Possente Spirto: the birth of opera

1 October 2018 – 28 February 2019

ERASMUS students may choose an exchange of 3-5 months starting from Oct. 1, 2018. It is possible to agree upon a longer mobility period, extending to July 15, 2019 at the maximum.

5-15 vocal students

Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes. Analysis and study of characters and librettos. Vocal interpretation of full opera scenes from works by Peri, Monteverdi, Gagliano, Caccini, Cavalli, Melani, etc. Individual coaching and group work. Preparation for final exam and concert production(s). Classes will be held in Italian and in English.

Special emphasis on Italian diction and character & role interpretation taught by native speakers of Italian. Possible assistance and exchange in classes with Italian students working on the same repertoire. Study early Italian opera in the very place it was created. Access to the precious collection of ancient books, scores and manuscript of the Conservatorio Cherubini Library.

Patrizia Vaccari (vocal style and technique in early music) Gianni Fabbrini, Ester Castriota (vocal coach) Alfonso Fedi, Santina Tomasello (baroque vocal ensemble)

Subjects (for Erasmus learning agreement):

  • Voice and vocal interpretation (Prassi esecutiva e repertorio: canto), 1 weekly 1-to-1 lesson – 9 ECTS
  • Vocal repertoire coaching with accompanist (Pratica del repertorio vocale), 1 weekly 1-to-1 lesson – 3 ECTS
  • Acting (Seminario “Il corpo vero”), group class (15-30 October), 45 hours, 3 ECTS
  • Opera class (Teoria e tecnica dell’interpretazione scenica), group class, 45 hours, 3 ECTS
  • Italian language diction (Dizione), group class, 24 hours, 2 ECTS
  • Italian language (Lingua italiana), group class, 30 hours, 2 ECTS
  • Optional: Choir and vocal ensembles (Musica vocale d’insieme e repertorio corale), group class, 30 hours 2 ECTS
  • Optional: Italian Art song interpretation (Musica vocale da camera), group class, 30 hours, 2 ECTS

Optional: Baroque solo vocal repertoire and Baroque vocal ensemble (Musica d’insieme per voci e strumenti antichi), group class, 30 hours 2 ECTS

Further information: http://www.conservatorio.firenze.it/it/formazione/international/erasmus

Description of final examination:

Performance of a 45 minutes recital (including at least an early operatic scene) in front of a jury.

Possible extras:

on request, a short programme incl. city tour(s) concentrating on special 'musical' aspects of the city: Palazzo Pitti (where the first opera ever was staged in 1600, Peri's "L'Euridice"), Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori (historic pianos), Museo degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, etc.

Activity: Performance, Training
Academy of music: Florence
Language training: Italian
Student: Singers

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