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

COSI 2018 Program:
June 13 - July 15, 2018

52nd International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch Preliminary Round, in Sulmona's "Maria Caniglia" Opera House:
June 23, 2018

COSI Academy:
July 5 - July 15, 2018

Opera Chorus Program:
July 1 - July 15, 2018

Opera Creation Lab for composers and singers:
July 5 - July 15th, 2018.

COSI 2018 presents:
W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro J. Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna G. Puccini - Gianni Schicchi Dean Burry - Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (World Premiere)

COSI 2018 Applications remain open for video applicants

Apply today!

Q: What does my tuition cover?

A: At COSI tuition covers the cost of the program itself (lessons, coaching sessions, master classes, costuming, facilities, Italian language lessons) and your program access to COSI’s international faculty and staff. Accommodation is provided at an extra cost, and can be arranged through COSI for no extra fee. The cost is approximately $350 CAD/week for basic, shared accommodation. For single accommodation, or accommodation with kitchen facilities, this can be arranged at an additional cost. Couples may also make accommodation arrangements with us if partners are not participants in the program. Food and travel expenses are not covered under the tuition so please take these into account when planning for the program.


Q: Do I have to subscribe to YAP Tracker to fill out an application for your program?

A: No. A subscription to the YAP Tracker service is NOT required to view the  application form, however non-subscribers will be required to sign-up for a free guest account. The registration page contains full options and information for both full and guest memberships.


Q: What are the dates of the program and when should I arrive?

A: The dates for COSI 2018 are June 13 to July 15. Applicants are expected to arrive in Italy on June 13. COSI will be arranging a charter flight through Frank Ventresca Travel Agency in Toronto. The cost of the flight must be covered by the participant. There will also be an organised bus transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to Sulmona. This transfer will be arranged to coincide with the arrival of the charter flight and will be at an extra cost of €40 one-way. If a participant is not travelling with the charter flight but wishes to be on the bus transfer, they must arrive before the charter flight. Flight times will be sent once the information is available to us.

Performances of the main operas will take place in the final week of the COSI program and there will be a final Gala Concert on the last night.

The program ends on July 15 and participants are expected to leave Sulmona on July 16. A bus transfer and charter flight will be arranged for these dates.


Q: How do I know where things are in Sulmona, and how things are done within the program?

A: Upon acceptance, participants receive a current copy of the Information Pack, which contains a lot of important information about the program. Once the deposit has been paid, applicants also receive the latest copy of the COSI Handbook, a comprehensive guide to what you want and need to know, such as what to pack, wi-fi information, where to eat, etc. There will also be a Welcome Meeting on arrival where we will give you more information about Sulmona and the program.


Q: What will my schedule be like?

A: The COSI schedule is designed to be intense but balanced. It consists of Morning Italian classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Lessons and coaching sessions happen in the afternoons, along with rehearsals, which also run each evening until the performance schedule begins.

Wednesdays and Saturdays are Sulmona’s “Market Days,” and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., vendors are gathered at Piazza Garibaldi, the main square in Sulmona. COSI generally keeps these times free so participants can frequent the market for their own needs, and use their Italian language skills, too.

Sundays are free days. COSI may arrange day excursions to various locations, including Rome and the ancient town of Scanno and Lake Scanno (these trips run at an extra cost). The nearby seaside resort city of Pescara, is a popular beach and shopping getaway.

More Questions? Contact us at: cosi.program.manager@gmail.com

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