Italian workshop 'Lirica' - The language of Puccini - Taalhuis Amsterdam

Italian workshop ‘Lirica’ – The language of Puccini

In May 2024 the National Dutch Opera will perform Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini, a good occasion to dedicate an evening to the world of Italian opera and more specifically: the work of Puccini.

Join Elena in this workshop, that combines Italian language and opera, as she guides you through the different works of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. We will start with discovering the world of Puccini, discussing the context, some plots, characters, and, most importantly, the language of his masterpieces. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice your Italian while being immersed in beautiful pieces of Italian culture, listening to the different arie, watching videos, reading about the history, and talking about your preferences.

These are the main operas that will be discussed:
– La Bohème
– Tosca
– Il Trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi)
– Madame Butterfly
– Turandot

About tonight’s teacher:
Originally from Campania, Elena Crescenzo has been living in Amsterdam since 2014. For the past couple of years, she has been teaching Italian and organizing workshops on Italian culture, with a particular focus on books. She founded the Italian library for children in Amsterdam ‘I Libri Volanti’, on a voluntary basis. And she promotes Italian literature with a special interest in emerging authors with her online bookstore ‘La Corrente – Met en Voor’.

Elena has taken various creative writing courses and is an avid reader and she strongly believes in the value of words and storytelling in general. Other passions of hers are theatre, in particular the Opera, and traveling.


This workshop is in Italian and is suitable for students with level B1 an higher. It takes place between 17:00 and 20:00 – you can register below.

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