The Vermont Italian Opera Intensive is a two week program where singers come to study, learn, and sing Italian opera. Modeled after the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera (EPCASO) program in Oderzo, Italy (founded by his daughter, Claudia Pinza), this program offers coaching in Italian opera style, Italian vocal technique instruction, and Italian language classes. Vocal coach Mary Jane Austin and opera singer Erik Kroncke, both faculty of EPCASO, run this intensive. They have over twenty years of experience in Italian opera and have worked with some of the greatest conductors, singers, and directors of the Italian opera tradition. All of the participating singers are of advanced study or professional level. The program will culminate with two concerts on July 21st and 23rd. The concert on the 21st will be a house concert in East Montpelier of Italian arias and songs and limited to 20 people. Please call 802 310 9802 for more information and to reserve a place. The concert on the 23rd will be a semi-staged concert of arias and scenes at the Waterbury Congregational Church in Waterbury, Vermont at 4pm. Both concerts are free, with donations gratefully accepted.