Cosimo Colazzo

Italian School Faculty

Artist in Residence

 Sunderland Language Center

Diploma in piano, composition, conducting at the Conservatories of Lecce, Rome and Milan. Also has a degree in philosophy. He was a student of Salvatore Sciarrino. Attended courses and workshops with leading composers and conductors, such as Luigi Nono, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös. National awards in composition: SIAE, 1983, Belvidere. He has won many international prizes in composition. He participated with his compositions in various festivals, and his music are performed in Italy and abroad, in various European countries, the United States, Japan, transmitted by Italian national radio and television. His compositions are published by RAI Trade.



Course List: 

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ITAL6635 - Romantic Opera      

L’opera romantica: Bellini e Donizetti. (Romantic Opera; Bellini and Donizetti) – Romantic Opera

Nineteenth century Italian opera has always been defined by an interest in emerging themes of the era. These themes are focused on new subjects and produced a corresponding transformation in the complexity of composition and treatment of vocal melodies, the larger musical and poetic forms and the characterization of prominent figures. Italian opera arrives in the nineteenth century with the spirit of romanticism. The musical embodiment of contrasting psychological states inspires a bending of musical motifs which depict the state of mind of the characters. Nature is not just the backdrop, but in and of itself unveils expressive tension as well as a mysterious force greater than Man; a force that also has the power to console him. Opera of the romantic period abandons the conventions of the preceding century and assumes its recognizable form a new effect that expresses itself from within the musical language, the libretto, in the treatment of scenes and of the work as a whole. The course will concentrate on discussion of the themes of this transformation of musical language that helps to define itself as Romantic and on two prominent composers of nineteenth century Italian opera: Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. Donizetti has strong roots in the period of transition between the 18th and 19th centuries, finding motives of continuity and evolution with respect to his teachers Mayr and Rossini. In that time Donizetti revolutionized this new romantic sensibility that expresses the human condition not as abstractly heroic but in resonance with a sense of Bourgeois life and its character. Bellini, with the purity of his melodic inventions opens a portal to the enchanting and the spiritual consistent with the new values of dreaming, of abandonment and of melancholy.

Required Texts:
-Egidio Saracino, Invito all’ascolto di Donizetti, Mursia, Milano, 1984, pp. 285.
ISBN-10: 8842520659 - ISBN-13: 978-8842520658
-Bruno Gallotta, Invito all’ascolto di Bellini, Mursia, Milano, 1997, pp. 208
ISBN-10: 8842522104- ISBN-13: 978-8842522102 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6640 - Verdi & 19C Italian Melodrama      

Verdi and the Italian Melodrama of the 19th Century

The study of Italian culture, literature and music cannot be studied independently from opera and melodrama. It is within this genre that many authors, librettists, and musicians have pursued their artistic endeavors for long centuries. In the 19th century it is the melodrama that serves as a vehicle for the expression of romantic and risorgimental ideals. The communicative dimension of the genre developed within the dimension of theatre, which involves a public that is vast and stratified. Opera was driven in its course of evolution by structural definitions and taste, which were in close dialogue with developments in intellectual thinking and other art forms. This course will focus on historical aspects, formal constitution, aesthetic meanings, poetic motivations, musical and technical languages, social correlations and dimensions of production within the Italian operatic tradition. Special attention will be given to the 19th century and the epoch of Giuseppe Verdi.

Required texts: Massimo Mila, Verdi (a cura di Pietro Gelli), Milano, Rizzoli, 2000. ISBN 8817865354, 9788817865357 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session

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ITAL6647 - Giacomo Puccini      

Towards the West and East: The 'International Melodrama' of G. Puccini

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Giacomo Puccini embodied/represented a new development to the melodrama with new themes and sensibility, seen both in the theatrical and musical aspects of his masterpieces. What emerges is the capacity for characters and events to unfold in an emotional and psychological manner. The music, in parallel, is fluid and becomes soft. Almost spiritual, liberty enters the musical theater of Puccini and makes it sensitive to curved line, the symbolism, the dimension of dreams. There is thus a sense of the exotic, of a foreign culture, which can become a source of attraction or inspiration: the East with its load of myths and ancient rituals, but also the dynamic and younger West. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL6731 - Music of Gioacchino Rossini      

The Music of Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

The course will follow Rossini's biographical and artistic evolution from youth to maturity and the development of the techniques that gave form to his masterpieces. The early Rossini operas of the 19th century, are a departure from the melodrama that was then emerging. His ideal was that of opera as liberation through play, artifice, and enchantment. His rhythmic perfection, – the famous Rossini crescendo – makes of the music a wonderful game in itself. Between 1810 and 1829 he wrote thirty-nine operas including -- Barbiere di Siviglia, Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, and William Tell. This fruitful period was followed by a silence that lasted the rest of his life, with the exception of a few sacred works, chamber music, and piano pieces.

Required Texts:
Vittorio Emiliani, Il furore e il silenzio. Vite di Gioachino Rossini, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2008. ISBN-10: 8815125051 - ISBN-13: 978-8815125057
Giovanni Carli Ballola, Rossini. L’uomo, la musica, Bompiani, Milano, 2009
ISBN-10: 8845261441 - ISBN-13: 978-8845261442 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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