Opera was born in Italy in the first half of the 17th century. Since its origins until the Wagnerian lyrical theatre and the consequent establishment of the "national schools" all over the world (except for France) and the experience of the "Singspiel" in Germany, Opera has not spoken other language except Italian. For that reason, professional singers or simply lovers may find profitable learning Italian language through the opera works.
The course “Italian language in the Opera” is for all the students who wish to start or improve their language skills in Italian language starting from a text reference of any opera works from the origins to the present day (levels 1 and 2). The text can be suggested by the same participant; the teacher will guide the student to the comprehension of the text and the linguistic peculiarities of the musical period.
This activity will be carried out both by the language teacher and by the musical expert who will deepen historical, poetic, stylistic, formal and harmonic music aspects of the chosen text. This task will be achieved through guided listenings, musical examples and analysis of the score.
The course is articulated into three levels:
Level 1: The course is mainly based on learning pronunciation and vocabulary. It takes place in a practical and pleasant contest through direct analysis of opera librettos, lexical and grammatical contents and listening to the most significant arias.
Prerequisites: no language or musical competence is required.
Level 2: The course deepens the knowledge of the specific vocabulary of the Opera and provides a descriptive and critical reading of the work (analysis of characters, dramatic structure, poetic forms). It provides tools to analyze the historical and cultural location of the operas examined. Listening to the meaningful songs.
Prerequisites: basic capacity of reading music, elements of music theory, knowledge of specific musical vocabulary (in English).
Level 3: The course examines the language of music criticism and provides a panorama of the history of music with particular emphasis on the history of Opera in Italy and Europe from 1600 to realism: movements, styles, the most famous composers and their major works, singers and well known directors. Listening to the most significant parts.
Prerequisites: knowledge of texts of Italian Opera of different historical periods. Understanding of history and music elements, musical skills, adequate knowledge of music theory and specific musical vocabulary (in English).