Imagine learning Italian through opera. This publication seeks to help students do just that. Designed to supplement intermediate level programmes, the text can be used in courses emphasizing language, conversation, and/or culture. Six operas are examined: Il barbiere di Siviglia , La Boheme , Pagliacci , Otello , Tosca and La traviata . The volume aims to be fun for students, familiarizing them with great operas through discussion of well-kwn characters, plots, settings, themes, criticism and interpretation while they acquire vocabulary, accuracy and fluency. Each detailed opera unit contains many interactive speaking activities, reading comprehension, contemporary vocabulary, grammar, and writing activities as well as a section focusing on a specific aria or duet. Students are encouraged to tell stories, interpret characters, express and react to opinions, use appropriate vocabulary, and analyze themes using modern Italian. The book includes recommended lists of high-quality opera recordings on videocassette, DVD, audiotape, and CD. Units of study are designed to be used with excerpts from English-subtitled opera videos or DVDs.
Daniela Noe is senior associate, Italian Department, Barnard College, and language coordinator, Italian Programme, Barnard and Columbia Colleges. Frances A. Boyd is senior lecturer in language, American Language Programme, Columbia University.