an artist manager and vocal coach. Being able to help other singers fulfil their potential makes me very happy. 

Various press clips from my concerts

Bel Canto to the People - The Aina Method!

In 2021 I spent three months creating and filming my easy to follow Bel Canto Master Singer course, for singers on ALL levels. 

It is a framework to become a Bel Canto Master Singer, giving you the exact same legendary technique I was trained in. Drawing on my extensive experience as a singer, singing teacher and manager, I have added a module about a crucial topic, often ignored:

Mental training for opera singers, including confidence building. 

My course covers way more than what you would learn the first couple of years in a full time music program, with ALL the focus on the singing. You do not have to know any music theory or music history to start.

I created this course with one goal: saving YOU time and money, while maintaining the highest possible level of quality! 

 

With my dear Maestra, Aida Meneghelli, Verona, 2001.

Recent Testimonials!

"My experience with Elisabeth (The bel canto coach) it is being transformative in many levels. She really made me understand how to use my soprano voice efficiently, and due to the technique help me out to expand my range safely without putting unnecessary weight on it, which is something very rare into the classical genre, and it is pivotal for singers like me that love singing rock, metal even pop. 

And needless to say that Elisabeth ( The bel canto coach) has one of the most beautiful voices! It is really like to hear those legends from the past (pure bel canto coloratura). I highly recommend her to anyone that really wants to sound professional and without restrictions of any kind." 

(Valesska, soprano)

The obvious choice.

"Elisabeth's coaching transformed my voice from tiny, and limited to the lowest part of my range into one with power, control, and high notes in 3.5 months. I believe this course is the obvious choice for anyone wanting to take their voice to the next level."

(Lars - Tenor, Bel Canto student)

(Kenny - Tenor, Bel Canto student)

The Commander In Chief - Internationally acclaimed 7 string guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, and pianist. Trained, managed and mentored by me, she is also my oldest daughter. In 2021 two of her younger siblings asked me to train them professionally as well, so our family now has 2 opera singers, and 2 opera singers in the making. 

"If you don't have the Bel Canto, you cannot sing any opera, as a matter of fact, not even the most modern."

(Maria Callas, Conversations with Lord Harewood, 1968)

What's the Value of this Course?

You can't put a value on the opportunity to fulfil your potential, but I will try to do it any way. It took me years to learn all the things I am giving you in this course, and I got the information gradually. With this course you get access to everything immediately, so you can watch it and learn at your own pace. I am giving you all the pieces of the puzzle, while also explaining to you how they should be put together. 
I have students who have been trained for years by others, some even have master degrees and diplomas as opera singers, but they still had not learned the basics of HOW to sing properly, before they came to me. After just a few lessons they have made so much progress that people who have heard them sing before are completely confused about their rapid improvement. 
"What happened to you? How have you improved so much, so fast?" is the feedback they get.
Having private lessons 6 days a week for 5 years, like I did, would cost you a lot. A Bel Canto singing lesson today cost anywhere from € 80 to €200 per lesson. If you pay €100 per lesson, it would cost € 2,400 per month, and a staggering €28,800 per year
I created this course to SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY, so you need fewer 1:1 lessons, doing things at your own pace, watching the videos over and over again, printing out the PDFs to guide you.
If you combine the course with 1:1 Zoom lessons with me you get the optimal result, which is what most of my students do.
Make an impact, Share YOUR Voice, Live YOUR Dream, Be a Role Model and Fulfil YOUR Potential.
Start today and be one of the few who carry the proud tradition of Bel Canto into the Future.
Be the one who stands out!

What You Get With The Aina Method:


In this online course you get access to 66 videos, downloadable PDFs, and audio file versions of all the videos.

You can either buy the entire course, OR you can buy each of the modules as separate courses. I have split module 5 into two separate modules, with 4 master classes in each. 

I explain the secrets about Bel Canto singing to you, and you get to see both a beginner and a professional singer do various vocal exercises, under my guidance. You also learn how to pronounce the Italian lyrics for each of the songs.

You get the tools and skills you need to build a solid foundation as a Bel Canto singer, immediately, from the comfort of your own home, while having access to one of the few Bel Canto teachers in the world.

  • 66 videos 
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Audio files/mp3s
  • Access to 1:1 lessons with me
!!!NEW OPPORTUNITY: RESIDENTIAL BEL CANTO RETREAT/COURSE, SUMMER 2022! SIGN UP NOW!!!

The property borders a very clean, beautiful river, full of trout, and the singers can go fishing or swimming in the lake.

Welcome to my Residential Bel Canto Retreats this summer, at our new family home in beautiful Valdres, Norway.

Since I will only accept up to 5 singers at a time, I am doing 2 Retreats, which will have the same program;

June 27th - July 3rd, and August 1st - 7th, 2022. 

Accommodation at the property and 3 meals a day is included in the price, € 1 097.  

