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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What does my tuition cover?

At COSI tuition covers the cost of the program itself (lessons, coaching sessions, master classes, forums, workshops, venues, Italian language classes) and your program access to COSI’s international faculty and staff. Accommodation is provided at an extra cost, and can be arranged through COSI for no extra fee. The cost is approximately $350 CAD/week for basic, shared accommodation. You may also choose to do this on your own. Single accommodation, or accommodation with kitchen facilities, can be arranged at an additional cost. Couples may also make accommodation arrangements with us if partners are not participants in the program. Food, travel expenses, laundry, and travel excursions are not covered under the tuition, so please take these into account when planning for the program.

Do I have to subscribe to YAP Tracker to fill out an application for your program?

No. A subscription to the service is NOT required to view the application form, however non-subscribers will be required to sign-up for a free guest account. The registration page contains full options and information for both full and guest memberships.

What are the dates of the program and when should I arrive?

The dates for COSI 2020 are July 1-22 for the three-week program, and July 1-to July 14 for the two-week program. Applicants are expected to arrive in Italy on June 30th. COSI will be arranging a charter flight from Toronto through Frank Ventresca Travel Agency in Toronto (leaving on June 29th. The cost of the flight must be covered by the participant. There will also be an organised bus transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to Sulmona. This transfer will be arranged to coincide with the arrival of the charter flight and will be at an extra cost of €40 one-way. If a participant is not travelling with the charter flight but wishes to be on the bus transfer, they must arrive before the charter flight arrives. Flight times will be sent once the information is available to us. Courtyard Concerts and Cathedral Concerts will occur during the week of July 15th, and there will be a final Gala Concert on the last night of the program, July 22nd. The program ends on July 22nd, and participants are expected to leave Sulmona on July 23rd. A bus transfer and charter flight will be arranged for these dates.

How do I know where things are in Sulmona, and how things are done within the program?

Upon your acceptance of COSI’s offer, and your tuition deposit has been paid, applicants will receive the latest copy of the COSI Handbook, a comprehensive guide to what you want and need to know, such as what to pack, wi-fi information, where to eat, etc. There will also be a Welcome Meeting on arrival where we will give you more information about Sulmona and the program.

What will my schedule be like?

The COSI schedule is designed to be intense but balanced. It consists of two-hours of Italian classes on Mondays through Saturdays, with time allotment for the Sulmona Marketa in Piazza Garibaldi on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Master Classes and Worshops are usually held Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, with lessons, coaching sessions, acting classes, movement classes and rehearsals scheduled liberally. When the dress rehearsal performance schedule begins, the daily schedule lightens slightly. . With the exception of Sunday, July 22nd, Sundays are free days. You may arrange day excursions to various locations, including Rome, the seaside resort and shopping getaway city of Pescara, or the ancient town of Scanno and Lake Scanno. These trips are can be made at your arrangements and cost at the local tourist office. at the local tourist office.

Will I be able to work with different faculty members?

Yes. One of the many benefits of COSI is an intentional rotation of instructors and experiences, so that in this cross-training, you receive a healthy mixture of information in a supportive environment, as well as the freedom to explore what you’re learning in master classes, and our many practice rooms, as well as in performances.

What about scholarships?

Scholarhips for COSI are widely available, and you will receive any scholarship offer coming your way after with a COSI offer resulting from your application package.

Can I earn a university credit for doing COSI?

Perhaps. Some universities offer “elective credits” for your completed participation in a summer program. Please inquire at your own university about your requirements. If COSI can accommodate these requirements within its existing curriculum, and if we receive a written request from you before the start of the COSI program, upon your successful completion of the program, we will provide you with a letter acknowledging your successful completion of COSI. Participants will receive a COSI Certificate honouring their completion of the program.

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