OPERA SEME | International program of voice


International résidence program of voice

Friends University | Chapman University (CA) and Spazio Seme

A collaboration between Friends University, Chapman University (CA) and Spazio Seme, an International Artistic Center located in Arezzo, Tuscany, Opera Seme will include:

  • Faculty:
  • Italian opera scenes preparation culminating a final public performance
  • Two voice lessons each week with an exceptional voice teacher
  • One vocal coaching each week with a native Italian opera coach
  • 4 weeks of Italian language classes at the Alpha British Center in Arezzo
    • 90-minutes, 5 days a week
    • 4 credit hrs of Italian I or Italian 2 through Friends University
  • 4 full weeks on site, including 29 days lodging at the Diocesan Seminary in Arezzo
  • Breakfast and Lunch each weekday (20 days)
  • Two organized, guided weekend excursions
    • A day at the seaside on the Tyrrhenian coast (Argentario, Grosseto)
    • A day in the city of Florence


Sunday, June 14 – Arrive in Arezzo, orientation, check in to lodging
Monday, June 15 – Friday, July 10 – Program Activities
Saturday, July 11 – Final Public Performance
Sunday, July 12 – Check Out


The final cost will vary based on exchange rates and total number of participating students. At least 15 students must enroll for the program to take place (all institutions). Current cost estimates are as follows:

  • Opera program (Includes all musical activities, Italian classes, lodging in Arezzo, breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and 2 weekend excursions): $4000
  • Italian 1 or 2 Credit through Friends University(optional): $460
  • Airfare, ground transportation to Arezzo, and food during travel, weekends, and evenings is estimated to be an additional – $1500-2000
  • Total estimated cost – $5500 – $6400
  • Payments: $1600 due Feb 1 1, $1200 due March 13, remaining balance due June 1


Please fill out the following form to register.


Gianni Bruschi

Gianni TeatroGianni Bruschi is one of the founding members and one of the artistic directors of Spazio Seme – International Artistic Center in Arezzo. There he teaches theatre, voice, and expressive movement. He has a degree in Italian Literature and History of Theatre from the University of Siena. He was awarded the status of “Expert of Education” in a professional profile of the Tuscany Region and European Community. He is Professional Counselor at the Institute of Psychosynthesis of Roberto Assagioli in Florence.

He studied Belcanto and Opera with Slavka Taskova Paoletti, with whom he collaborated at the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo for the Polifonico Internazionale (Guidoneum Festival). As a Spazio Seme manager is also member of OIDA (Orchestra In-Stabile di Arezzo). A singer and an actor, he attended training courses with many Italian and foreign artists like Giulia Lazzarini (Piccolo Teatro Milano), Ariane Mnouchkine (ARTA, Paris), Kaya Anderson (Centre Artistique International Roy Hart), and worked with Loriano della Rocca (performer Cricot 2 of Tadeusz Kantor), Han Arai (Han Mime Kobo, Tokyo), Sergio Pisapia Fiore (CNT – Centro Nazionale Teatrale). He held concerts in festivals around Italy and various Mediterranean countries such as France, Egypt, Morocco, Albania, Greece, Tunisia where he also directed artistic workshops and intercultural courses. Besides working in the production of concerts and touring around Italy and abroad, he directs music ensemble and shows. His teaching work on voice, theatre, and dance is related, in particular, to the symbols and practices of the ancient Italian and Mediterranean culture. In 2004 he directed “Daqqua et Tarantelle au service de l’exchange culturel” in Morocco, with the support of the European Community. He performed, managed and taught in Tunisia from 2003 to 2007 (Festivals de Eljem), Spain, United States and India. Since 2006 he is a teacher at the Accademia dell’Arte, European Theatre Vocal and Dance. In 2010, working as Artistic Director of the Spring Dance program at the ADA, he led some important stagecraft workshops at the University of Boston (Boston, US), at the Muhlenberg College (Philadelphia, US) and at the Goucher College (Baltimore, US). In 2017 he was invited to the Festival International de Musique Shynphonique, since 1985 in the Great Roman Amphitheatre of Eljem in Tunisia, to sing with the Orchestre Synphonique Tunisien directed by Hafed Makni.



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