Oberlin in Italy directly connects with my academic experience at Lawrence. I am in an intense vocal program that has high music demands, as well as a fantastic language immersion class. The differences are a stronger focus on the acting, and on opera in general as well as completely immersed in a new language and culture. At Lawrence there is a strong connection with all sorts of music: choral, musical theater, art song, early music, etc. Although Lawrence has some focus on opera, the Oberlin in Italy program feels completely dedicated to opera. All but one or two songs in every masterclass, (an opportunity where students witness other students perform and are coached by an accomplished artist in an open lesson) were opera arias, all the songs I worked on in lessons and coachings were either opera arias or opera recitative. It focused on one specific genre of the many genres that are presented in the Lawrence vocal department.

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