OPERA SEME 2022 | International program of voice


2022 | June 26 – July 25

International Program of Voice

Friends University Chapman University & Spazio Seme 

 

CLICK HERE to apply

 

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About Opera Seme

A collaboration between Friends University (KS), Chapman University (CA) and Spazio Seme (Tuscany), an International Artistic Center located in Arezzo, Opera Seme’s mission is to give singers and pianists an immersive Italian experience through language study, cultural exploration, lessons, coachings, masterclasses, special topics workshops, and performances. All singers accepted into the program are guaranteed to perform an entire role.

 

About Arezzo

The ideal place to soak up Tuscany’s ambiance while bypassing the region’s crowded cities, Arezzo is the hometown of Guido d’Arezzo, the father of modern Western musical notation, and is just over an hour outside of Florence, the birthplace of opera. Located in picturesque southeastern Tuscany, the city of just under 100,000 boasts a wide range of sites to see including fortresses, monuments, churches, museums, and ancient Roman archeological ruins.

 

Faculty

Dr. Matthew Schloneger, Friends University

Dr. Jen Stephenson, Baylor University

Dr. J. Bradley Baker, Tarleton State University

Dr. Gianni Bruschi , Spazio Seme

 

Masterclass Guest Faculty

Slavka Taskova Paoletti, Fondazione Guido D’Arezzo

Claire Singher, Opernhaus Zürich

Alison Trainer, Furman University

Adriana Zabala, Yale University

 

Program Features

  • 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 to:
    • The Italian seaside on the Tyrrhenian coast (Argentario, Grosseto)
    • Florence

 

Curriculum: Voice Program

  • All singers accepted into the program are guaranteed to perform an entire mainstage opera role in a fully staged production.
  • Track I:
    • Two voice lessons each week with an exceptional voice teacher
    • One vocal coaching each week with a native Italian opera coach
  • Track II:
    • Two vocal coachings each week on audition repertoire and role preparation
    • 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
    • Optional 4 credit hours of Italian I or Italian II through Friends University
  • Twelve masterclasses on vocal technique, audition techniques, and career preparation
  • Weekly special topics workshops on acting technique, Commedia dell’arte, voice science, Bel Canto repertoire and style

 

Curriculum: Piano Program

  • Two weekly repertoire and Italian language coachings with coaching faculty
  • One weekly voice lesson with voice faculty
  • Give four weekly observed coachings to program singers with feedback from coaching faculty
  • Play two masterclasses with feedback from coaching faculty
  • Play opera rehearsals and performances as assigned, with many opportunities to coach
  • 4 weeks of Italian language classes at the Alpha British Center in Arezzo
    • 90-minutes, 5 days a week
    • Optional 4 credit hours of Italian I or Italian II through Friends University
  • Twelve masterclasses on vocal technique, audition techniques, and career preparation
  • Weekly special topics workshops on score preparation, Commedia dell’arte, voice science, Bel Canto repertoire and style

 

Application Requirements

  • Click HERE to apply
  • Video Audition and Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Final acceptance and deposit deadline: February 15, 2022
  • Final payment deadline: June 1, 2022

 

Cost

Voice and Piano program (Includes all musical activities, Italian classes, lodging in Arezzo, breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and 2 weekend excursions): $4200

Optional: Italian 1 or 2 (4 credit hours) through Friends University: $560

Optional: Voice Performance and Opera Workshop (1 credit hour each) through Friends University: $250 per credit hour

Airfare, ground transportation to Arezzo, and food during travel, weekends, and evenings is estimated to be an additional – $1500-2000

 

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