ITALIAN FOR THE OPERA COURSE, AT SCUOLA TOSCANA
Italian is the language of music, from the time signatures (presto, andante, con brio, vivace) to the Opera librettos. Did you know that Lorenzo daPonte, author of the Mozart’ Don Giovanni libretto, born Emanuele Conegliano, became the first Professor in Italian Language at Columbia University ?
Our course ‘Italian language for the Opera’ is for everyone : professional and amateur singers, Opera fans, students of music, musicians, and everyone else who is interested in the world of Italian melodrama.
The lessons are taught by an expert Italian language instructor who doubles as music critic, and include a social and historical introduction, a study of the plots and the characters ( with the help of some historical sketches of costumes, see above pic ) the reading and understanding of librettos, and of course lot of listening: comparative listening of various editions, of various voices, of various conductors, from a vast collection of CDs and recording. All this in the specially equipped classroom, with high fidelity stereo system. A joy for the ears, a joy for the soul !