PAR 2. Opera buffa in the 18th Century (singers)

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

ERASMUS students (SMS and STT) may choose a mobility within one semester (or both):

  • Winter semester: 1st October 2022 – 2nd week of February 2023
  • Sprig semester: 3rd week of February 2023 – 30th June 2023

Description of the module:

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one entire opera from eighteenth-century Opera Buffa’s repertoire: Pergolesi, Cimarosa, Paisiello or Rossini (preferably his “Farces in one act”).

  • Analysis, study and full understanding of the libretto(s) and character(s) chosen.
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in Opera Buffa repertoire.
  • Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
  • Specific lessons on Recitativo.
  • 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.

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building Opera Buffa characters (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Special focus on Recitativo.

Kind of voice:

All kind of voices suited for Opera Buffa repertoire.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

A full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. Choice of repertoire (title and characters) according to student’s needs. Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory (from all over the world) 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, the Museo dell’Opera, the Casa della Musica etc).

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Romano Franceschetto, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach)
  • Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor’s work)
  • Riccardo Mascia (Recitativo coach, Score and Repertoire)
  • Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire)

Possible extras beside 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.

Opportunity to join English course level B1or B2 in second semester.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students:

Max 5

Number of teaching/production hours:

60 hours of teaching (individual lessons + group lessons) per semester

Number of ECTS within master accreditation:

Min 24 ECTS/semester (but possibly increasing according to the Learning Agreement)

Entrance examination:

Online examination through the Application, that needs to include:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos (at least one of them from the Opera Buffa repertoire)
  • Motivational letter (optional)
  • Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

    ERASMUS students (STT) may choose a mobility of minimum 3 – maximum 6 months during the academic year 2022-2023

    Description of the EOA Module:

    This module offers an entirely specific traineeship for piano accompaniment of voice and opera scenes, designed for pianists who consider a future in the world of opera by adding to their curriculum a first work experience in this various and challenging environment. Trainees will accompany singers on the piano in different settings:

    • singing lessons,
    • scenic interpretation lessons,
    • staging
    • preparation for exams and concerts and during public performances. This always under supervision of a tutor.

    The goal is to improve the knowledge of opera repertoire and to practice the specific skills requested.

    The trainee will receive weekly tasks from the coordinator of piano accompaniment.

    A module for professional pianists who wish to broaden their knowledge of the operatic repertoire in compliance with all the specific attitudes. With a full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. To exercise, develop and improve their skills as a pianist in accompanying different voice parts.

    Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

    A full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. To exercise, develop and improve their skills as a pianist in accompanying different voice parts.

    Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory.

    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, Teatro Regio, etc.).

    Name of the professors of the module:

    • Nicola Mottaran (Coordinator of Piano accompaniment)
    • Fabio Ferrucci (Tutor)
    • Teaching staff (Piano Accompaniment Teachers) from the Singing and Music Theatre Department of the Conservatory.

    Possible extras:

    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 worldrenowned Teatro Regio, the beautiful Teatro Farnese (17th century), the Casa del Suono, etc.

    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.

    Open for: 1-5 piano students

    Number of teaching hours:

    Semester 200 hours (about 10 hours per week)

    Number of ECTS within master accreditation:

    Depending to the effective number of hours done

    Entrance examination

    Online examination through the Application, that needs to include:

    • CV
    • Repertoire
    • Videos
    • Motivational letter (optional)

    Description of final examination:

    30 minutes performance in piano accompaniment of voice (and/or opera scenes)

    Teaching language:

    Italian – minimum A2 to be improved

    English – B2

    Total expenses of the EOA module:

    ERASMUS students (STT) only. No extra fees.

Description of the final examination:

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

Teaching language:

Italian – minimum A2 to be improved

English – B2

Total expenses of the EOA modul per student:

ERASMUS students only.

No extra fees.

Module Code : PAR 2
Institution : Parma
Dates : October 2022 – February 2023 OR February 2023 – June 2023
Student : Singer
Language : Italian / English
Activity : Acting / Performance / Training
Module Type : Language-specific repertoire studies