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Program for Opera Singers

Summer Program for Young Opera Singers 2019 in Sant’Angelo in Vado
Italian Language ▪ Vocal Studies and Performance ▪ Opera Staging Rehearsals and Role Coaching

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Sylvia Stone, Director

Come to Sant’Angelo in Vado to enhance your singing and performing skills and to develop your fluency in the Italian language. This program is designed for emerging opera singers who wish to have experience studying and performing in Italy, and who are anxious to improve their Italian language skills. It provides bel canto vocal training and coaching of Italian operatic repertoire with an international faculty, and includes public concerts in historical theatres in and around Sant’Angelo in Vado. Students receive two weekly voice lessons and regular musical and Italian diction coachings of Italian repertoire with faculty or guest maestri. Elements of acting and character development will be addressed daily by our Italian stage director in stage rehearsals on the stage of Teatro Zuccari.. The thrust of the program is to broaden the singer's repertoire, improve Italian language skills, develop his/her stage artistry, improve audition skills, and to offer performance experience in Italy.

The instructors of Scuola Italia’s language program offer an intensive course which equips the singer with a thorough grounding in the Italian language. The teachers are graduates in Modern Languages and Humanities and highly skilled in modern teaching methods of Italian as a foreign language.

Course in Italian language (1)

From Monday to Friday, from 9.00 to 12.15: the course consists of grammar, conversation, listening comprehension, lexical and phonetic development, diction lessons, reading and translating texts of operatic arias. Throughout the group lessons, the students' progress will be carefully monitored.
The course includes:

  1. teaching material
  2. information on the city and its surroundings of Sant'Angelo in Vado and its surroundings
  3. visits to the following cities of art :
    • guided cultural tour of URBANIA, its museums, theatre and history (Ducal Palace, Bramante Theatre, the famous Mummies, demonstration of ceramic technology at the Associazione Amici della Ceramica, etc)
    • guided cultural tour of URBINO, Urbino is a stunning Italian city with beautiful Renaissance architecture. It is the birthplace of the world-famous painter Raphael. The Ducal Palace in Urbino was the famous court of Duke Federico II of Montefeltro. Today the Palace is the National Gallery of the Marche Region.
    • One day to the beach in PESARO (hometown of G. Rossini), where the prestigious lyrical event, the Rossini Opera Festival, is held annually.
  4. the school also provides assistance to the students in arranging travel within Italy (booking hotels, hints for residence permits, car and bicycle hire, taxis). Whatever your problem, we will be here to help you.

Course in Vocal Studies and Performance (2)

What the course offers:

  1. two 30-minute private voice lessons per week with Professor Stone
  2. accompanists for all voice lessons and individual rehearsal (if available)
  3. individual and ensemble musical coaching on song and operatic repertoire with international maestri, at least two periods per week
  4. daily opera staging rehearsals of selected scenes to be performed on concerts
  5. audition training, role coaching, general stage technique, acting, and Italian diction coaching offered throughout the program
  6. the renowned bel canto tenor WILLIAM MATTEUZZI will offer a master class, as will Professor DONALD GEORGE, who additionally will direct a Creative Workshop and present his latest book: Master Singers: Advice from the Stage. Madame JUNE CARD will present the seminar: Auditioning for Success.
  7. practice rooms available all week.

Concert Appearances (3)

During the course, public concerts will be performed in the region of Pesaro Urbino. Recent venues were Teatro Zauccari in Sant'Angelo, the Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico, Museo Diocesano in Urbania, Chiesa Santa Veneranda in Fermignano, Chiesa di San Francesco in Mercatello, the Cultural Center in Peglio, the beautiful and historic Teatro Bramante in Urbania, and the Vatican in Rome (San Pietro Cathedral). The singers will receive additional rehearsals and coachings for these performances.
Click here to download one of our concert programs. (VEDI DOC. Concert’s program)
After every concert, Scuola Italia hosts a dinner party for the singers and staff.