Spend your summer studying with renowned artists in Arezzo, the birthplace of modern music notation, and close to Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance.
The OperArezzo summer program will expand the horizons of young singers with an academic and musical experience abroad.
Singers will study the Italian language daily (with a college credit option) at whatever level is appropriate. Language courses will be taught by Italian faculty who are certified to teach Italian as a second language to English speakers.
Opera scenes will be coached and performed with Italian and European faculty to give a truly old-world experience, all while absorbing the culture and history of beautiful Tuscany.
Guided excursions to Florence, historical sites in and around Arezzo, as well as a premium seat to enjoy the biannual medieval Joust (La Giostra del Saracino) will connect the experience to classical and contemporary Italy.
Students will be living in shared, dorm-style housing on campus (Villa Godiola).
Family-style meals, prepared fresh by wonderful chefs and their team, are served daily five days a week and students enjoy traditional Italian dishes and picturesque views.
Included in your four-week program:
- Performances in multiple opera scenes (casting is based on your individual voice and the other participants in the program)
- Coaching, staging, and music rehearsals run by expert Italian faculty
- Opportunity to sing in guest artist masterclasses
- Italian language classes, with the option for college credit
- Tours of Florence and historic areas of Arezzo
- Weekends off, offering time for additional excursions at your leisure
- Dormitory living, on-campus, where everything is walkable
- A summer you’ll never forget
HERE you can find our Guest Artists & Faculty page.
Typical Daily Schedule:
A typical day will begin with breakfast served at the villa, various classes and masterclasses in the morning, followed by lunch at the villa, and opera scene rehearsals in the afternoon. Three meals a day are served at the villa, five days a week, with Friday afternoons off.
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast at the villa
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Italian Language Class, Opera History, or other relevant special topics courses
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch at the villa
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Music and staging rehearsals for opera scenes. Not all singers will be called every day, and rarely will a singer be called for the entire afternoon.
- Excursions to Florence and other areas.
- Practice, study, and free time
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner at the villa
The entire program culminates in a performance of the scenes at the Teatro Petrarca (inaugurated on April 21, 1833 with a performance of Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti) on the final Friday, June 16 2023, for the community and any friends or family that you would like to attend.
For more information please contact admissions@dell’arte.it