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COSI 2019 Program:
July 1 - July 21, 2019

Intensive Italian
Complete Role Study
Perform Yourself Forward
Train Yourself Ready
BRING IT HOME!

CELEBRATED
INTERNATIONAL FACULTY from:

COSI 2019 Program:
July 1 - July 21, 2019

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

Perform Yourself Forward
Train Yourself Ready
BRING IT HOME!

CELEBRATED
INTERNATIONAL FACULTY from:
•GERMANY
•GREAT BRITAIN
•ITALY
•THE NETHERLANDS
•THE UNITED STATES
•CANADA

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
•ITALY
•THE NETHERLANDS
•THE UNITED STATES
•CANADA

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

Q: What does my tuition cover?

A: At COSI tuition covers the cost of the program itself (lessons, coaching sessions, master classes, venues, 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.

Single accommodation, or accommodation with kitchen facilities, can be arranged at an additional cost. Couples may also make accommodation arrangements with us if partners are not participants in the program. Food travel expenses, laundry, and travel excursions 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 2019 are July 1-21 for the three-week program, and July 1-to July 14 for the two-week programe. Applicants are expected to arrive in Italy on June 30th. COSI will be arranging a charter flight from Toronto through Frank Ventresca Travel Agency in Toronto (leaving on June 29th. 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 arrives. Flight times will be sent once the information is available to us.

Courtyard Concerts and Cathedral Concerts will occur during the week of July 15th, and there will be a final Gala Concert on the last night of the program, July 21st.

The program ends on July 21st, and participants are expected to leave Sulmona on July 22nd. 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 your acceptance of COSI’s offer, and your tuition deposit has been paid, applicants will 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.

Q: Will I be able to work with different faculty members?

A: Yes. One of the many benefits of COSI is an intentional rotation of instructors and experiences, so that in this cross-training, you receive a healthy mixture of information in a supportive environment, as well as the freedom to explore what you’re learning in master classes, and our many practice rooms, as well as in performances.

Q: What about scholarships?

A: While COSI 2019 is generally not in a position to grant scholarships, it has mindfully kept its costs for everyone as low as possible. We have done this by regularly contacting past and potential participants to determine exactly what is wanted and needed, and what is crucial to experience in a summer program at a time when students can provide certain experiences for themselves in their Indie Opera communities.  The program offerings and patterns of the past ten years are no longer what is ideally needed

COSI’s “Extraoridnary Opera Training” is therefore less production-based, and more focused on  training excellence. It is  professionally focused to an even higher language and musical and performance training standard within a discerning and capable network so that you can represent yourself at your best. At this evolutionary time for the opera industry, opera education, and changing global circumstances, it’s urging us all to evolve, and we’re doing it! We highly encourage you to apply for summer scholarship support from your own university and within your communities and various levels of government. COSI is mindfully doing its realistic utmost to keep costs at a minimum, while providing you with significant professional training and contacts, within a period of time that allows you flexibility for a wide variety of plans and circumstances this summer. Bravi to you, and Bravi to us!

Upon your acceptance, we will provide for you a list of initiatives that have been successful for COSI participants to raise funds for this marvelous and propelling experience.

Q: Can I earn a university credit for doing COSI?

A: Perhaps. Some universities offer “elective credits” for your completed participation in a summer program. Please inquire at your own university about your requirements. If COSI can accommodate these requirements within its existing curriculum, and if we receive a written request from you before the start of the COSI program, upon your successful completion of the program, we will provide you with a letter acknowledging your successful completion of COSI 2019.

More Questions? Contact us at: centreforoperasulmona@gmail.com

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