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COSI Academy


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

COSI 2017 Program Dates:
June 18 - July 16, 2017

COSI Academy Dates:
July 6 - July 16, 2017

Opera Chorus Program Dates:
July 2 - July 16, 2017

Oratorio Chorus Program Dates:
July 17- 24th, 2017, in the San Panfilo Cathedral of Sulmona, and
Madonna della Libera Cathedral of Pratola Peligna

July 6-16, 2017
Applications are Open. APPLY HERE

COSI-Academy-imageThe COSI Academy is a ten-day intensive enrichment program for students between 17 and 19 years of age who are interested in music and language studies in Italy.

Applications are OPEN.

The Academy program includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Expert instruction in its compelling programs

Students will also learn about the history and culture of the vibrant town of Sulmona that will be their home for the duration of the program.

In addition, many exciting group excursions are offered at an additional cost which may include:

  • Stunning Amalfi coast
  • Traditional ancient village of Scanno • Coastal town of Pescara
  • Renaissance mecca of Florence
  • Eternal city of Rome


MUSIC PROGRAM for Singers and Pianists
Application Fee: $40.
Tuition and Accommodation: $1990.00 CAD

The Music program for singers and pianists includes: private lessons, repertoire coaching sessions, masterclasses and recitals. Seminars will focus on audition preparation, vocal health, musicianship and artistic collaboration. Italian language, interactive cultural experiences (market trips, a cooking class) and movement classes are also included,  and evenings will be spent taking in concert and opera performances in Sulmona.

COSI Academy music application requirements  (for singers and pianists aged 17-19): All COSI Academy music applicants are to submit uploaded video recordings via the online application.

For Singers: Two uploaded audio or video selections

  • One Italian art song or aria
  • A contrasting art song or aria in any language, OR a selection of classic musical theatre OR a selection from the “American Songbook.”

For Pianists: Two uploaded audio or video selections

  • Two contrasting pieces, each with their conservatory grade level identified.

Application Fee:
Tuition and Accommodation: $1990.00 CAD

The  Italian Language Studies program includes intensive Italian language training along with varied opportunities for practical application. Topics will include grammar, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary and common Italian phrases. Interactive cultural experiences (market trips, a cooking class) and movement classes are also included, and evenings will be spent taking in concert and opera performances in Sulmona.

COSI ACADEMY Online Application Requirements:

  • Online application form
  • Digital headshot or candid photo
  • Short bio (250 words or less, in third person)
  • Uploaded audition selections (required for music program applicants)
  • Application fee

To best accommodate each student, after we have received  receipt of their COSI Academy online application, applicants will be asked to submit a credit counselling summary or a recent report card

Click here to apply for the Academy Program

For more information and your brochure, please contact cosi.program.manager@gmail.com



“COSI Academy allowed me to achieve one of my dreams – to sing opera in Europe. I am truly grateful I was able to have this incredible experience, and that I was able to work with such kind, talented and wonderful
people.” (Georgia)

“Sulmona is a true demonstration of some of the best of Italian cuisine. Restauranteurs are eager and essential components in their tight knit community… they provide an authentic Italian experience.” (Conor)

“COSI Academy is among my first steps down a musical path.” (Tristan)

“I am so excited to have had the chance to do what I love in the place that I love and to see what doors COSI will open for me in the future!” (Sabrina)

“COSI is a really great program. We all get the chance to grow!” (Jenny)


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