An initiative by the City of Pienza, Opera Pienza has created for itself the ambitious goal of becoming a "launch pad for the promotion of young opera singers", and benefits from the invaluable support of Signora Adua Veroni Pavarotti. In 2020, among the events organized by Opera Pienza, is the 11th International Competition for Young Opera Singers. The competition jury counts among its members some of the most prominent names in the world of opera.

As in previous years – to date over 1000 singers have come to Pienza from more than 30 countries: China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, South Korea, Japan, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Germany, France, Great Britain…, we expect participation this year to include artists from around the world.

The project makes use of the important and authoritative sponsorships and collaborations and has obtained important awards. Among these, for previous editions: the "Representative Medal of the President of the Republic" (2017-2018-2019), the "Representative Medal of the Senate of the Republic" (2018), the "Patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers" , the "Patronage of MIBACT", the collaboration with "the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala", the collaboration with the "Teatro Opera di Firenze Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", the "Carlo Felice Theater of Genoa", the Theater of the "Opéra de Montecarlo ", the" Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg ", the" Stiftung Staatstheater Nurnberg "," Opera Vlaanderen "Antwerpen-Belgique, the" Deutsche Oper Berlin "," La Monnaie / De Munt-Brussels "," Aalto Theater Essen "," Opera Zuid "Maastricht-Nederland," Opéra National du Rhin- Opéra d'Europe- Strasbourg- Colmar- Mulhouse ", the" Canadian Opera Company-Toronto-Canadian ", the" Luigi Cherubini Conservatory "of Florence, the" Kikko Music ", l agency "Atelier Musicale", "Moira Johnson Consulting" of Ottawa, the "Tuscany Region", the "Province of Siena", the "Rimini Hospital", the "Association of Friends for the Skin of Milan", the " Municipality of Trequanda "(Si), the" Conservatorio S. Carlo Borromeo "of Pienza, the" Liceo Musicale Petrarca of Arezzo ", the" Podere Forte ", the" Banca Cras ", the" Rotary District 2070 Montepulciano- Chiusi- Chianciano ", The" Rotary Club "of Cittá della Pieve, the" Academy of the dark ", the Bank" MPS "and the" ProLoco Pienza Association "

In 1996, the City of Pienza was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO where, in order to be included, it had to present exceptional value to the world and meet at least one of the 10 selection criteria. UNESCO noted three particular criteria in relation to Pienza: it represents a masterpiece of human creative genius, embodying an important combination of human values based on its architectural development, technology, monumental arts, planning and design of the natural landscape, and finally for setting a benchmark in the illustration of one or more phases of human history.

Opera Pienza, with a focus on promoting young operatic talent, also organizes the Academy of Opera Pienza, a program for the study of vocal and scenic arts, with the aim of preparing young singers for a professional career with vocal, artistic and musical training.

Accademia Opera Pienza" is the summer event that will feature some of the winners of the 10th edition of the Competition and previous editions that will be engaged in staging the opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" by Gaetano Donizzetti which will be held in Piazza Pio II in the days July 31 and August 1, 2020.

The project of the Municipality of Pienza also looks at the social dimension and health issues. Since its establishment, in fact, Opera Pienza has been strongly involved in the melanoma prevention campaign. For this reason, it has activated collaborations with the "Amici x la pelle Association" which is based within the National Cancer Institute of Milan (Dr. Mario Santinami), with the Cesena Hospital (Dr. Donato Calista) and , in our territory, with dr. Stefano Menchetti (Montepulciano Stazione- Si). We believe that the visibility of our project obliges us morally and conscientiously to promote correct information in the widest possible range of recipients.

The Artistic Director

Monica Faralli