InCanto Italia

Perform Opera in Italy

Now entering its 16th summer of study abroad, InCanto Italia (II), formerly Canta in Italia, offers 25 singers and pianists the unforgettable experience of living and studying in the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. Located 45 minutes west of Florence, the city where opera was born, Lucca offers a small town experience with easy access to Italy's major cultural center. Puccini, Boccherini and Catalani were all born in Lucca, known throughout Italy as "the musical city." Lucca's renaissance architecture and medieval walls make this lovely town a popular Tuscan destination.

From May 31st through June 27th, students are immersed in Italian language and culture, and stimulated by an intensive course of vocal/piano study and performance.

Program Fee

This program costs $4,460 and includes:

  • Daily voice lessons and coaching
  • Weekly master classes
  • Italian for musicians class (38 hours direct instruction)
  • Concerts of staged opera scenes and Italian art song
  • European career seminar
  • Acting and audition classes
  • Trip to Arena di Verona and opera tickets
  • Day trip to Florence museums
  • Shared apartments in Lucca (includes kitchen)
  • Arrival and closing Festa
  • Emergency Medical Insurance

Some scholarships available.

Weekend excursions may include visits to museums, churches or other historic sites such as the Pitti Palace, Santa Croce church where Rossini is buried, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Lucca is a short train ride from Viareggio, a popular city with beautiful beaches on the Tuscany Sea.

How to Apply

  • Fill out online InCanto Italia application
  • Send by email to Dr. Pereira (
    • application
    • two letters of recommendation (can be from current voice teacher, stage director, acting teacher, etc.)
    • current resume
    • headshot
    • sound files or links to two recordings of Italian art songs or arias
  • Notification of program acceptance will begin January 10th, 2020
  • Applications will be accepted through March 20th, 2020
  • Full payment must be received by March 31st, 2020

The program is in collaboration with Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

For more information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Pereira.

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