• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Italian
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course provides an introduction to Italian opera and music language and culture. The course develops learners' knowledge of the basic structure of the grammar of opera and its metalanguage, students' pronunciation and phonetic approach to singing. Emphasis is placed upon developing students' understanding of operatic language to produce appropriate interpretations. It also introduces students to the history of Italian opera by considering a variety of concepts and themes linked to opera.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By completion of this course students will be able to: 

  1. listen, read and comprehend brief texts in Italian;
  2. produce written and oral texts requiring a basic knowledge of Italian grammar;
  3. produce phonologically accurate excerpts of songs and arias;
  4. research and present brief commentaries in Italian about composers and operas (themes; music; historical period; artists' most famous performances)

Indicative Assessment

1 Semester-long project (50%) leading to a brief composition, presentation and performance
1 Language of Opera Test (20%)
1 Voice / pronunciation exercise (15%) 
1 Cultural quiz (15%)

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13 two-hour face-to-face lectures, 13 tutorials and 12 hours of practice (voice with accompaniment) for voice students taught by the school of music in lecture/tutorial.

Prescribed Texts

D. Noe' and F.A. Boyd, L'italiano con l'opera: Lingua, cultura e conversazione. Yale University Press, 2002.
R. Tartaglione, Grammatica italiana. Firenze: Alma, 1997.
S. Galasso and G. Trama, Italiano in 5 minuti: Eserciziario. Firenze: Alma, 2008.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3090
2008 $3090
2007 $3090
2006 $3090
2005 $3090
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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