Cosimo Colazzo

Italian School Faculty

Artist in Residence


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 and Peter Eötvös. National awards in composition: SIAE, 1983, Belvidere. He has won many international prizes in composition. He has participated with his compositions in various festivals, and his music is performed in Italy and in various European countries, the United States, and Japan, and broadcast by Italian national radio and television. His compositions are published by RAI Trade.



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ITAL 6613 - Vocal Techniques Italian Opera      

This course provides singers of all levels the opportunity to work on vocal technique, style and skills of the classical singing actor, in a concentrated immersion environment. It is also open to those without formal training who would like to gain basic knowledge and skills for good singing technique. This workshop includes private and/or group lessons in vocal technique as well as rehearsals with pianist and voice faculty. Weekly labs will focus on musical interpretation and on learning opera scenes. All participants who wish will perform in a final concert. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL 6635 - 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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ITAL 6731 - 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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ITAL 6732 - Rossini's Masterpieces      

Gioacchino Rossini's Innovative Masterpieces
This course commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioacchino Rossini (1792—1868) who dominated the development of Italian opera in the first thirty years of the 19th century. He inexplicably retired from opera composition at the age of 37 leaving an outstanding legacy that includes symphonies, cantatas, chamber music and ranges from opera buffa to opera seria. His comedic masterpieces such as L'Italiana in Algeri, La gazza ladra, and perhaps his most famous work, Il barbiere di Siviglia, are regarded as cornerstones of the genre. Rossini experienced the turmoil that European society underwent in the early 1800’s and his music though highly innovative also reflects a need for form, order, critical distance and even irony. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL 6755 - Giuseppe Verdi      

Verdi: The Opera of the 19th Century

Giuseppe Verdi defined himself as a prominent composer of 19th century opera. Departing from the “classical” style in which the role of the chorus is to disclose aspects of the drama, Verdi advances the operatic form with a more sensitive development of the protagonists, and in his ultimate works, to a form which expresses a major shift from contemporary popular style. The dramatic theatrical and musical language is innovative and continues to draw out the emotional involvement of the audience, reaffirmed in its new form. It is Verdi's ability to appeal to the public sentiment while evolving a form and incorporating contemporary political ideas that earned him recognition as well as a historical symbol of the Italian unification. Leaving behind the operatic form of the early 19th century while reinvigorating the elements of the "Classical" form, his language becomes more tender elevating itself in favor of a more elastic realization of the form and of the voice with respect to narration of the libretto.
The course intends to examine, by means of study of the most significant operas in their various phases of production, the development of the musical and theatrical language of Verdi while also studying the synthesis of a musical-political experience that presents a strong Verdean identity as well as a continuous operatic development.

Required Texts: Giampiero Tintori, Invito all’ascolto di Verdi, Mursia, Milano, 2009, 302 p., ISBN-10: 8842541427; ISBN-13: 978-8842541424

Readings from: Massimo Mila, Verdi, Rizzoli, Milano, 2012, 840 p., ISBN-10: 8817060437; ISBN-13: 978-8817060431 (libro) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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