“I learned more about bel canto singing in a single summer at Opera Lucca than I might have in a full semester at conservatory. Lessons with world class faculty and a comprehensive education in the Italian language made me a more proficient musician in the fine art of Italian Opera. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to further their musical development in a beautiful city and in a supportive artistic environment!” – Robert Kopf, Mannes Conservatory

“Opera Lucca was a fantastic experience for me! The city of Lucca was beautiful and getting to perform in and around it was incredible. Italian class every morning helped immensely to settle in to the culture and feel comfortable about living in it for the next month. Repetoire was great all around and the coaches and teachers were knowledable and easy to work with. Getting to learn from Peter Volpe over the course of 4 weeks propelled me forward as a musician and he’s truly a master of his craft, both teaching and performing. The days are filled with coaching, lessons and rehearsals with the maestro and everything stayed super productive. The experience I gained from performing and living in Italy was invaluable and something I look forward to repeating in the future!” Christian Ohlenschlaeger, Manhattan School of Music

“While Italy itself was unforgettably beautiful, this past month would mean nothing without the people that came into my life while I was there, and the friendships that I’ve made during my first summer opera program. Opera Lucca, thank you for teaching me so much about myself as a musician and a person. It’s unbelievable how much I’ve grown since stepping foot in Lucca for the first time a month ago. But most of all, thank you for letting me spend a month with a group of people that inspire me daily both in and out of performance. The friendships and connections I’ve made here are priceless, and I’ll always cherish them.” – Scylla Humbert

“I am so happy I made the decision to attend Opera Lucca as it has been an incredible month of learning and making incredible connections in one of the most breathtaking little cities of Italy. Lucca will always have a special place in my heart.” – Laura Fernandez

“I never thought that I could become so attached to a place, but I am incredibly emotional to leave Lucca. Really, I have fallen in love with a place that has been a vessel of my professional and personal growth. I am blessed to have called Lucca home for four weeks. To the Italian teachers at the Lucca Italian School and to the faculty at Opera Lucca, thank you for the bottom of my heart for making Lucca such a warm and welcoming place. Lucca will always feel like home to me. I have made memories that will last and that I will cherish forever.” – Victoria Meneses


“THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To every single person, who was a part of Opera Lucca! Thank you to the amazing and encouraging staff and faculty at the Lucca Italian School and those coaching, directing, coordinating, etc. in the opera program.” – Kylie Nabers

“Thank you for one AMAZING month, Opera Lucca. I will miss you Italy, you were good to me. Thank you for blessing me with new incredibly talented friends who I will miss terribly.” – Alyssa Vieau

“This has been an amazing month, and I’m so sad to see it come to a close. Thank you for all of the guidance and wisdom. I have learned and grown so much as a musician and Italian speaker, and I am forever grateful for this experience!” – Sydney Carbo