COSI 2020 Program:

July 1 - July 22, 2020 

Intensive Italian
Lessons, Coaching Sessions
Acting & Stagecraft Instruction
Courtyard & Cathedral Performances

Complete Role Study
Career Forums & Workshops



Mozart Così fan tutte: semi-staged

    Stuart Barker, Stage Director

    Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Music Director

Opera Scenes: semi-staged

    Melissa Bencic, Stage Director

    Nathalie Doucet, Music Director

Mozart Requiem soloists: with the

     Ensemble in Residence: Toronto Youth Choir

     Matthew Otto, Artistic Director

     Helen Becqué, Collaborative Pianist



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

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Collaborative Piano and Continuo


DATES: July 1-22, 2020

COST: travel, accommodation and food. Full tuition scholarships provided

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COSI’s Collaborative Piano and Continuo program is outstanding in its opportunities and the professional quality of its experiences. Be at the integral centre with opera conductors and singers in rehearsals and performances of the COSI Opera Festival. The program includes:

  • Training in the essential operatic repertoire 

  • Italian language instruction that emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation, and practical study of the opera librettos in each COSI season

  • Private lessons on playing opera scores, and developing collaborative piano skills.

  • Conducting instruction (optional)

  • Dedicated forums only for Collaborative Pianists

  • Networking with outstanding colleagues in the profession

  • Masterclass performances with mentoring

  • Performing in Sulmona’s ancient and magnificent courtyards

  • Continuo training, and performing as part of an opera orchestra

  • A complete experience for professional development as a repetiteur, collaborative pianist and opera coach within today’s international network.

COSI’s Collaborative Piano & Continuo program alumni include:

Kimberley-Ann Bartczak – Resident Conductor, Calgary Opera
Mary Castello – Acadia University, full-time sessional faculty
Rich Coburn – Pianist/Organist, St. Lawrence Anglican Church Montreal
Jenna Douglas – Pianist and vocal coach, editor and co-creator of
Jo Greenaway – Freelance collaborative pianist and coach, Toronto
Holly Kroeker – Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, Vancouver Opera
Anne Larlee – Repetiteur and coach, Oper Frankfurt, Canadian Opera Company
Kelsey Lenti – M.Mus. Yr. 2,  Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
Evan Mounce – Calgary Opera Orchestra, Cowtown Opera – Calgary
Paul Rodermond – Opera Roadshow, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jennifer Szeto – Adler Fellow, San Francisco Opera

“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in the past month. Thank you!” Kelsey Lenti, collaborative pianist, COSI 2017.

*Pending approval, accepted applicants may apply for undergraduate university course credits.


Kelsey Lenti (Western U., ON) and Simone Hogeveen (Dalhousie U., NS)


In concert and rehearsal. Paul Rodermond (Memorial U. Newfoundland) and Darby Clinard (James Madison U., Virginia) in concert, and Paul Rodermond with Conductor Leslie Dala (Vancouver Opera) rehearsing Don Giovanni


Nathalie Doucet, Coach: Dutch National Opera Academy, Kelsey Lenti, Collaborative Pianist, and Henry Hubbard, tenor (Peabody, MA).


Kathryn Tremills, DMA (Michigan): COSI’s Director of Collaborative Activities, Mandy Chen, soprano (Chengdu, China).