How To Learn Italian Through Opera – A Conversation With Gabe Wyner

Today I’ve got something a little different for you… all about how to learn Italian through opera!

Here's some background for you – including something you might know, and something you definitely don't!

One of my personal goals for this year is to get my Italian to a good level! (Not surprising, I know!) But something you probably didn’t know about me is that I’m a big opera fan!

But can I combine the two?

Well, if you've been following the blog and podcast recently, you'll know that I'm becoming more and more interested in input-based learning methods. Simply put, lots and lots of input (i.e. reading and listening) in combination with material you really like!

So I've been wondering whether I can use the Italian Opera that I love as a meaningful source of input to learn Italian myself. Would that work?

Enter Gabe…

Gabriel Wyner is an author, polyglot and opera singer with a pretty interesting story to tell. (Hear my previous conversation with Gabe on the IWTYAL podcast here.) With Gabe’s background in opera, I thought he’d be the ideal person to chat to about my evil plans. We recorded the conversation, and present it to you today!

In this conversation, we discuss the value and practicalities of learning Italian through opera. If you're learning Italian and you love opera, it's your lucky day!

Here are links to the key resources mentioned:

Enjoy!

Gabe’s Background With Opera

(Note: Not Gabe in the videos below!)

His first major role in a French language opera was as Pandolf in Massenet's Cendrillon, although he didn't speak French at the time!

 

What About Language Learning With Opera?

What Is The Italian Used In Operas Like?opera libretto

Gabe’s Thoughts On The Practicality Of Learning Italian With Opera

What About The Quantity Of Content In Opera? Is There Enough To Learn With?

Operas Also Tend To Focus Heavily On A Key Set Of Vocabulary

In Conclusion, Can You Learn Italian With Opera?opera house

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What things do you really enjoy that you might be able to use in your language learning? Is opera one of them? Let us know in the comments below!

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