Opera Seme

Opera Seme 2021 | June 20 – July 18

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About Opera Seme

A collaboration between Friends University (KS), Chapman University (CA) and Spazio Seme, an International Artistic Center located in Arezzo, Tuscany, 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
J. Bradley Baker,Tarleton State University

Masterclass Guest Faculty

Slavka Taskova Paoletti, Teatro alla Scala
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

  • Apply HERE
  • Applications deadline: February 1
  • Final acceptance and deposit deadline: March 1
  • Final payment deadline: June 1

Cost

  • Voice and Piano program (Includes all musical activities, Italian classes, lodging in Arezzo, breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and 2 weekend excursions): $4000
  • 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: $120 per credit hour
  • Airfare, ground transportation to Arezzo, and food during travel, weekends, and evenings is estimated to be an additional – $1500-2000

Questions

Please direct any questions to Dr. Matthew Schloneger at matthew_schloneger@friends.edu or call 316-295-5565.