Study in Italy

Opera in Concert in Italy 2021

May 20 to June 12, 2021

Heather and Edward Crafts, Directors


Opera in Concert in Italy 2019 concluded to great acclaim at an al fresco concert in the historic courtyard of the Casa della Poesia in Urbino. The 2020 edition of Opera in Concert in Italy will be accepting a maximum of 14 serious singers for a personalized experience in Italian language, music and culture. Individual attention is guaranteed with at least two voice lessons and two coachings per week.  All singers will perform on all scheduled concerts.

Urbino, a famous historic city and UNESCO world heritage site located in the Marche region of Italy, is an ideal place for young artists to develop vocal and performance skills, increase their language competency, interact with local Italians and international students, and experience Italian culture first-hand. Nestled in the foothills of central Italy near the Adriatic coast, Urbino’s highlights include a 19th-century opera house, a 14th-century ducal palace and the home of the famous artist, Raphael. Language classes will take place at the University of Urbino.

Opera in Concert in Italy has four components: Italian language study, vocal and dramatic coaching, performances and organized excursions/cultural events.


Students will have 18-20 hours per week of Italian language study. Classes will be held in the mornings Monday through Friday, under the auspices of Lingua Ideale. Students who successfully complete this intensive three-week language course can receive 6 college credits through the University of Urbino. It will be the student’s responsibility to arrange credit with their university, as each school has its own protocol for transferring credits.

Vocal and Dramatic Coaching

In the afternoons, students will receive musical and dramatic coaching on Italian opera arias, duets, and song repertoire. Each singer will receive at least two voice lessons and two coachings per week. Several master classes will be presented on a variety of topics.


Massimo Sabbatini (Rossini Festival) – conductor and coach

Heather Ross (Opera in Concert, Dallas) – voice and stage direction

Edward Crafts (Opera in Concert, Dallas, former Metropolitan Opera) – voice and stage direction

Stephen Dubberly (University of North Texas) music director and coach


All participants will have opportunities to perform arias, songs, duets or scenes in concerts throughout the region. Previous concert venues have included ancient castles, 19th-century theaters and other historic buildings.


Excursions/Cultural Events included in the program fee:


Applications are available on our website,, or by E-mailing Edward Crafts at  This year we will be accepting audition material by online link only. Scholarships will be awarded based on audition results. Deadline for application is January 15, 2021.

Application: To access the online application form, please click HERE.


The cost of this program is $3995. Due to the recent health crisis, some changes to the offerings may take place. We will keep you up to date as soon as we are aware of any changes. At this time, the items included in the price are:


Provided at the double-occupancy room rate in a hotel with air-conditioning, swimming pool and Wi-Fi, with two meals included Monday-Friday. Single rooms may be available on request depending on availability; if available, there will be a supplemental charge.


Airfare is not included and is the responsibility of each participant. Participants will be met at Bologna Airport and assisted with transportation to Urbino.

Contact Edward Crafts at for more information and an audition appointment.