Piano Accompaniment in Opera - traineeship for pianists

Name and place of institution

Conservatorio di Musica "A.Boito" Parma, Italy

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2017-2018

ERASMUS students may choose a mobility of minimum 3 / maximum 6 months during the academic year 2017-2018, starting from November 1, 2017.

(Not available for Postgraduates)

Description of the module

This module offers an entirely specific traineeship for piano accompaniment of voice and opera scenes, designed for pianists who consider a future in the world of opera by adding to their curriculum a first work experience in this various and challenging environment. Trainees will accompany singers on the piano in different settings:

singing lessons, scenic interpretation lessons, staging, preparation for exams and concerts and during public performances. This always under supervision of a tutor.

The goal is to improve the knowledge of opera repertoire and to practice the specific skills requested.

The trainee will receive weekly tasks from the coordinator of piano accompaniment.

Speciality of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

A module for professional pianists who wish to broaden their knowledge of the operatic repertoire in compliance with all the specific attitudes. With a full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. To exercise, develop and improve their skills as a pianist in accompanying different voice parts.

Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory.

A unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the rich operatic music culture of the territory, attending places of unique musical interest, within the Conservatory (Musical Section of Libreria Palatina, Boito's Studio and Toscanini's Studio) or in the immediate nearby of it (the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, specialized in 19th century opera and music in general, with particular emphasis on the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi, the Museo dell'Opera, the Casa della Musica, Teatro Regio, etc.).

Names of the Professors of this module

Nicola Mottaran (Coordinator of Piano accompaniment)

Fabio Ferrucci (Tutor)

Teaching staff from the Singing and Music Theatre Department of the Conservatory.

Possible extras in addition to the module

Upon request a little tour of the main “music treasures" of Verdi's land: the birthplace of Verdi and Villa Sant'Agata , the Toscanini Museum, the world renowned Teatro Regio, the beautiful Teatro Farnese (17th century), the Casa del Suono, etc.

For Erasmus: opportunity to join Italian Course lev. A2+B1 in the first semester or English Course level B1 or B2 in second semester.

October is the month of the Parma Verdi Festival. Facilities are offered to enrolled students who want to experience a show at the Teatro Regio and/or other planned locations.

Number of EOA students

Min. 1 / Max. 5 students

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

- Semester 200 hours

(about 10 hours per week for shorter periods)

Number of ECTS credits within Master's accreditation

24 ECTS per semester (for Erasmus Module)

Entrance examination

Online audition (internet link, video) deadline:

September 15th, 2017

Please include a link to a video as well as a c.v. with your application form.

The video must contain at least 2 arias / scenes performed live – voice accompaniment - without any audio / video post-production.

Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by

October 1st , 2017

Description of the final examination

Progress examination

Total expenses of the EOA module per student

Free for students in Erasmus Exchange Programme.

(Not available for Postgraduates)

Students must provide for their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

The Office for International Relations will provide advice on local accommodation ( http://www.conservatorio.pr.it/accommodation/ )

Module type: Production
Academy of music: Parma
Period: winter, spring, summer

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