An international faculty Like No Other

Welcome to “Si parla, si canta!”.
My name is Federico Sacchi and I am the artistic and executive director of SPSC.
I am a bass and I have been singing for over 20 years  in European Opera houses such as  Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan,  Teatro La Fenice in Venice,  Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Berliner Philarmoniker, Oper Frankfurt 
and many, many others. I started working at SPSC in 2010, at the invitation of founder M. Benton Hess. I was immediately fascinated by this incredible program, especially by its unique approach to language and opera. Over the years I have been teaching young singers coming from all continents: from beginners to professionals, from soprano leggero to basso profondo, in conservatories, universities, opera houses and summer programs, I count more than 500 students. 

It’s always with great excitement that I salute opportunities to meet new artists!

Federico Sacchi
Artistic and Executive Director

faculty - opera singing

Janet Perry
Gabriella Sborgi
Head of voice department
Chris Merritt
Kim Josephson
Hemdi Kfir
Language Coach
Head of language department
Brett Hodgdon
Brett Hodgdon
Coach and conductor
Head of music department
Rainer Armbrust
Coach and conductor
Damiano Cerutti
Coach and conductor

Special masterclasses

Barbara Frittoli
Stefano Giannini
Giulio Zappa
Patrizia Ciofi

Faculty – Language teachers

“Si parla, si canta!” is the ONLY program which can showcase its own dedicated faculty of language teachers, specialized in diction for opera singers. 

Caterina Giusto
Head of language teachers

BA in German and Spanish and currently grad student in cognitive linguistics – MA, she is also a certified teacher of Italian as a foreign language since 2013. Since 2018 she has coordinated Lake Como School promoting experiential learning and workshops of Italian pronunciation through theater and music.

She studied adventure-based learning at the Institut für Jugendarbeit in Gauting, Germany, where she specialized in cooperation exercises and non-formal education.

Valeria Papis

MA in Chinese Language and Culture, teacher, interpreter and translator. She has worked in Zhengzhou (China) since 2015, where she coordinated the local branch of Senmiao School. She currently teaches Italian, English and Western Cultures at the Henan Agricultural University. She is a freelance translator for the Paolo Coni Opera Centre where she adapts didactic material and teaches Italian to opera singers.

Graziella Buzzi

MA in Italian language and literature and certified Italian second language teacher. Retired Italian and literature teacher with a passion for opera. Through the years, she specialized in autobiographical writing and in interpretation of myth and literature through archetypes. She organized a festival of poetry and several editions of a book club and she is overall very active in the town cultural life.

Sofia Camaiti

BA in linguistic and intercultural mediation and currently a grad student in modern literatures and intercultural translation – MA, she is also a certified teacher of Italian as a second language since 2020. Currently an Italian and Spanish teacher in different realities, she promotes gamification and constructivism, to put students at the center of the learning process.

Laura Carbonetti

BA in Italian language and literature, MA in Italian as a second language at the University for foreigners of Perugia. She taught Italian in Paris and Lyon for several years before moving back to Italy. As a firm supporter of gamification and of experiential learning, she specialized in the organization of workshops for children and adults to learn the language outside the traditional context of the classroom. Among the others, cooking workshops and diy workshops.

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Application deadline March 31st, 2023
Deposit deadline 15 April, 2023