International Opera Composition Course “Giacomo Puccini”

International Opera Composition Course “Giacomo Puccini”
Summer Seminar 2017 - Lucca, July 14th to 29th 2017

The International Opera Composition Course ‘Giacomo Puccini’ is addressed to composers (both with or without an academic degree) willing to investigate thoroughly all compositional techniques in use in Opera writing today, focusing both on the Italian tradition and on the genre’s contemporary international developments.
The course’s aim is to hand down the great opera tradition, having as a target the creation of new operas, bridging the past and the future in a new and enthralling vision.

Course goals
Participants will get to a deeper understanding of the various aspects of composing for Opera theatre.

- At the end of the course, each participant must submit a complete project for a new chamber opera, writing a section of the full score for voice and piano (at least 20 minutes)
- Two projects will be selected and must be finalized by September, 30th 2017 to be produced and performed as mise-en-scene for the ‘Puccini Days Festival 2017’, Lucca November/December
- Remaining projects will be concluded by composers in due time, to be performed at the ‘International Chamber Opera Festival – WEC' in 2018
- All scores produced will be published by Edizioni Sconfinarte

Applicants selection
Applicants must submit the following materials for selection:
- CV and list of works
- Project scheme of a chamber opera for max. 1 singing line and piano (reduction)
- Full score and audio file of an orchestral or chamber composition*
- Full score or voice/piano score and audio file of a vocal composition* (*midi files can be accepted)

All materials must be e-mailed to

Submission deadline: June, 15th 2017

Eligible composers will be contacted by: June, 20th 2017

Knowledge of both English and Italian language is required

A minimum of 4 eligible composers is required for the course to start

- 15 days of classes

- group and individual classes
- lectures by Guest Artists

Main subjects

- Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco


- Traditional operatic and contemporary singing: Maria Elena Romanazzi
- Opera conduction: Gergely Kesselyák

- The theatre as a music box: Aldo Tarabella

Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco
Individual classes
- Elements of instrumental composition
- Elements of vocal composition

- Elements of orchestration

- Elements of playwriting for the opera
Group classes

- Composition of operatic elements
- Musictheater (“opera” applied to instrumental writing, with or without voice)
- Musictheater, Chamber Opera, Opera elements of analysis. Musical perception
Lectures by Guest Artists

- ‘Traditional operatic and contemporary singing’ Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano)
- ‘Opera Conduction’ Gergely Kesselyák

- ‘The Theatre as a music box’ Aldo Tarabella

The course will take place in Banca Del Monte di Lucca Foundation palace and at Teatro del Giglio (both venues in the historical centre of Lucca).

July 2017, from 14th to 29th

participants € 850
auditors € 200

For further information (travel & lodging, classes and program details...):
Cristina Rosamilia: - +39 349 52 34 531

Press office and communications:
Nicoletta Tassan Solet: - +39 348 64 18 066

15 Jun 2017
Euro (EUR)