For our August Carolina Catholic show, we explore the world of opera from Lucca, Italy, where my son, Daniel Paparozzi, studied opera at the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale di Lucca during the month of July. In this show, we will see what it is like to attend an opera program in the city where opera was "born" (it is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini). The operas performed by the students of the Accademia were written by Catholics, namely, Puccini, Verdi, and Donizetti whose operas and other works reflect their faith. In this opera program, the students were taught Italian, Italian diction, voice, opera coaching, stage movement, poetry, and literature, and then they performed concerts for the public. We will learn what it was like to study these great composers and to work with accomplished musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard, NY's Metropolitan Opera, the Opera di Roma, the Spoleto Festival, and the stage and screen.

Here are some photos from the visit to Italy:

Accademia students singing opera in Lucca concert
Istituto Musicale Boccherini
Puccini statue in front of Puccini birthplace


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