This Maymester program examines the musical, literary, and architectural connections between Italy and Russia during the reign of
Catherine the Great. It takes participants to three cities: Rome, Milan, and St. Petersburg. In Rome students will attend lectures at
LUMSA (university adjacent to the Vatican), attend a musical performance at the Teatro dell’Opera, visit places associated with
Giacomo Casanova, and investigate architectural monuments by Italian architects whom Catherine attracted to Russia. In Milan
participants will attend an opera at the Teatro all Scala and visit sites associated with Cesare Beccaria. In St. Petersburg students will
attend performances in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre, and will study major architectural
ensembles. Takes place in May and June.