La Lingua Della Lirica

A Program of Singing, Language, Culture and Performance Practice
Glenn Morton, Artistic Director
July 22-August 16, 2018


Established in 2009 by artistic director Glenn Morton, La lingua della lirica (The Language of Opera) is an intensive three and a half week summer training program in Novafeltria, Italy.

Best suited for the well-rounded singer who strives for excellence in their progression from student to young professional artist, La lingua della lirica provides advanced training in the diverse disciplines that contribute to the bel canto singing tradition.

Beginning with the premise that the music, poetry, and art of the bel canto are as vital and relevant today as they were 200 years ago, we present our singers a multi-dimensional experience in the language, aesthetics and culture of Italy.

La lingua della lirica focuses on the precise demands of lyrical singing in Italian, training singers to develop distinctive lyric diction, phrasing, musical style, dramatic presentation and the musicality of conversational Italian, all of which synthesize to allow specific, persuasive and powerful performance.

Encountering the history and cultural heritage of Italy ingrains each singer’s cultural understanding for character development and storytelling. Singers in our program are immersed into the daily life of an Italian village, and participate in weekly excursions.


Our faculty-artists are working professionals in major theaters and opera houses throughout the world. They hold positions at music and theater conservatories such as the Accademia Rossiniana, the Pesaro Conservatory, Mannes College, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, and have been affiliated with programs such as Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and the Rossini Opera Festival.

All participants will receive:

Daily individual coachings by experts in the field of Italian opera and lyric diction

Dramatic coachings and staging by a stage director specializing in
movement based acting techniques

Italian language classes offered by a professional linguist and historian

Master classes given by faculty members and guest teachers

Attending a performance at the Rossini Opera Festival in Rossini’s
birthplace, Pesaro

Three cultural excursions, which in the past have included: the Republic of
San Marino and the ancient city of San Leo, the cathedrals of Ravenna with
their world famous mosaics, the medieval castles of Verucchio and
Montebello, Santarcangelo and Cesenatico, the ducal palace of Urbino, and
the castle of Gradara, home of Lucretia Borgia and the famously ill-fated
lovers Paolo and Francesca

Performance opportunities in concerts at four historic sites in the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche
After one intensive summer abroad with La Lingua della Lirica, a singer is set firmly on the path to discovering the infinite nuances of expression available in lyrical singing and dramatic presentation.


Novafeltria is situated in the Valley of the Marecchia, in the mountains of the Montefeltro territory. It is on the border of Emilia-Romagna, the heartland of central Italy in the hills and plains of the Po Valley, and Le Marche, tucked away in a remote corner between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains. It is also close to Tuscany, renowned for its art, history and beautiful landscape. It can easily be reached from the Bologna airport, with frequent train service to Rimini, and from there an easy bus ride to the town center.

Participants of LLL have many opportunities to  interact with the people of Novafeltria, who are generous and welcoming.  We take part in the daily life of this intimate and vital Italian community.

All LLL participants are housed in a newly renovated student residence or private apartments. All are beautifully furnished with modern kitchens and bathrooms, and are located within an easy walking distance from the academy and theater. Local ristoranti, trattorie, pizzerie, as well as local merchants selling meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, make eating in Novafeltria a varied and relatively inexpensive adventure.

Staying There

Accommodations are included in the program fee. Participants are either housed in a newly renovated student residence or private apartments. The student residence has room for up to 12 people, housing two participants per room, with private bathrooms and two shared kitchens in the building. The residence is located within a few minutes’ walking distance from the academy, theater and town center. Apartments will be found to house the remaining participants, and are all located within a 10-15 minute walk from the academy and theater. All accommodations do not have air conditioning.

Decisions about roommate assignments will be made by late May. If you have a request for a specific roommate, please let us know and we will be glad to try to accommodate your request.

Out of consideration for roommates, overnight guests are not allowed in the housing provided by LLL. If you expect to have a family member or friend staying with you during the program, we can arrange to house you in a private apartment, but this will incur an additional fee of 300 euros (approximately $400). If you would like to arrange for a private apartment, we will have to know as soon as possible–May 15th at the latest.

If you have family or friends that want to visit during your stay in Novafeltria, we recommend the Hotel Magda, which is located only minutes from the school and theater. For information, go to The brothers who manage the hotel also manage the student residence, and are very accommodating to the needs of participants and their guests. There is also a very good restaurant in the hotel. However, please be aware that we cannot accommodate guests on excursions or concert trips. The final concert in Novafeltria is open to the public, and we will be happy to invite your guests to attend this performance.

Program Fees:

La Lingua della Lirica: $4000 USD, accommodations included.
Partial program grants may be awarded based on auditions.