Students celebrate Italian Language Week with Verdi’s Macbeth

This year’s language week theme was Italian on stage and Italian Consul of Perth, Dr. David Balloni hosted more than 100 Italian language studies high school students and their teachers at West Australian Opera's performance of Macbeth.

Students celebrate Italian Language Week with Verdi’s Macbeth

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Maria Pennington who teaches Italian at Kalamunda Senior High School said the event allowed her students to experience “a world of creativity, beauty, history, storytelling and exquisite music”. Mrs Pennington attended the event with more than 50 students from Kalamunda High School including Italian, English and Drama studies students.

“Attending the opera and participating in the incursions have opened the hearts and minds of Kalamunda Senior High School Students and has encouraged them to see, feel and hear the world differently. West Australian Opera has helped students understand the connection between the Italian language and the Arts, and has taken them on an educational, cultural and rewarding journey”.

Also in attendance was the newly appointed Ambassador of Italy to Australia, Francesca Tardioli whose visit to Perth coincided with the event. During her speech the Ambassador said she was ‘pleasantly surprised’ to see so many young people in attendance who were ‘passionate about opera and the Italian language’.

“Opera is a lot more than just music it is a lot more than just a nice libretto. You can dream, you can cry, you can make comparisons to what is happening in your life. It’s a real 360 degree experience. I am very, very pleased to see that tonight this experience will be shared with people who have chosen to study my language – the Italian language. Go deeper and understand the culture of opera and understand why opera is so entwined in the Italian culture and through this you will discover a lot about Italian culture” she told the group of students.

For many of the students the performance of Verdi’s Macbeth marked their first time seeing an Italian opera. Jason Millimaci from Chisholm Catholic College was one of the students in attendance. “I enjoyed a new Italian experience and since this is my first opera it’s very interesting to see how it worked and how important the art form is in Italian culture”.

Alethea Johnson from Kalamunda Senior High School said there were many educational benefits to experiencing an Italian opera. “It helps me immerse myself into the culture of Italy. It helps me to understand different words to use when I’m speaking  and it’s just a fun way to teach others about the Italian culture”.


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