Italian courses for opera students





The Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival takes place every summer in the picturesque city of Urbania, located in the Marche region of central Italy, and has certain features and characteristics that make it different from all other festivals.  It is designed for young singers and instrumentalists wishing to learn the Italian language while improving their musical skills.


The mission of the festival is:

  • To promote the study and the performance of Italian operatic/chamber music;
  • To promote knowledge, cooperation, and exchange programmes amongst lovers of Italian music;
  • To offer new opportunities to talented young artists wishing to specialise in the Italian repertoire.


The festival is the artistic synthesis and expression of the different types of programmes designed for vocalists, instrumentalists, and pianists/coaches/accompanists. Programmes normally last 4-6 weeks, but the 3 week option is occasionally available and take place in Urbania, Italy. All include Italian language, conversation, and culture classes for a total of 21 hours per week.  All vocal programmes include individual coaching sessions with particular emphasis on Italian art song and/or operatic repertoire.

Each summer, vocal master classes are presented throughout the festival. In past years, both students and faculty have enjoyed master classes by internationally recognised artists and pedagogues, such as Fedora Barbieri, Anita Cerquetti, Enza Ferrari, Mirella Freni, Luisa Macnez, Eva Mei, Mario Melani, Paola Molinari, Maria Parazzini, Bruno Praticò, Cecilia Valdenassi, and Alberto Zedda.

Throughout the festival, numerous performance opportunities are available, both in Urbania and throughout the Marche region. The decision as to whether students take part in concerts or not rests with the artistic director. Entrance is free to all performances (except to Teatro Bramante in Urbania) and singers perform pro bono.

In the Marche region, the land where Rossini and Raphael were born, we teach our students the Italian language together with private coachings on traditional Italian repertoire and art songs. We offer you a unique combination- to learn Italian in Italy, while improving your musical talents.

The courses for international opera singers started in 1987. Since then, hundreds of students and young professionals have studied in Urbania. The festival collaborates with important universities, conservatories, and music schools throughout the world.


Honorary Committee

Fedora Barbieri (In Memoriam)

Anita Cerquetti

Luisa Macnez

Eva Mei

Mario Melani

Maria Parazzini

Bruno Praticò

Cecilia Valdenassi

Alberto Zedda