… and this is a copy of our booklet for absolute beginners, signed by Mr Conan O’Brien himself.
Conan O’Brien came to Scuola Toscana and it was a lot of fun, as you can imagine… he even had a couple of our of lesson, with our teacher Lavinia – more about it later !
ITALIAN FOR THE OPERA COURSE, AT SCUOLA TOSCANA
Italian is the language of music, from the time signatures (presto, andante, con brio, vivace) to the Opera librettos. Did you know that Lorenzo daPonte, author of the Mozart’ Don Giovanni libretto, born Emanuele Conegliano, became the first Professor in Italian Language at Columbia University ?
Our course ‘Italian language for the Opera’ is for everyone : professional and amateur singers, Opera fans, students of music, musicians, and everyone else who is interested in the world of Italian melodrama.
The lessons are taught by an expert Italian language instructor who doubles as music critic, and include a social and historical introduction, a study of the plots and the characters ( with the help of some historical sketches of costumes, see above pic ) the reading and understanding of librettos, and of course lot of listening: comparative listening of various editions, of various voices, of various conductors, from a vast collection of CDs and recording. All this in the specially equipped classroom, with high fidelity stereo system. A joy for the ears, a joy for the soul !
2018: our booklets have taken on color! And of course we could not forget our city, and its monuments. Santa Croce, Battistero, Palazzo Vecchio – and coming soon: San Giovanni cathedral. Four booklets, six levels, from A1 through C2, the whole Italian language grammar explained.
The basic content did not change, but it is always updated, thanks to the work of our teachers and the feedback from the students: to secure a continuous improvement. Included in the price of the course, naturally.
El segundo piso del mercado central de San Lorenzo en Florencia se puede degustar cualquier plato de comida tipica fiorentina, toscana e italiana. Es así que a la hora del almuerzo o de la cena es la atracción culinaria para los turistas y para los mismos florentinos. La estructura è histórica y de propiedad del…
Same place, same hour, 7.30 in the morning, just got off the bus. The bus stop area at Montelungo (which a side entrance to the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella), at the side of the Fortezza da Basso, today looks like this:
Pitti Uomo Fashion Show is over, and all this trucks are waiting to enter the field of the fairground and reload the fair equipment (most of them are heading to Milan, for the following fashion fair). During the day this queue will lenghten to some kilometers. Better to avoid any car today and go by public means of transportation. Still better, go walking. Florence is a small city. Just 50 minutes walk from home to work…