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Frequently Asked Questions


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

Q: What does my tuition cover?
At COSI tuition covers the cost of the program itself (lessons, coaching sessions, master classes, costuming, facilities) and your program access to COSI’s international faculty and staff. Accommodation is provided at an extra cost, and is arranged through COSI. The cost is approximately $340 CAD/week for basic, shared accommodation. For single accommodation, or accommodation with kitchen facilities, this can be arranged at additional cost. Couples may also make accommodation arrangements with us if partners are not participants in 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: 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 COSI Handbook, a comprehensive guide to what you want and need to know, such as what to pack, wi-fi information, currency/banking information.

Q: What will my schedule be like?
Check out a description of the general program schedule here. 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  opera and opera scenes 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. 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 arranges day excursions to various locations, including Rome and the ancient town of Scanno and Lake Scanno. 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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