Learn Italian with WA Opera

Education can take on many hues—and it does in the programs run by the West Australian Opera.

Learn Italian with WA Opera


The Consulate of Italy and the WA Opera are combining forces to run an Italian language course for beginners and intermediates.

Students will learn Italian through the words of Verdi and his operatic masterpiece,Il Trovatore.

This is the third time the course has been run by the Italian Consulate of WA in association with WA Opera's main house season. It starts 25 September and uncovers the composer's and poet's tricks of the trade, while familiarising students with the cultural and social context in which Verdi's opera was produced.

The classes run weekly offsite for 6 to 8 weeks. The students then come together to see the actual opera performance and are welcomed into the Wesfarmers Puccini Room for a drink before the performance. They meet a West Australian Opera staff member, a musician or an artist.

'We chat about the performance that they are about to see in a very informal environment, partly in English and partly in Italian', said WA Opera's Education Coordinator,Terasa Letizia.

'Following the performance there is either an opportunity to head backstage for a tour with our production manager or a Q & A with our Artistic Director, Joseph Colaneri. Joseph is fluent in Italian and this delights the group no end', Terasa said.

To find out more visit the Italian for Opera Loverswebsite.

The WA Opera’s schools program has just returned from the goldfields, spreading the joy of opera to about 2000 primary and secondary schools inthe Kalgoorlie/Boulder area of Western Australia.

Snapshots of popular operas are performed including the Toreador (fromCarmen) andLakmearias.

Over five days, the artists performed to about 2000 students. The performances were very well received and certainly challenged the myths usually associated with opera. Some of the feedback includes:

We were grateful for the unique opportunity that you gave our students to be exposed to the genre of Opera. The students were absolutely mesmerised by the performance and it was refreshing for them to experience something completely new. After the performance, the students and staff commented on how exciting and powerful the performance was.

It was fantastic the performers involved the students with singing and dancing.

Thank you so much for offering our school the fantastic opportunity to watch the Opera! Both students and teachers absolutely loved it! We were amazed at the level of talent the performers had and felt so privileged to have them come to our school to perform to us.

While in the goldfields, WA Opera also sang the national anthem to over 750 mining delegates, opening the annual Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie.


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