Italian Phonetics for Opera Singers

This five-lesson course focuses on Italian pronunciation and phonetics via the reading and analysis of famous Italian opera pieces.

The course is suitable for anyone engaged in opera singing, both amateur and professional, who wishes to learn or enhance their pronunciation of the Italian language. After an initial familiarization with the alphabet and the syllables – with special emphasis on more complex sounds such as “r”, “gli”, and “s/z” – the lesson will proceed to examine a selection of chosen opera pieces from the Italian tradition, focusing on the correct enunciation of the words and their subsequent musical adaptation.

No prior knowledge of Italian is required, as the course will be held in English and all materials will be both English and Italian, for an easier understanding. All participants will be provided with music scores and bilingual lyrics of all the pieces analyzed during the course.

Opera pieces that will be covered include:

  • “O sole mio”, Di Capua, Mazzucchi
  • “Caro mio ben”, Giuseppe Giordani
  • “Libiam ne’ lieti calici”, Giuseppe Verdi
  • “Va’ pensiero”, Giuseppe Verdi

Date: Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March 2023

Time: 7:30 – 9 pm

Venue: Dante Alighieri Society in Hong Kong

Fee: $1500, $1350 DA members

To join the workshop, please fill in the form below.

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    Payment methods: By postMoney transferIn person

    1. By post
    You can send us a crossed cheque made payable to “Dante Alighieri Society Limited” to Room 702, 7/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    2. Money transfer
    You can transfer the fee to our HSBC account and email us the transfer slip for our reference. (Bank details will be sent to you upon receipt of your enrollment)
    3. In person
    You can come to our office and pay for it by cash (exact amount), EPS or cheque payable to “Dante Alighieri Society Limited” during our office hours. (no credit card)

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