International Opera Composition Course “GIACOMO PUCCINI”

International Opera Composition Course “GIACOMO PUCCINI”
Summer Seminar, Lucca, July 2nd to 14th, 2018

Come and study how to write opera in Lucca, the city of Giacomo Puccini

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.

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 pre-project for a new chamber opera, writing a section of the full score for voice and piano (at least 20 minutes)
- The best projects will be selected to be performed as mise-en-scene at the ‘Cluster season 2019’ in collaboration with Teatro del Giglio of Lucca
- Remaining projects will be taken into consideration for future programming by the ‘International Chamber Opera Festival – WEC in 2019’
- All scores produced will be published by Edizioni Sconfinarte

Applicants must submit the following materials for selection:
- CV and list of works
- Project scheme of a chamber opera for max 1 voice 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: May, 20th 2018

Eligible composers will be contacted by: May, 25th 2018

Knowledge of English or Italian language is required

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

- 12 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: Vito Palumbo
- Graphic scores for opera: Luigi Esposito
- Analysis: Antonio Agostini
- The theatre as a music box: Aldo Tarabella
- Write a libretto: Debora Pioli

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)
- ‘Meet the composer’ Vito Palumbo (Composer, Professor of Composition at the Conservatory of Cosenza, Italy)
- ‘Graphic scores for opera’ Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer/Pianist and Writer)
- Analysis of ‘Doktor Faustus of the composer Manzoni’ Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
- ‘The Theatre as a music box’ Aldo Tarabella (Opera Director, Composer, Artistic Director of the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca)
- ‘Write a libretto’ Debora Pioli (Librettist, Writer)

VENUES (all venues are situated in the historical center of Lucca)
The course will take place at:
- Banca Del Monte di Lucca Foundation palace
- ‘Giacomo Puccini’ Foundation
- Teatro del Giglio

July 2nd to 14th 2018

Participants: € 1000
Auditors: € 250

Travel, accommodation and food are not included in costs.

‘Giacomo Puccini’ Foundation donates a scholarship to a composer to study opera in Lucca. The scholarship will be assigned after a selection by the committee of the course.

The course will include a free entrance at the Puccini Museum - Casa natale, Lucca (the house where Giacomo Puccini was born)

Lucca is an important music cultural and tourist destination. Very important composers were born in the city, such as: Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani and many others.
Lucca is easily accessible by train from international airports in Rome and Milan, or can be reached from regional airports in Pisa, Florence, with trains and busses connections.
Lucca is also close to many touristic places such as: Pisa (30 minutes), Florence (1.5 hours), Cinque Terre (2 hours), Siena (2.5 hours), Rome (3 hours), and Viareggio (30 minutes - the ‘beach’ of Lucca).

For further information (travel & lodging, classes and program details, food discounts...)
Cristina Rosamilia:

20 May 2018
Euro (EUR)