COSI 2019 Program:
July 1 - July 21, 2019

Intensive Italian
Complete Role Study
Perform Yourself Forward
Train Yourself Ready


COSI 2019 Program:
July 1 - July 21, 2019

Intensive Italian
Lessons, Coaching Sessions
Acting & Stagecraft Instruction
Courtyard & Cathedral Concerts Complete Role Study
Career Forums & Worshops

Perform Yourself Forward
Train Yourself Ready


The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera. •GREAT BRITAIN

The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

GET CONNECTED with COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training!” Our COSI 2020 Summer Opera Program Faculty Includes:


Stuart D. Barker, British Youth Opera: Director of Productions and Training: Acting, Stagecraft, Audition Techniques. Productions at: the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, European Chamber Opera, and English Touring Opera. Read more…


Laura Claycomb, Grammy® Award winning soprano Laura Claycomb has firmly established herself as one of the finest operatic coloratura sopranos of her generation, best known for her ethereal high notes, impeccable musicianship, and dramatic stage presence. Her career performances include productions at La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, and Houston Grand Opera. She has long been known for helpful and candid with her blog, and her posts on Young Artist Corner.   Read more…

Nathalie Doucet, Opera Coach. Amsterdam Conservatorium. Previously, she Dutch National Opera Academy, Dutch National Opera Studio, Music Director: Opera Iowa, Orlando Opera Studio. Faculty: American Institute for Musical Studies: Graz, Austria. Read more…

Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Resident Conductor: Calgary Opera. Her guest conducting engagements include Musici de Montréal, and the Hamilton Philharmonic New Music Festival. Ms. Bartczak was Assistant Conductor for Vancouver Opera’s Dead Man Walking, and is the Assitant Conductor to Maestro Bramwell Tovey for all productions at Calgary Opera. She has been the conductor for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (Opera on the Avalon), and is the Music Director for all performances of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists, including its Così fan tutte. Read more…

Maestro Giuseppe Finzi. La Scala, San Francisco Opera, Opéra Nice, Opera Liceu Barcelona, San Carlo Opera Naples, Deutsche Oper Berlin.

After a long experience in the music staff of the Teatro alla Scala, where he worked alongside Riccardo Muti and the most important names of the international scene, Giuseppe Finzi made his debut in 2003 with Tosca at the Teatro Rendano-Cosenza, which was followed by productions of La TraviataL’Elisir d’amoreMadama ButterflyRigolettoCarmen and Così fan tutte (the latter at the Piccolo Teatro-Milano with the soloists and the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala). His debut with La Bohème in 2008 marks the beginning of his relationship with the San Francisco Opera, where he has conducted performances of AidaTurandotEntführung aus dem SerailFaustLa Fanciulla del WestCarmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Rigoletto as well as new productions of Il Barbiere di SivigliaLa Bohème. In 2011 he was appointed Resident conductor of the Company, position held until 2015. Read more…

COSI 2020: Master Class, and coach-conductor for singer/collaborative piano duos.  Read more…

Melissa Bencic, Founder and Artistic Director of the Bravo Academy of the Performing Arts, and of its New Music Theatre Intensives. The compelling vitality of opera today claims Melissa’s dedicated focus – with all artists in the genre. Her strong and comprehensive experiences in opera at the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and the professional opera field have led to visionary achievements as an artistic director, performing artist, teacher, builder, and influencer. Read more…

Kevin Skelton  is a specialist in stage movement and integrative performance.  His effective scope and practice is much larger, making him a tremendous contributor to the transformation of singers’ confidence and capabilities on stage.  Having performed in Tokyo, Versailles, Toronto, Utrecht, and Teatro La Fenice, Kevin has vast international experience in baroque operatic productions.  Read more…


Kathryn Tremills has been described by the press as “a brilliant pianist”, “a performer of amazing technical artistry and mature virtuosity” and “a remarkably perceptive and gifted musician.” Excelling as a performing artist has only increased her demand as a gifted teacher and coach. Dr. Tremills has been on the musical staff of the Canadian Opera Company and has most recently creating an assured international mark as the collaborative pianist in Women on the Vergea lyric arts trio with a recent tour including performances, lectures, masterclasses and residencies in London, Paris, and Reykjavik. Kathryn is a superb curator of repertoire and its collaborative performance, reflected in her performance flair, and uplifting of each aspect of the performing moment. This is true in her own performances, and when she is lifting others to their exhilarating best. Read more… 

Darryl Edwards, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, is COSI’s Artistic Director and a member of its voice faculty. He is the Artistic Director of the COSI Connection, COSA Canada and all their productions, events, and activities. Dr. Edwards’ considerable acknowledgement and achievements as a voice teacher are internationally well known from the generations of singers within his thirty-five years of teaching voice. His current invitations regularly take him across Canada, and to Europe, South America, and Asia. Read more…

Tania Puglielli is the Founder and Director of “The English School” of International Languages, Sulmona. She is COSI’s Executive Director, and has given breath to COSI Opera Festival’s plentiful and notable events in the Abruzzo Region. Her celebrated skills in community engagement initiatives have brought COSI events to neighbourhoods in Pratola Peligna, Prezza, Collo Longo, Popoli, Raiano, Goriano Sicoli, Introdaqua, and Avezzano.

Giorgia Sciuba is the teacher of the Italian classes at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Italian teacher at the University of L’Aquila, and teacher at Sulmona’s English School of International languages.  She is treasured because of her effective teaching styles and strategies, her successful engagement of students in learning, and her magnetic interest in lyric Italian song and opera!



COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training” has always been at its heart. We continue to offer outstanding teaching and mentors for our young artists, just as we have since we began in 2007:

Andrist, Rachel
Berman, Jonathan
Brett, Kathleen
Claycomb, Laura
Dala, Les
Diamond, Tom
Dorgan, Paul
Edwards, Darryl
Finzi, Giuseppe
Haywood, Lorna
Hermiston, Nancy
Hiebert, Shannon
Im, Miah
Isaac, Carol
Isepp, Martin
Larlee, Anne
Mallon, Kevin
Marvel, James
Marrs, Stephanie
Mauro, Louisa
McIntosh, Brian
McMahon, Michael
Nash, Maika’i
Nelson, Timothy
Nieuwenhuis, Hans
Noble, Timothy
Perruzza, Fred
Philcox, Steven
Pleasants-Faulkner, Isolde
Pratschke, Sinéad
Raftery, J. Patrick
Swan, Jennifer
Tarver, Jennifer
Tremills, Kathryn
Tyrrell, Kinza
Upchurch, Liz
Vernon O.C., Timothy
Wood, Karen
Yan, Judith