Each singer will take part in daily group lessons, in addition to daily 1:1 singing lessons. The group sessions will cover the most crucial building blocks of the Bel Canto technique, including breathing with the diaphragm, posture, support, singing in maschera, legato, Italian diction, and much more. On the last day of the Retreats, the singers can choose to participate in a house concert, open to the public. 

To read more, or sign up, go here!

The Aina Method - Course Overview!

You can sign up for the full course, or you can sign up for Module 1 separately and learn the crucial skill of breathing with the diaphragm. 

After completing the FULL course you get a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.

MODULE 1.

Foundations of Mastery,  part 1 - Breathing!
  • The foundation for everything in Bel Canto is breathing with your diaphragm. Without it, there will be no Bel Canto.
  • I show you ALL the breathing exercises I had to do, when I started my Bel Canto training, both the ones where you lay down, and the ones where you stand up. 
  • You'll learn WHAT breathing with the diaphragm actually means, HOW you do it,  and WHY you must do it, to be able to sing more easily and correctly. 
  • Breathing with your diaphragm is the secret to singing high notes effortlessly, singing long phrases easily, flawless cadenzas, and much more.
  • This module is available as a separate course below - NOW 33% off!

 4 videos,  PDFs  

30 m

MODULE 2.

Foundations of Mastery,  part 2 - Essential skills!
  • In this important module you learn the rest of the foundational skills, or tools of Bel Canto singing.
  • You'll learn how to place your voice "in maschera," which makes singing more easy. Your voice will project more, and the voice will have layers - making it sound much more beautiful
  • You'll learn the importance of how to sing the first note, and how that affects everything else.
  • You will learn the importance of relaxing the jaw, and having the right posture. These two things are crucial for easy singing.
  • You get my best advice when it comes to putting yourself out there on social media, as a new singer, starting the branding of yourself. 

7 videos

1h 

MODULE 3.

Secret Mental Training Formula!
  • As a singer you can NOT sing for many hours a day, unless you intend to destroy your voice. A lot of the training happens mentally. You'll learn my secret mental practise routines, which will give you faster results. This is how I could sing arias that you normally sing after training for 5 years after just 3 years.
  • You'll start to learn how to overcome negative mindsets and turn them around to positive ones.
  • You will learn the importance of meditation, including a guided meditation. 
  • You will learn how to open up the channel to your inner wisdom, or gut feeling. When dealing with confidence issues, this is a very powerful tool.

9 videos, Ebooks

1h 13m

MODULE 4.

Master Warm-Up Blueprint!
  • These are the same warm up exercises (vocalizes) that I do ever day. They are the ones I learned from Meneghelli, 26 years ago.
  • Before each of the vocalises I explain exactly WHAT you are going to sing and HOW you are going to do it. You will watch a professional singer and a beginner do the vocalises, under my guidance. By having good warm up routines you are setting yourself up for much better performances. 
  • Warm ups are a great opportunity to fine tune everything: breathing, placement of voice, pronunciation of vowels, etc. 
  • You'll get way more out of your singing.

2 videos, PDF

34m

MODULE 5.

Forging A Master - 8 Singing Lessons, where you see 2 singers being coached by me.
  • This Module contains 8 Singing Lessons, that teaches you various aspects of the technique by use of 8 beautiful short songs, or exercises, from Vaccaj's "Metodo Pratico di Canto." (You can get the book on Amazon, Ebay, etc).
  • Each of the 8 Lessons have 6 videos, PDFs and Audio files, explaining in detail, showing you how to sing the exercise. 
  • You get a proper explanation for how to master various  aspects of the technique: WHAT, HOW AND WHY you sing certain things in a specific way (various intervals, legato, etc).
  • You learn how to pronounce words; vowels, consonants and diphthongs in proper Italian.
  • You see two singers: a professional singer and a beginner, sing the lessons with my guidance. Start singing today! 

48 videos

2h 25m

Pay the course in full and you get access to ALL the course videos, PDFs and audio files immediately. 


LIMITED TIME OFFER NOW 33% OFF, ONLY € 847! 


EXTRA BONUS: 3 X 60 minutes singing lessons on Zoom included!

66 videos, PDFs and audio files. Total viewing time of videos: 5h 42m

You can also pay it over 4 months, with my generous payment plan, and get gradual access to videos, PDFs and Audio files each month.
Limited time offer now, 30 % off,
 monthly payment of € 227!
EXTRA BONUS: 2 x 60 minutes singing lessons 1:1 on Zoom included!


66 videos, PDFs and audio files. Total viewing time of videos: 5h 42m


You can book 1:1 Zoom Bel Canto singing lessons with me, even if you are not enrolled in my course! Limited spaces for online lessons are available.

Contact me for lessonss on IG or FB @thebelcantocoach or by email: thechiefmanager@icloud.com.

