Italian Opera

Italian Opera

Much of the fascination attributed to Italian is due to its harmony and musicality.
In which other languages if not this, could the lyrical opera be born?
Music, song and theater at the height of their expressiveness and beauty, are the components of this extraordinary form of art that has always contributed to making Italian appreciated and studied all over the world.

For this indissoluble link between opera and the language, the idea of this course is born, conceived for those who already have a knowledge of Italian and would like to deepen it in step with the deepening of some of the most famous lyrical masterpieces.

A journey in six lessons, each dedicated to a different work of the 1800s and to its composer, chosen among the six most illustrious Italian names – Puccini, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Mascagni, Donizetti.

In each meeting our Italian teachers, Anna and Paula, will talk about the historical context, the figure of the author and the plot of the work. Of course, there will be enough space to listen and study some of the most famous arias.

The course is in Italian. To secure interesting conversations and dynamic in the group Italian B1 level is a prerequisite for enrolling for the Opera series.
The “lessons” are on Sunday afternoons from 16-18 o clock at Muiderstraat 24. 

Opera: Puccini - La Bohème

La bohème is an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger.

The world premiere of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year, 1897, in Los Angeles. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 24 March

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Paula

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Puccini - La Bohème

Opera: Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 14 April

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Anna

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia

Opera: Verdi - La traviata

La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The opera was originally titled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.

Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice insisted that it be set in the past, "c. 1700". It was not until the 1880s that the composer and librettist's original wishes were carried out and "realistic" productions were staged. La traviata has become immensely popular and is the most frequently performed of all operas.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 12 May

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Anna

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Verdi - La traviata

Opera: Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana

Cavalleria rusticana (in Italian for "rustic chivalry") is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from an 1880 short story of the same name and subsequent play by Giovanni Verga. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on 17 May 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 19 May

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Paula

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana

Opera: Bellini - Norma

Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L'infanticide (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. It was first produced at La Scala in Milan on 26 December 1831.

The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre, and the soprano prayer Casta diva in Act I is a famous piece. Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and, in the 2007 Biondi-Minasi critical edition based on Bellini's autograph score, Cecilia Bartoli.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 26 May

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Anna

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Bellini - Norma

Opera: Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore

Written in haste in a six-week period, L'elisir d'amore was the most often performed opera in Italy between 1838 and 1848 and has remained continually in the international opera repertory. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas: it appears as number 13 on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide in the five seasons between 2008 and 2013. There are a large number of recordings. It contains the popular tenor aria "Una furtiva lagrima", a romanza that has a considerable performance history in the concert hall.

15,- EUR

Sunday, 2 June

16:00 - 18:00

Muiderstraat 24

Presenter: Paula

Minimum required level for participants is Italian B1.

Register for Italian Opera, Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore

The full Opera Course (6 lessons)

Come and enjoy the complete course.
If you buy the package 1 lesson is free of charge.

March 24, 2019 Puccini - La Bohème
April 14, 2019 Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia
May 12, 2019 Verdi - La traviata
May 19, 2019 Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana
May 26, 2019 Bellini - Norma
June 2, 2019 Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore

75,- EUR

March - June 2019

Register for Italian Opera, Full Opera Course