1. Knowledge and comprehension:
1.1 to learn the main characteristics of the genre libretto, of its origin and evolution, in relation with music, staging and the coeval literary context in Italy and Europe;
1.2 to understand the productive process of operatic performances and the editorial process of librettos;
1.3 to understand the main formal parts of librettos (recitatives, solo arias, concertati, choruses etc.), their dramaturgic function and metrical form;
1.4 to understand style, lexicon and grammatical structures of the language of the librettos.
2. Capability of applying knowledge and comprehension:
2.1 to orientate oneself in the history of libretto-writing and, more generally, of Italian opera, by contextualizing in time and space authors, composers and their works;
2.2 to be able to distinguish the different formal parts of the librettos, on the basis of their dramaturgical function and metrical form;
2.3 to be able to individuate stylistic features and figures of speech in the language of the librettos;
2.4 to be able to paraphrase the excerpts of librettos read and commented upon during the lessons;
2.5 to recognize the orthographic, phonetic, morphological, syntactic, lexical and textual peculiarities of the excerpts read and commented upon during the lessons, by describing their origin and diffusion in Literary Italian.
3. Judgement ability:
3.1 to be able to evaluate critically the adequateness of the models of formal (rhetorical, stylistic, grammatical) analysis applied to the excerpts read during the lessons and also to other texts.
4. Communicative abilities:
4.1 to be able to communicate the peculiarities of the stylistic and linguistic form of opera librettos, by making use of a convenient terminology.
5. Learning abilities:
5.1 to be able to study critically the reference texts, by hierarchizing information and making connections between different notions.