Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to some of Opera Viva!’s most frequently asked questions

Opera Viva! in 2022

What CoVID-19 safety measures will Opera Viva! employ?

 The faculty and staff of Opera Viva! are committed to everyone’s safety first and foremost.  We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will adapt every precaution as things evolve. We firmly believe that we will be able to come together in joyful music in June-July 2022, but should things worsen we will cancel our program, as we sadly had to do in 2022 and 2021, and every student will receive a 100% refund of whatever they have paid to that point.

In Verona, we will observe, at a minimum, the following safety measures:

  • All students, faculty, staff and any visitors must show proof of being fully vaccinated in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s guidance  in June 2022.
  • For Opera Viva! lectures, masterclasses, private lessons and rehearsals, we will ensure all the facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized and well ventilated.  Our classrooms are large and allow generous spacing between students and teachers.
  • Our faculty, who have been working at renowned colleges and universities throughout the pandemic,  are well-versed in the best safety measures for singers.  For classes, lessons and rehearsals, expect to wear masks and ensure that you bring an adequate supply for the duration of your stay.  At this time, we plan that, in our public performances, our singers will be unmasked.

If the program is cancelled due to CoVID-19 travel restrictions, will you refund my payments?

We are optimistic that our 2022 summer program will proceed as planned, but if we decide for safety reasons, and following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that we must cancel our program, we will issue full refunds for any deposits or program fees that you have paid.  Apply today with confidence and submit your payments on time!

Young Artists FAQ

Is there an age requirement for Opera Viva!?

Opera Viva! is open to students between the ages of 18-30. Singers outside of this parameter will be considered on an individual basis.

Do I have to speak Italian to attend Opera Viva!?

No, most of the classes will be taught in English. Some of the coaching might be in Italian, but don’t worry. You will have Italian classes almost every day and will feel comfortable in your surroundings in no time! Having a working knowledge of the language of a foreign country you are visiting always helps, though, so get out that dictionary!

Is the class size limited?

In 2022, Opera Viva! will be limited to twenty-eight vocalists, two collaborative pianists and two student stage directors.

When is the deadline to apply for the 2022 session of Opera Viva!?

March 15, 2022.

What music should I bring for the session?

Please bring five Italian opera arias to work on in your lessons. This will also give us some choices when selecting your concert pieces. Additionally, please bring the music for your sacred concert piece and your scenes, all of which will be assigned before you come to Italy.

Will my parents and friends be able to come to my performances?

The recitals will be open to the public free of charge.  Opera Viva! students’ family and friends frequently visit us during our program, and they may make arrangements directly with the Residence all’Adige for accommodations.  Should your friends and family desire a rich, directed experience, they should apply for the Bravo Club for guided tours of Verona and other cities in the Veneto region, as well as for behind-the-scenes participation in our program.

Travelling to and Living in Verona FAQ

Do I need to be tested for CoVID-19 when I travel to and from Italy?

Requirements for vaccination status and proof of a negative CoVID test before travelling to and from the United States and other countries change on a regular basis.  You should check the CDC’s website regularly when planning your trip to Verona and your return.

Do I need a travel visa to come to Italy?

US citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy for a stay of less than 90 days.  This article provides a good summary of requirements, and citizens of other countries should check for their specific requirements.  US citizens must travel on a valid passport with an expiration date at least 3 months after their planned departure date, and six months is the recommended validity period.  For example, if you are planning to return to the USA after Opera Viva! on July 20, 2022, your passport’s expiration date must be on ore after October 20, 2022 at least, but January 20, 2023 is highly recommended.

Is it possible to have an apartment to myself?

Having roommates can make an experience more fun, but if you prefer to live on your own, a single apartment in our facility can be arranged. There will be an extra charge for the single, and they will be assigned on a space available basis.

Do I need to bring linens, dishes, etc., for the apartment?

No, the apartments are fully furnished and weekly cleaning service is provided.

How much cash should I bring?

The current in Italy is the euro.  Students from previous sessions have reported that they have travelled to Verona with a couple of hundred dollars in euros.  There are  many ATMs throughout Verona, particularly in the central district, il centro, which is a 20-minute walk from our facilities.  Most restaurants, grocery stories and other stores accept all major credit cards.

Will I need to have a car for daily activities and classes?

All formal Opera Viva! activities are within walking distance.

 Bravo Club FAQ

For information about the Bravo Club program in 2022, please review the brochure here.