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Welcome to the 2021 Edition of “Si parla, si canta”

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 Piemonte and Lombardia regions of Italy. One of our concerts will be performedd with the Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia of Novara.

Located in the breathtakingly beautiful and ancient city of Arona, situated right on Lago Maggiore, “Si parla, si canta” offers Italian language classes for students at every level, from the beginner to the very advanced. Over the course of our 6-week program, participants experience an impressive 132 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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Enjoy the visual beauty of Arona, the home of “Si parla, si canta”.


Click here to view a longer video about Arona in Italian!


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

In the FOUR-WEEK PROGRAM (June 12 – July 10, 2021), 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 master classes, aria concerts, and personalized sessions in Alexander Technique.

Three operatic scene concerts, including one with orchestra, are presented in a variety of lovely venues. Participants will attend a performance either in Milano’s La Scala opera house or in the Teatro Regio in Torino (depending on the repertoire and the availability of tickets).

In the SIX-WEEK PROGRAM (June 12 – July 24, 2021), 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. The six-week program also includes further private coachings, master classes, and an exciting concert in the Casa di Riposo per Musicisti in Milano, the retirement home for musicians founded and funded by Giuseppe Verdi himself.


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