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We are excited to return to Lucca in the summer of 2021. We are planning to run a full program of performances, rehearsals, lessons, and classes, based on the expectation that  in early 2021 a vaccine will be widely available and restrictions on travel and performances will be lifted. If the program is canceled again, all tuition payments will be refunded.

Opera Lucca is a summer festival for singers and pianists. It will be held at the Lucca Italian School in the summer of 2021, June 13th through July 10th. This season we will be casting roles in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, La Traviata, and Suor Angelica, as well as from other Baroque and bel canto repertoire. We specialize in teaching Italian opera and art song through a focus the language. Our distinguished faculty are either native Italian speakers or experts in operatic Italian. The faculty strongly believe in the need for Italian language immersion as an important component in bel canto training. We teach not just diction but expressive delivery of the text through an understanding of the poetry. Host family stays are available to further improve conversational Italian beyond language classes. Tuition ranges from $3700 to $4500, depending on housing options. We are now accepting applications from vocalists and pianists. Applications are due by March 1st, 2021. Contact us at and follow us on facebook and instagram!

City of Lucca

Lucca is a beautifully preserved city in northern Tuscany and is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini. At one time, Lucca was a powerful city-state and trading center, and visitors are now charmed by its distinctly old-world atmosphere. It is nicknamed “la città delle cento chiese” because of the nearly 100 old churches throughout the city. Some of these churches are spectacular and unusual, with elaborate striped-marble façades and tall towers. Its surrounding wall was originally designed to protect Lucca from invaders, but it is now a tree-lined park with a paved bicycle path. The Lucchesi and tourists frequently use the walls for morning runs, afternoon walks, and leisurely rides on their bici. It is also an easy way to travel from one side of the city to another. Because of the wall, the buildings in the original centro of town have not changed much over the centuries. But inside these buildings one finds a wealth of boutique stores, traditional restaurants, local food markets, wine bars, and artisanal gelato shops.


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