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The Country of Belcanto - Summer school

The Country of Belcanto

The Language of Opera from the text to the stage

Immerse yourself in the world of Opera: two weeks of study focused on the language of melodrama, with readings, video-lessons and guided listening.

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Percorso sul belcanto


A Linguistic and cultural journey offered to admirers of Belcanto. Italian Language as you have never seen it…or heard it!

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The excellence of the Italian University and the advantage of online learning! Study and meet your teachers on a reserved learning platform.

Almost all know the words of Nessun dorma. The most beloved Arias of Opera cross time and space, transforming sometimes their meaning.

The emotion of the Tenor Luciano Pavarotti as well as of the audience is palpable in this video. In 2006 the famous and several times performed Aria from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot left the theatres to reach the Turin Winter Olympic Games.

"At dawn, I will win" stirs up the sports community. How many know that in the original work the Canto comes from Prince Calaf, who was the only survivor of the terrible game of the three enigmas that took the lives of all other suitors of Queen Turandot?

By reading, listening and learning to put into context the most famous Arias, the Summer School “The Country of Belcanto” will give you the chance to understand the relation between words and music of Opera


General information

The Summer School is addressed to genuine fans of Opera and Italian Language who wish to take an immersive and complete journey in the language of melodrama. University enrolment or specific qualifications are not required.

Proficiency in Italian equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is highly recommended. Interaction in English is allowed.

“The Country of Belcanto” is a short course with focus on Linguistics, History and Culture. Topics and activities cover the following areas:

  • Italian Literature, History of Language, Stylistics and Metrics
  • History of Music, Voices of Melodrama and Opera Librettos
  • Guided listening activities and contextualization of famous Arias

The academic standard of the Program is provided by University Professors who have authored the teaching materials and the lessons by video-conference.

Educational activities will be held in the first two weeks of September (September 2-15). Enrolments open in June and close at the end of July. The Summer School will be held online. All activities will take place in a virtual classroom on the ICoN learning platform and will be divided in two sections:

  • September, 2-8

    Self-reading and listening activities on the ICoN learning platform, with no restrictions of days or time.

  • September, 9-15

    Lessons and workshops held by University Professors from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. (Rome Time Zone).

  • Michelangelo Zaccarello
    Michelangelo Zaccarello

    Michelangelo Zaccarello is full Professor of Italian Philology at the University of Pisa and is member of the most relevant Associations of Italian Scholars and Philologists. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, University of Cambridge (UK), University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University. He is co-editor of Textual Cultures and is a member of the Academic Board of several journals and study centres. His main research interests are focused on Dante, the philology of Italian texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Digital Humanities.

    Alessandro Cecchi
    Alessandro Cecchi

    Alessandro Cecchi is Associate Professor of Musicology and History of Music at the University of Pisa. His main areas of research are the history of musical theories and twentieth-century music, with focus on musical theatre, film music, culture and media. He is Director of the Scientific Board of the Editorial series (NeoClassica), for which he edited several collections. He edited online resources for the teaching of Music, included in the Project Online Introduction to the thought and practices of Music, authored and directed by Talia Pecker Berio (University of Siena).

    • € 350 Early Bird enrolment by July, 10
    • € 400 Enrolment by July, 31

    A deposit of €100 within one week from enrolment is mandatory. Enrolment fees include access to the learning platform, to online lessons and download of materials. The ICoN Consortium will provide a final certificate of attendance.

    To reserve your place, please fill-out the form at the bottom of this page. The ICoN staff will contact you by email to let you complete your enrolment procedure.

    Remember that in order to validate your enrolment you will need to pay a deposit of €100, as indicated above. The deposit can be paid via bank transfer or with credit card. Paying methods and further details will be sent by email.


    Fragments of History...


    Book your place now for the “The Country of Belcanto” Summer School: fill out the pre-enrolment form here below and prepare yourself to experience your immersion in the world of Opera.

    The end term for enrollment is July 31.
    By filling out this form, you express your interest in this course and authorize us to contact you in order to complete your enrolment procedure. Your participation will be officially registered after the payment of the enrolment fee.

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