Opera Language 1 (VSAO5611)


The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the importance of the Italian, French and German language and language coaching for singers. The unit will provide the student with a foundation in spoken and singing diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German through the study of operatic repertoire. As these skills are strongly related to singing technique and dramatic interpretation/communication, singing diction is taught primarily in individual coaching within the seminars.

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1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hr French, 1.5 hr German/week


Students are required to pass all assessment tasks: Continuous assessment (20%); examination (40%); recital (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.