Now entering its 12th summer of study abroad, Canta in Italia (Sing in Italy) offer singers the unforgettable experience of living and studying in the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. Located 45 minutes west of Florence, the city where opera was born, Lucca offers a small town experience with easy access to Italy's major cultural center. Puccini, Boccherini and Catalani were all born in Lucca, known throughout Italy as "the musical city". Lucca's renaissance architecture and medieval walls make this lovely town a popular Tuscan destination. Students arrive on May 31, and through June 30 when they depart, students are immersed in Italian language and culture, and stimulated by an intensive course of vocal study and performance.
The program includes 2 hours of daily language instruction by native speakers, daily voice lesson and/or coaching sessions, and weekly master classes. Music and staging rehearsals fill out the afternoon hours. Optional college credit is offered through Wichita State University.
Weekend excursions may include visits to museums, churches or other historic sites such as the Pitti Palace, Santa Croce church where Rossini is buried, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Students will journey to the ancient Arena di Verona and attend a performance of Aida. During free time, students may travel on their own to attend opera performances or visit other parts of the country. Accommodations are provided in shared apartments. Students may opt have their own room (additional fee required), or share a room with another member of the program. Bathrooms are shared and use of the kitchens is included. Meals are not included in the program fee.
Staged concerts of opera scenes and arias for the Italian public bring the program to a grand finale, followed by a farewell festa at a colorful local restaurant with much wonderful Italian food and wine.
Marie Allyn King, Director of Opera at Wichita State University (316) 978-6373
Office of Financial Aid at Wichita State University (316) 978-3430