Vocalists will prepare arias and opera scenes, based on audition recording, for performances in the last two weeks of the festival. Singers will be immersed in Italian through Italian language classes and coachings in poetic Italian.

Typical Weekday

9am to 1pm: Italian classes at the Lucca Italian School

1pm to 2pm: Lunch

2pm-5:30pm: Lessons, Coachings, Practice, Rehearsals

5:30pm-7:30pm: Masterclass


Collaborative pianists will take Italian language classes in the morning, have lessons with vocal coaches, attend vocal masterclasses, and participate in coaching the vocalists. There is one fellowship available for an outstanding collaborative pianist to act as a senior student coach.


Composition students will experience a retreat to a Medieval Italian city to focus on setting vocal music through masterclasses and private lessons. Composers will come to the festival with vocal compositions already in progress to be completed while there with the guidance of faculty. Some compositions will be performed on concert programs. Students will also attend daily Italian classes. Lucca was home to Puccini and Boccherini and provides many locations in and around the city for retreat and inspiration.

Italian Language Classes

Voice and piano students have four hours of Italian each morning at the Lucca Italian School near the city walls. The school occupies a renovated villa with a private garden, veranda, and outdoor terrace. Students will be placed in an appropriate level for their ability. In addition to conversational Italian, the whole festival will focus on poetic Italian. Please visit the Lucca Italian School website: