italy: Opera viva! in Verona


This intensive, three-week performance based seminar offers young singers, conductors, and accompaniasts the opportunity to experience the musical and cultural riches of Italian opera through study and performance in Verona, Italy.  The program is designed to develop and improve students' skills through private lessons, coachings, master classes, lessons in lyric diction, voice and conversational Italian, and rehearsals for opera scenes provided by distinguished faculty.

Fast Facts

Program Type:Faculty led
Term/Duration:     Summer/3 weeks
Summer 2012 Program Dates:

Session I: June 25 - July 15, 2012

Session II: July 16 - August 5, 2012

Credits: 3
Application Fee: $20
Estimated Program Fees:    $4730
Tuition:$696 NYS Residents; $1854 Out-of-State Residents
Application Deadline: February 18   



Program Details

This program is broken up into three major components:

I. Voice Lessons/Recitals Component: Each student will attend twice weekly lessons and twice weekly coachings.  Study will include vocal exercises pertinent to the growth and vocal needs of the individual student, with repertory chosed at the discretion of the teacher.  In addition to lessons and coachings, each student will sing on two public recitals per term, and will be assigned a role in at least one of the opera scenes to be performed in public.

II. Conducting Component: This program will consist of daily private lessons in conducting as well as a daily recitative class where the student conductors will work, under the guidance of the instructor, with the student singers and professional accompaniest on selected recitatives and scenes from operatic repertoire, conducing and coaching them in a rehearsal environment. 

III.  Italian Language Component: Primary emphasis will be placed on conversational speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as review of basic grammar structures.  A secondary emphasis will be placed on cultural aspects of contemporary Italy.  Authentic materials, such as ads, brochures, songs, videos and newspaper and magazine articles are used extensively to expose students to contemporary Italian language and culture.

The curriculum for conducting and coaching/accompanying students will closely follow that of singers, and will include private lessons and master classes, as well as rehearsal and performing opportunities as conductors and accompanists for the vocal students recitals and opera scenes.  In addition there will be the opportunity to study and attend the operas being performed at the Arena di Verona as well as at least 2 walking tours of Verona, focusing on the history of the city, its people, architecture, and culture.

Program Setting

Verona is a city in the Veneto, or northern Italy, home to approximately 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven provincial capitals of the region.  It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, thanks to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and the lyric opera season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.  The city has been awarded world heritage status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.