International Opera Composition Course ‘Giacomo Puccini’ 2017


Cluster – Associazione di compositori, Lucca and International Chamber Opera Festival - WEC


Fondazione Giacomo Puccini
Teatro del Giglio
Sconfinarte Edizioni
Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
Bartok plusz Miskolci Operafesztivál




Lucca, July 17th to 29th 2017


The International Opera Composition Course ‘Giacomo Puccini’ 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 project for a new chamber opera, writing a section of the full score for voice and piano (at least 20 minutes)
- Two projects will be selected and must be finalized by September, 30th 2017 to be produced and performed as mise-en-scene for the ‘Puccini Days Festival 2017’, Lucca November/December
- Remaining projects will be concluded by composers in due time, to be performed at the ‘International Chamber Opera Festival - WEC in 2018’
- All scores produced will be published by Edizioni Sconfinarte


Applicants selection
Applicants must submit the following materials for selection:
- CV and list of works
- Project scheme of a chamber opera for max. 1 singing line and piano (reduction)
- Full score and audio file of an orchestral or chamber composition*
- 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
Submission deadline: June, 15th 2017
Eligible composers will be contacted by: June, 20th 2017
Knowledge of both English and Italian language is required
A minimum of 4 eligible composers is required for the course to start


- 13 days of classes
- group and individual classes
- lectures by Guest Artists


Main subjects
- Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco


- Traditional operatic and contemporary singing: Maria Elena Romanazzi
- Opera conduction: Gergely Kesselyák
- The theatre as a music box: Aldo Tarabella


Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco


Individual classes
Elements of instrumental composition
Elements of vocal composition
Elements of orchestration
Elements of playwriting for the opera


Group classes
Composition of operatic elements
Musictheater (“opera” applied to instrumental writing, with or without voice)
Musictheater, Chamber Opera, Opera elements of analysis. Musical perception


Lectures by Guest Artists
- ‘Traditional operatic and contemporary singing’ Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano)
- ‘Opera Conduction’ Gergely Kesselyák
(Principal Conductor of the Opera of Budapest)
- ‘The Theatre as a music box’ Aldo Tarabella (Stage Director, Composer, Artistic Director of the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca)


The course will take place in Banca Del Monte di Lucca Foundation palace and at Teatro del Giglio (both venues in the historical centre of Lucca)


July 2017, from 17th to 29th


participants € 850
auditors € 200


For further information (travel & lodging, classes and program details...):
Cristina Rosamilia: - +39 349 52 34 531


Press office and communications:
Nicoletta Tassan Solet: - +39 348 64 18 066


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