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Welcome to the 2022 Edition of “Si parla, si canta”

Four glorious weeks in beautiful Arona, Italy – June 18 – July 16, 2022

Benton Hess, Artistic Director, Si parla, si canta
Benton Hess, Artistic Director
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“Si parla, si canta” is an exceptional program dedicated to furthering the talented young singer’s knowledge of the Italian language, repertoire, culture, and bel canto style. Participants of “Si parla, si canta” have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty and to perform in some of the most cherished venues of the Piemonte and Lombardia regions of Italy.

Located in the breathtakingly beautiful and ancient city of Arona, situated right on Lago Maggiore, “Si parla, si canta” offers Italian language classes for students at every level, from the beginner to the very advanced. Over the course of our 4-week program, participants experience an impressive 76 hours of Italian language classes.

Click here to read Testimonials from Metropolitan Opera stars, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Kathryn Lewek, Donovan Singletary and former students.


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Enjoy the visual beauty of Arona, the home of “Si parla, si canta”.


Click here to view a longer video about Arona in Italian!


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In the FOUR-WEEK PROGRAM (June 18 – July 16, 2022), besides daily intensive Italian language classes, participants are coached in operatic scenes they have been assigned. In addition, each participant receives a minimum of two private musical coachings per week with members of our elite faculty, to work on Italian arias and art songs of their own choosing.

Other opportunities include master classes, aria concerts, and our very popular “Songs of our Homeland” concert, celebrating the cultural diversity of our participants. Operatic scenes concerts are presented in a variety of lovely venues. Participants will attend a performance either in Milano’s La Scala opera house or in the Teatro Regio in Torino (depending on the repertoire and the availability of tickets).


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