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Accademia Europea di Firenze: Opera Directing Course

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination: Italy  
Specialty: University Study Abroad
School Season: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Course Level: Undergratuate
Languages Used in Teaching: English
Min Price: 580 Euro (EUR) per course
Max Price: 580 Euro (EUR) per course
Scholarship Availability: No
Subject Areas: Music

The AEF is an Italian art, music, culinary, culture and language school located in the very heart of historic Florence, enabling students to fully experience the true musical legacy of the place where classical music was born and where contemporary music is rooted. A great number of musicians; both professionals and amateurs alike, come to the Accademia Europea di Firenze searching for a place to channel and develop their musical abilities.

We offer Opera Directing courses for students of all levels of knowledge. The school is located in the very heart of the city that enabled classical music to grow and develop as it was the city to have the most investments in this area, centuries ago the city had dozens of theaters and amphitheaters built in excellence, which today stand as monuments of a culture devoted to their love for classical music. The Accademia Europea di Firenze also embraces this love and offers the Opera directing course for amateurs and professionals alike, who have a passion for this art form and seek to acquire the necessary techniques to plan, organize and execute an Opera.

The course is recognized for the competence of its teachers and excellence of its structure, as well as for its ability to create a friendly environment where students can openly discuss their ideas and opinions on the topics presented in class. The course starts off with topics concerning general problems such as: lighting, stage sets, libretto and stage directions; this part of the course is taught by a stage director. The course illustrates the path of getting the production to stage, through the actual interpretation of the libretto and the musical score.

Upon finishing the Melodrama course with passing marks students will be given a diploma recognizing their achievements during the course. Each course will study a different opera, according to the following calendar:
- January: Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini
- February: Norma by V. Bellini
- March: L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti
- April: Rigoletto by G. Verdi
- May: La traviata by G. Verdi
- June: Otello by G. Verdi
- July: Manon Lescaut by G. Puccini
- August: La bohème by G. Puccini
- September: Trittico by G. Puccini
- October: Turandot by G. Puccini
- November: Pagliacci by R. Leoncavallo
- December: Cavalleria rusticana by P. Mascagni.

Faculty Information:
The instructors are highly experienced opera directors who are currently active in the Italian opera scene, and have directed many important operas in their decades of career, and they are willing to share this knowledge with aspiring directors and professional directors.

Other Activities:
Aside from regular courses our school offers a rich program of optional language and cultural activities (concerts, seminars, films, visits to museums and farms) as well as extra-curricular and recreational activities (parties, dinners, food and wine tasting, sports, etc.) which are offered every week to ensure the enjoyment and cultural fulfillment of the students.

Facility Information:
Our students can choose from among the following types of accommodations:
- Private apartment. This is the best option for those who want to be completely autonomous and free to host friends and family. All apartments are furnished and equipped with kitchen utensils.
- Student apartment. This option allows students to share an apartment with other students (foreign and Italian). Apartments are well equipped and furnished.
- Family-stay. Living with an Italian family is a good way to practice the language and experience the Italian way of life. All families are used to hosting foreign students and willing to share with you their daily routines and traditions.
- Other solutions. It is also possible to reserve accommodations in pensions, hotels, residence or religious institutions.

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