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Unleashing a Passion for Opera: Introducing 'FAU Opera in Italy' by Florida Atlantic University

A girl sits on a rock in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy near La Spezia
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy


[Boca Raton, FLA, May 2, 2023] – Students are preparing to be captivated by the harmonious convergence of music and culture as Florida Atlantic University (FAU) proudly presents FAU Opera in Italy. This exhilarating program invites opera aficionados and music enthusiasts to embark on a transformative journey deep into the heart of Italian opera, immersing themselves in Italy's rich traditions and awe-inspiring beauty.

From May 27 to June 24, 2023, FAU Opera in Italy will transport participants to the enchanting city of La Spezia, Italy, serving as the backdrop for a month-long exploration of vocal excellence and artistic growth. With breathtaking weekend excursions to Verona and Florence, participants will discover the cultural treasures that have inspired generations of opera lovers.

Drawing students from diverse universities, FAU Opera in Italy is an inclusive celebration of music and camaraderie. Whether a seasoned vocal performance major or a non-music student seeking an extraordinary study abroad experience, this program offers an immersive adventure that will resonate.

A panoramic view of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy with Castello San Giorgio in the foreground.
Castello San Giorgio in La Spezia

Led by a distinguished faculty, participants will receive unrivaled mentorship and guidance. Joining the faculty are renowned masterclass clinicians from the United States and Italy. Countertenor Ray Chenez, pianist Karen Verm, baritone Craig Verm, soprano Sara Duchovnay, heldentenor Clay Hilley, soprano Martha Eason, composer Sarah Hutchings, pianist Marco Podestà, mezzo-soprano Fulvia Bertoli, soprano Patrizia Cigna, and baritone Mitchell Hutchings will share their expertise, unlocking hidden potential, and expanding vocal prowess and artistic horizons.

FAU Opera in Italy is not just about honing skills; it's about forging lasting connections and collaborative partnerships. Through a series of vocal training sessions, intensive coaching, and exhilarating masterclasses, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with local Italian musicians, artists, and organizations. This synergy will ignite creativity, fostering a profound appreciation for the fusion of art and culture.

A photo of the façade of the Giacomo Puccini Conservatory in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Giacomo Puccini Conservatory

The Giacomo Puccini Conservatory, a prestigious institution steeped in musical heritage, will serve as an artistic sanctuary. This hallowed ground, a melting pot of talent and inspiration, will amplify artistic growth and provide an immersive learning environment that celebrates the beauty of the human voice.

Students will embrace the magic of Italy as FAU Opera in Italy unveils an extraordinary lineup of performances. From enchanting student concerts in Massa, Florence, Sarzana, and La Spezia to the unforgettable experience of attending an opera at the legendary Arena di Verona, each stage will become a canvas for our musical odyssey.

Every captivating moment will be captured and shared, allowing audiences worldwide to witness the emergence of exceptional talent and the celebration of vocal artistry.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact: Dr. Mitchell Hutchings (Program Faculty Leader - FAU Opera in Italy), mhutchings(at)

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