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Sing in the New Year with Orchestra in Arona, Italy!

Arona, Italy“Si parla, si canta” is introducing its first ever Holiday Edition this winter.

The program runs from December 28, 2018 through January 12, 2019 and takes place in Arona, Italy on beautiful Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Swiss Alps. Click here to learn more about Arona.

The Faculty

The esteemed faculty includes: Benton Hess, Artistic Director, Diction Instructor; Thomas Baird, Alexander Technique Specialist; Beatrice Benzi, Vocal Coach; Patrizia Ciofi, soprano; Brett Hodgdon, Vocal Coach; Hugh Murphy, Vocal Coach and Federico Sacchi, basso.

Click here to view Faculty photos and bios.

Enrollment is limited. Applications must be received by November 1, 2018. Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the Holiday Edition brochure.

For more information, contact siparlasicanta@aol.com.


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Arona, ItalySpecial Features of the Holiday Edition

  • Bus transfer from Milan’s Malpensa Airport to Arona
  • A complete (semester’s worth) Italian diction course
  • Daily coachings and musical rehearsals
  • New Year’s Day Concert with Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia di Novara
  • Master classes
  • Excursions
  • “Music of our Homeland” Concert
  • Special final concert at the famous Casa di Riposo per Musicisti in Milano, founded and funded by Giuseppe Verdi himself.
  • Return bus transfer from Arona to Malpensa Airport
  • Reasonably priced housing options

Tuition Costs

The tuition for the entire program is based on the kind of housing you desire. Options are a single or a shared room in either a fully-appointed apartment or in a hotel.

If you choose to stay in a shared room in an apartment, the entire cost of the program will be $2,650 (USD), payable upon acceptance.

If you choose to stay in a single room in an apartment, the entire cost of the program will be $2,810 (USD), payable upon acceptance.

If you choose to stay in a shared room in a hotel, the entire cost of the program will be $3,165 (USD), payable upon acceptance.

If you choose to stay in a single room in a hotel, the entire cost of the program will be $3,429 (USD), payable upon acceptance.


Photos courtesy of Luca Caramella


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