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Italian language and the Opera

LA LINGUA LA VITA

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OPERA AND THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Italian language course; phonetics and diction for non-Italian opera singers and lovers of classical music.

The first of its kind, this course has been created for opera enthusiasts, and is taught by qualified instructors specialized in the area of linguistics and music.

TEACHING is based on two fundamental approaches to learning: group and individual. The first, looks at a better understanding of the Italian language structure, and how to put it into practical use. The second, focuses on the study of musical techniques that are then applied to operatic works such as arias, duets etc.

THE TOWN of TODI is a splendid setting for the course. It is steeped in art and history, and immersed in the wonderful green countryside of Umbria.

THE COURSE is for a minimum of two weeks and takes place from Monday to Friday. It includes 20 hours of Italian (group lessons), 10 hours of phonetics and diction (individual lessons), and 20 hours of Italian operatic repertoire enhancement (individual coaching) undertaken by expert trainers, and singing teachers with piano accompaniment. The course takes place in historic buildings near the main square, and students live with selected host families, or in renovated apartments in the center of Todi.

THE PROGRAM

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Arrivals are on Sunday, with reception in the apartment or with the family.

Week 1

Monday – Friday

9.00 - 11.00: Italian group lesson, language structure and conversation.

11.30 - 12.30: Phonetics lesson, with individual  in-depth analysis of a pre-selected opera; voice and body awareness; breathing exercises; mouth and facial exercises for the perception and correct reproduction of Italian phonemes, consonants and vowels (phonetics, diction and intonation).

16.00 - 18.00: practical application on operatic and musical pieces including: correct use of diaphragm and breathing; use of gesture, rhythmic declamation and voice extension techniques.

Week 2

Monday – Friday

9.00 - 11.30: Italian group lesson, language structure and conversation.

11.30 - 12.30: Diction lesson, with individual in-depth analysis of pre-selected opera and successive study of the text; oral exercises on syntactic germination and its practical application in opera; the study of word meaning, identifiying root words and their origins.

16.00 - 18.00: practical application on operatic and musical pieces; correct use of diaphragm and breathing; use of gesture, rhythmic declamation and voice extension techniques; video filming of interpretation with constructive feedback by teacher.

Saturday

Final goodbyes and departure.

On request

  • Monographic course on the History of Melodrama.
  • Guided tours to some of the most beautiful towns in Umbria, and to the smallest theatre in the world.
  • Concert and theatre tickets for events in Umbria during the summer.

Monday:

9.00 - 11.00: Italian lesson, improving grammar and conversation.

11.00 - 13.00: Individual phonetics lesson with an in-depth study of a pre-selected opera; breathing exercises and the correct reproduction of Italian vowels and consonants.

Tuesday:

9.00 - 11.00: Italian lesson, improving grammar and conversation.

11.00 - 13.00: Individual diction lesson with an in-depth study of a pre-selected opera; fundamental rules for pronouncing challenging Italian phonemes and recognizing accent position.

Wednesday:

9.00 - 11.00: Italian lesson, improving grammar and conversation.

11.00 - 13.00: Individual diction lesson with an in-depth study of a pre-selected opera; oral exercises on syntactic germination and its practical application in opera.

Thursday:

9.00 - 11.00: Italian lesson, improving grammar and conversation.

11.00 - 13.00: Individual diction lesson with an in-depth study of a pre-selected opera; phrase intonation exercises.

Friday:

9.00 - 11.00: Italian lesson, improving grammar and conversation.

11.00 - 13.00: Individual diction lesson with an in-depth study of a pre-selected opera; the study of word meaning, identifying root words and their origins.

Each two-week program will cover a different pre-selected opera; participants wishing to stay for a longer period will work on different airs and operas.

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