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Welcome to "Si parla, si canta" 2018 in Urbania, Italy

Benton Hess, Artistic Director, Si parla, si canta
Benton Hess, Artistic Director
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“Si parla, si canta” is an exceptional program dedicated to furthering the talented young singer’s knowledge of the Italian language, repertoire, culture, and bel canto style. Participants of “Si parla, si canta” have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty and to perform in some of the most cherished venues of the Marche region of Italy.

At the heart of “Si parla, si canta” is Centro Studi Italiani, the prestigious Italian language school, one of the most respected institutions of its kind in the world. Located in the enchanting medieval town of Urbania, Italy, Centro Studi Italiani offers Italian classes to students at every level, from the beginner to the very advanced. Over the course of our 6-week program, participants experience an impressive 115 hours of Italian class.

Click here to read Testimonials from Metropolitan Opera stars, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Kathryn Lewek, Donovan Singletary and former students.


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“Si parla, si canta” offers three possible program plans:

In the FOUR-WEEK PROGRAM (June 2 – June 30, 2018), besides daily intensive Italian language classes, participants are coached in operatic scenes they have been assigned. In addition, each participant receives a minimum of two private musical coachings per week with members of our elite faculty, to work on Italian arias and art songs of their own choosing. Other opportunities include masterclasses, aria concerts, dance classes, and personalized Alexander Technique.

Three operatic scene recital concerts are presented in spectacular venues: the first takes place in the imposing 13th century Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico. The second is given in the beautiful Teatro Sanzio in Urbino, and the third takes place in our “home” theatre, the enchanting 19th century Teatro Bramante in Urbania.

In the SIX-WEEK PROGRAM (June 2 – July 14, 2018), participants receive all the offerings of the four-week program. In addition, the last two weeks serve as an intensive period of study, in which participants are challenged to apply tools they have acquired in the first four weeks. New repertoire is assigned, coached, and performed. In addition, the six-week program includes further individual coachings, master classes, and an exciting excursion to Venice and Verona, highlighted by the chance to see an operatic performance at the historic Arena di Verona.

EIGHT-WEEK PROGRAM (June 2 – July 28, 2018). This exciting new curriculum is what we are calling the “fast track to fluency.” The eight-week participants will experience the first six weeks of the program as described above, but will stay on for an additional two weeks in a course of study specifically designed for them. Italian classes will continue, of course, but the musical component will be different. Participants will receive DAILY private coaching, and at least two private Alexander Technique sessions per week. The more advanced singers may choose to use this time to learn a new operatic role in its entirety. Other singers may decide to explore new repertoire or make their Italian audition arias truly “bullet-proof.” The possibilities are boundless!


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