The Ultimate Cost of Inaction

I guarantee that if you don't take action it could cost you:

  • A Fortune: a real opportunity to be paid what YOU are really worth.
  • Your Health: 70% of people who use their voice in a professional capacity get voice problems. This is a very serious problem. Failing to fulfill your potential can also lead to stress, and anxiety taking a toll on your well-being.
  • Your Purpose: Imagine the cost of not living life with a purpose. Getting to the end of the road wondering what could have been, and looking back with regret having neglected YOUR destiny. To me, that sounds like one of life's biggest failures.
  • Regret: The weight of regret is the heaviest burden you can carry

Don't let the cost set in. Make the investment in yourself, so you can start the transformation to becoming a Bel Canto Master Singer TODAY.

Frequently asked questions

Can I really learn how to sing online?

I have coached singers via Zoom, and Skype for years. As long as you have a good internet connection it works well.

Can I use this technique for other genres?

Yes. The Commander In Chief has used her Bel Canto training to sing: heavy metal, acoustic music, musicals, Christian music, classical crossover, and classical. 

Can I be a beginner?

Yes. No previous training is required. You can be a complete beginner, or a more advanced singer. You do not have to know, or study any music theory in order to take this course.

Will I get a permanent vibrato on my voice?

Vibrato is a sign that you are breathing correctly. You need it in order to sing classical music properly. However, if you are trained right then you can turn it on and off at will, so that you can sing other music genres as well. This is what The Commander In Chief does.

What about different time zones?

I am offering my group lessons both in the morning, and in the evening CET.

Can I get private lessons with Elisabeth?

Only through the offers in this course.

AINA ELISABETH HILLTOUT - WHO I AM & WHY I DO THIS?

Born in Norway, I had a childhood that was very far from the life I have lived as a grown up. I could easily highlight the good parts and say

From I was 10 until I was 13 I was on stage with my dad, performing with great success. At school I was a top student, and in high school I was the president of the student council... yada, yada, yada. That would be the glossy, perfect bio we have all read a million times before. What makes me different, is THIS part of my story:

When I was 7 years old, my dad walked out on us, and we lost everything - including the big family house we had just built. From I was 8 until I was 13 we lived in a tiny home without an indoor bathroom or indoor toilet, in the bad part of a new town, where I knew no one. The house was very old and winters in Norway are cold - as in very cold. My home-made, narrow bed was in front of a huge window that was completely covered with thick layers of ice, on the inside, during the long winter months. I went to bed frozen and I woke up frozen. We never had any money to do anything. It was all about just affording the basics. That was the easy part of my childhood. 

Dealing with an alcoholic, unhinged stepfather was a totally different challenge. He hated me profoundly. His verbal, emotional and mental abuse quickly became part of my daily life. I know how it feels like to grow up with real FEAR, always having to anticipate the crazy person's next move, their next attack - always trying to be one step ahead, as a matter of survival. I know what it means to run for your life. I know what it means to see the ones you care about being physically harmed, right in front of your eyes. I know what it does to your confidence. No child should have to live through that hell.  Sadly, way too many children, all over the world do. 

I had the drive and determination to move away and take control of my own life, at the age of 18, just when I graduated high school. I never made it to my own graduation ceremony, despite being the president of the student board, with a speech to deliver. I was still in shock from having lost the one person I trusted the most in a car accident - my oldest brother. Experiencing such a profound loss, so suddenly, at such a young age, changes you forever. You look at your life as "Life Before and Life After." I know a lot of people will recognise that. 

My accomplishments are mine, and mine alone. At 19 I worked in the biggest bank in Norway, on a nationwide marketing campaign. I had specialised in economics and marketing in high school. When I was 21 I started studying at the prestigious Norwegian School of Economics, in their MBA program. But something was missing in my life, and when I saw the movie Amadeus, I knew what it was. I HAD TO sing opera! 

I took two young children and a husband, who was always abroad for work, with me. We moved to Verona, Italy, without speaking a word Italian, without knowing anyone there. After some months searching for the right singing teacher, I found Aida Meneghelli. Nothing about that new life was easy, and we made a lot of sacrifices, but it was worth it. 

My repertoire included the arias for The Queen of the Night, Lucia di Lammermoor, Konstanze, Olympia, Elvira and Lakmé. I have extensive experience as a concert singer, Bel Canto teacher, manager, producer and confidence builder.
I stopped performing when my youngest child, back then, was diagnosed with health problems that made it impossible for me to be away from home.

I LOVE coaching singers, seeing their joy when they "get it," and singing all of a sudden becomes easy. The more singers I can help the better it is.

I have lived in 5 countries with my family. I have just returned to my motherland, Norway, with my English husband, four kids and our Giant Schnauzer.

My dad drove across Norway to be there for my first, big opera concert. 

11 years old, performing with my dad. I loved every moment. 

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