PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course

PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course
Summer Seminar 2021
July 19th to 31th – Lucca, Italy

Come and study how to write opera in Lucca, the city of Giacomo Puccini

The PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course is addressed to composers (both with or without an academic degree) willing to investigate thoroughly all compositional techniques in use in opera writing today, focusing both on the Italian tradition and on the genre’s contemporary international developments.
The course’s aim is to hand down the great opera tradition, having as a target the creation of new operas, bridging the past and the future in a new and enthralling vision.

Course Goals:
Participants will get to a deeper understanding of the various aspects of composing for opera theatre.
– At the end of the course, each participant must submit a complete pre-project for a new chamber opera, writing a section or a full score for voice and piano (at least 25 minutes)
– The best projects will be selected to be performed as mise-en- scene at the ‘PUCCINI Chamber Opera Festival 2022’ in collaboration with Teatro del Giglio of Lucca
– All scores produced will be published and recorded video/audio by EMA Vinci

Applicants Selection:
Applicants must submit the following materials for selection:
– CV
– Project scheme of a chamber opera for max 1 voice and piano
– Full score and audio file of an orchestral or chamber composition (midi files can be accepted)
– Full score or voice/piano score and audio file of a vocal composition (midi files can be accepted)
All materials must be e-mailed to ioccpuccini@gmail.com
 Submission deadline April, 30th 2021.
Eligible composers will be contacted by May, 15th 2021.
Committee selection:
– Francesco Cipriano (President of Cluster)
– Girolamo Deraco
– Antonio Agostini
Knowledge of English or Italian language is required.
A minimum of 4 eligible composers is required for the course to start.

– 12 days of classes
– group and individual classes
– lectures by Guest Artists

Main subjects
– Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco

– Invited Composer: Alessandro Solbiati
– Invited Stage Director: Massimo Luconi
– Traditional operatic and contemporary singing: Maria Elena Romanazzi – Graphic scores for opera: Luigi Esposito
– Analysis of opera: Antonio Agostini
– Analysis of ‘Arias’: Stefano Teani
– ‘The librettist, the unknown’: Gabriele Micheli
– ‘Voices form the past’: Giuseppe Nicolò

Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco
Individual classes: elements of vocal composition
, elements of orchestration
, elements of playwriting for the opera

Group classes:
– Composition of operatic elements
– Chamber Opera, Opera elements of analysis, Musical perception

Lectures by Guest Artists
– ‘How to finalize an opera project’: Girolamo Deraco
– ‘My Opera’: visiting composer Alessandro Solbiati (Composer and Composition Teacher of the ‘Conservatorio G. Verdi’, Milan)
– ‘The Stage direction’: Massimo Luconi (Opera Director)
– ‘Traditional operatic and contemporary singing’ Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano, Performer)
– ‘Graphic scores for opera’: Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer/Pianist and Writer)
– Analysis of ‘La Métamorphose – Micheal Levinas’ Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
– Analysis of ‘Opera Arias, a tile in the Mosaic’: Stefano Teani (Composer, Conductor, Performer Pianist)
– ‘The librettist, the unknown’: Gabriele Micheli (Librettist, Pianist, Conductor) – ‘Voices form the past’: Giuseppe Nicolò (Gramophones Collector, TV Presenter, Writer and Librettist.)
NUES (all venues are situated in the historical center of Lucca) The course will take place at:
– Complesso di San Micheletto – Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Lucca – Teatro del Giglio

July 19th to 31th 2021

Participants: € 1.500,00
Auditors: € 250,00
Travel, accommodation and food are not included in costs.

Request a scholarship (please specify a motivation) together with your submission email. Three scholarships will be assigned by the committee of the course after a selection.
– ‘Giacomo Puccini’ € 500,00
– ‘Alfredo Catalani’ € 500,00
– ‘Luigi Boccherini’ € 500,00

Additional Informations:
Lucca is an important music cultural and tourist destination. Very important composers were born in the city, such as: Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani and many others.
Lucca is easily accessible by train from international airports in Rome and Milan, or can be reached from regional airports in Pisa, Florence, with trains and busses connections.
Lucca is also close to many touristic places such as: Pisa (30 minutes), Florence (1.5 hours), Cinque Terre (2 hours), Siena (2.5 hours), Rome (3 hours), and Viareggio (30 minutes – the ‘beach’ of Lucca).
The course will include a free entrance at the Museum Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli, Florence.

For further information (travel & lodging, food discounts…) Cristina Rosamilia: ioccpuccini@gmail.com

Guests Artists:
– Alessandro Solbiati (Composer and Composition Teacher of the ‘Conservatorio G. Verdi’, Milan)
– Massimo Luconi (Stage Director)


– Girolamo Deraco (Composer, Contemporary Opera Stage Director, Principal Teacher and Artistic Director of the PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course)
– Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano, Performer)
– Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer pianist, Writer)
– Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
– Stefano Teani (Composer, Conductor, Performer pianist)
– Gabriele Micheli (Librettist, Conductor, Pianist)
– Giuseppe Nicolò (Gramophones Collector, TV Presenter, Writer and Librettist)

Organized by:
PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course
Cluster – Compositori interpreti del presente

With the Patronage of
MIUR – Ufficio Scolastico IX di Lucca e Massa Carrara

In Collaboration with
Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
Teatro del Giglio di Lucca
EMA Vinci Produzioni discografiche, editoriali ed artistiche

Media Partner
Ecce Musica – Magazine


Deadline 30 April 2021

Website ioccpuccini


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