Italian Language for Opera 3

Subject MUSI90170 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 6 hours per week, 72 hours for the semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Italian Language for Opera 2

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre
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Subject Overview:

Students will continue their study of Italian phonetics, pronunciation, grammar, a range of text types (including professional communication) and language coaching in the Italian operatic repertoire. This study of Italian language and diction will be applied to specific role(s) that students may be undertaking in operas being performed during the semester and/or to other operatic repertoire. Students will continue to develop their Italian language skills through a range of activities aimed at developing their writing, reading, speaking, listening and grammatical capacities.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate professional level skills in the pronunciation, articulation, and enunciation of the Italian language in operatic performance;
  • demonstrate high level understanding and application of the principles of the pronunciation, articulation, and enunciation of the Italian language in opera production relevant to their roles within a fully professional opera company; and
  • demonstrate well developed knowledge of the stylistic conventions, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the speech sounds of the different vowels and consonants in relation to the opera repertoire;
  • demonstrate sophisticated understanding of grammar, syntax and style for literal translation and interpretation of texts from the repertoire of Italian opera; and,
  • produce and understand increasingly complex texts in Italian, including professional communication as appropriate to the work of an opera professional.


50%: Continuous assessment of language-based work including written and oral production.

20%: Phonetic transcription exercises (up to four).

30%: Final performance (including recorded outcome) and annotated write-up.

Prescribed Texts:

Adams, D. (2007), A Handbook of Diction for Singers: Italian, German, French, Second Edition (OUP).

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • demonstrate skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical / analytical criteria to practical outcomes; and
  • demonstrate analytical skills in the context of artistic performance.

Related Course(s): Master of Music (Opera Performance)

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