Study in Italy
A Music and Language Program in Urbino, Italy
Dates: May 25 to June 17th, 2017
Heather and Edward Crafts, Directors
Opera in Concert in Italy 2016 concluded to great acclaim at an al fresco concert in the historic courtyard of the Casa della Poesia in Urbino. The 2017 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 (former Metropolitan Opera, Opera in Concert, Dallas) – voice and stage direction
Stephen Dubberly (University of North Texas, Fort Worth Opera) – conductor 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:
- Weekend trip to Ravenna and Venice, (transportation, hotel with breakfast included)
- Day trip to Gubbio (transportation included)
- Italian cooking class (transportation, class fee and dinner included)
- Italian wine tour with a seaside dinner (transportation and dinner included)
Auditions will be held in Dallas in December. Applications are available on our website, operainconcert.org, or by E-mailing Edward Crafts at email@example.com. Scholarships will be awarded based on audition results. Deadline for application is January 15, 2017.
Application: To access the online application form, please click here.
The cost of this program is $3895. Included in the price are:
- Italian classes and textbooks
- Private voice lessons and coachings
- Housing at the double room rate
- Two meals a day Monday-Friday
- Local bus transportation in Urbino
Provided at the double 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an audition appointment.