Faculty of Music

Accademia Europea Dell'Opera

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2015 AEDO participants pictured above (left to right): Amanda Weatherall; Susana Arcila Tascon; Nicole Stocks; artistic and musical director Simone Luti leading the orchestra and choir. Photo credit: Federico Marconi

Announcing the 2017 Season! We are honoured to welcome once again from the Teatro alla Scala both its head coach, James Vaughan, and Enza Ferrari.

For more updates and photos as the season progresses, find us on Facebook.

AEDO 2017 season


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To review the operas for AEDO Italy 2017 (fully staged, with orchestra)
please review our brochure (PDF 608 KB)

About AEDO

AEDO, the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, is a uniquely focused European opera experience, created in collaboration between Western University Canada, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, centered on the preparation, creation, and performance of full operatic roles. The international program brings together selected singers from around the globe to work with pianists, conductors, and directors from some of the world’s most celebrated opera institutions, during an intense period of musical and dramaturgic study and rehearsal, followed by a series of public European performances.

Participants work at an extremely high level to understand firsthand the musical, intellectual, and physical tools required to build an opera character from concept to performance, and are prepared for similar professional experiences in European and North American opera houses. The program also includes masterclasses and coachings with special guests from Europe’s leading opera programs (past guests have included the head coach from Teatro alla Scala, and the heads of the National Opera Studio London, Opera Studio Nederland, and the studio of Opera du Rhin), and private voice lessons, all in context of a compelling European life setting.

Vocalists of the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera are given the opportunity to learn and perform full operas with orchestras in a program that models the rhythm and energy of the professional operatic experience. Through this elite academy singers are exposed to the European opera performance tradition.

AEDO’s takes place in the spectacular Tuscan city of Lucca, birth place of Puccini, home of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago. This picturesque setting provides the quintessential Italian experience and backdrop to AEDO’s program of opera production and musical and dramatic study. Performances take place throughout the Tuscan countryside and artists live in Lucca’s stunning historic centre, less than an hour’s journey to Pisa, Florence, or Mediterranean Sea

Accademia Europea Dell’Opera is your ultimate European opera experience.

Programs, Fee and Audition Requirements

Applications will be accepted by mail at:

       Canadian Operatic Arts Academy
       c/o Don Wright Faculty of Music
       Talbot College, Room 210,
       Western University
       1151 Richmond Street,
       London, ON, N6A 3K7

OR by e-mail at: coaa@uwo.ca

*** NOTE: Payment can only be accepted by MAIL in the form of a cheque or money order. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.
Please note that all fees, including application fees and tuition fees, are non-refundable.

Singer Program

Learn and perform full operas in a program that matches the rhythm and energy of a professional experience.

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Pianist Program

Further your vocal accompanying experience to prepare for professional opportunities in the world of opera.

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Assistant Director and Assistant Conductor Fellowships

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Instrumentalist Program

The Accademia Europea dell'Opera welcomes applications from all orchestral instruments (both Baroque and non-Baroque) to join a highly successful program in Lucca, Tuscany. The program includes:


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List of Faculty & Guest Presenters

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Singer, Pianist & Instrumental Audition Dates

AEDO 2015

July 29, 2015: After weeks of intense study and rehearsal in the stunning locale of Lucca, Italy, the series of public AEDO performances - in collaboration with Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini - are underway!

View "Fra terra e cielo" 2015 festival program

In the media (2015): Article 1  Article 2  Article 3  Article 4  Article 5




Photo: 2013 © Guido Mencari - www.gmencari.com