Giuseppe Verdi: vocal and acting interpretation in Verdi's operas

Name and place of institution

Conservatorio di Musica "A.Boito" Parma, Italy

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2017-2018

POSTGRADUATES only (Intensive Module):

• 27 November – 10 December 2017 (15 days)

ERASMUS students may choose a mobility within a semester, starting from November 1, 2017.

Description of the module

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one or more scenes from Verdi's operas. They are planned as follows:
- Analysis, study and full understanding of Verdi's libretto(s) and character(s) chosen.
- Vocal technique and style coaching in Verdi's repertoire.
- Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
- Individual coaching and group work: vocal and score lessons, and group work on Scenic Art (Training of the actor’s body, physical and gestural laboratory).
- Preparation for final exam and concert(s).

Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS students have to choose other courses (e.g. Opera History, Poetic and Dramatic Literature, etc. among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits.

Speciality of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building the chosen Verdi's character (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Choice of repertoire according to student’s needs. Possible exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same repertoire. A unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the rich operatic music culture of the territory, attending places of unique musical interest, within the Conservatory (Musical Section of Libreria Palatina, Boito's Studio and Toscanini's Studio) or in the immediate nearby of it (the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, specialized in 19th century opera and music in general, with particular emphasis on the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi, the Museo dell'Opera, the Casa della Musica etc.).

Names of the Professors of this module

Donatella Saccardi, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach); Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor's work); Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Carmen Santoro, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire).

Possible extras in addition to the module

Upon request a little tour of the main “music treasures" of Verdi's land: the birthplace of Verdi and Villa Sant'Agata , the Toscanini Museum, the world renowned Teatro Regio, the beautiful Teatro Farnese (17th century), the Casa del Suono, etc.

For Erasmus: opportunity to join Italian Course lev. A2+B1 in the first semester or English Course level B1 or B2 in second semester.

October is the month of the Parma Verdi Festival. Facilities are offered to enrolled students who want to experience a show at the Teatro Regio and/or other planned locations.

Number of EOA students

Min. 3 students / Max. 9

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

15 days Intensive Module (for POSTGRADUATES only - not available for Erasmus):
- Individual tuition: 10 h (per module) + Group work: 30 h (per module)

Semester Module (for ERASMUS only):
- Individual tuition: 15 h (per module) + Group work: 45 h (per module), plus other group lessons TBA, to complete the ECTS required level

Number of ECTS credits within Master's accreditation

30 ECTS per Semester (only for Erasmus Module)

Entrance examination

Online audition (internet link, video) deadlines:

• May 20th, 2017 (only for ERASMUS applicants)
• Sept. 4th 2017 (only for POSTGRADUATE applicants)

Please include a link to a video as well as a c.v. with your application form.

The video must contain at least 2 arias / scenes (preferably Verdi's) performed live in Italian without any audio / video post-production. Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by
• end of June 2017 (only for ERASMUS)
• October 1st 2017 (only for POSTGRADUATES)

Description of the final examination

Performance of an operatic full Verdi scene in front of a jury.
The examination may coincide with a public concert.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student

Only for POSTGRADUATE applicants (not ERASMUS):

€ 975,30 (tuition, registration and regional tax, insurance) each.* **

The Office for International Relations will provide advice on local accommodation ( )

*Prices do not include travel or living expenses.

** Prices are only applicable for students not currently studying for a bachelor, master's or third cycle degree.

Students must provide for their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Module type: Training
Academy of music: Parma
Period: winter

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