L’italiano nell’aria 1: Corso d’italiano per cantanti lirici e amanti dell’opera – Donatella Brioschi, Mariella Martini-Merschmann
L’italiano nell’aria is an Italian course in two volumes for foreign students of any country, even complete beginners, who are studying in conservatories and music schools in Italy, or schools offering specific courses of Italian for the Opera. The course is also addressed to opera aficionados and to all those who wish to learn Italian in order to better understand operatic libretti.
The course covers the A1-B2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is suitable to be used in class, but it can also be used separately for self-studying thanks to the numerous online resources.
L’italiano nell’aria 1 includes the following in a single volume:
2 Audio CDs
The Student’s Book is organized into 7 learning units. One of the main feature is that the progression of grammar lessons follows a different order than most of traditional courses. For example, direct, indirect and double object pronouns, as well as imperative mood and past and future simple tenses are all taught in the first volume, to facilitate students’ understanding of the opera texts. The section E ancora… groups together all grammar topics that, although part of the Italian language, are not of high priority when it comes to operatic texts. Another special feature of this volume is the continued presence of arias, recitatives and extracts, all carefully selected based on their relevance to the grammar presented in the book. This is a way for students to see in practice what they have just learned. All opera texts are accompanied by translation exercises. All dialogues are related to authentic situations and, along with the reading texts, provide essential communication, vocabulary and cultural resources. The volume provides a wide range of information on theaters, composers and opera singers. It also offers many quizzes on music and opera culture, as well as useful trivia to enrich students’ knowledge about opera.