Accademia Europea di Firenze
The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and the Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture. Founded in 2005 as an Italian language school for foreigners, over time our school has expanded and transformed to now offer students courses of Italian art and culture, music and dance. AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting, Dance, and Italian Language & Culture, as well as Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, intensive Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with universities from all over the world. Deeply rooted in Italian history and culture, but compliant with European academic standards, our school is enhanced by our experiential learning approach and the top quality of our faculty, which contribute to the creation of an international community in the city of Renaissance and universal beauty. Are you ready to be part of it?

Vivien Hewitt

Vivien HewittWith a masters of philosophy from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Vivien has been the stage director and/or costume designer for over 40 stageings of opera in major venues across the world, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Bunka Kai Kan in Tokyo, Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea, Teatro Municipal in Lima (Peru), Teatro Solìs in Montevideo, Baltimore Opera. An author of numerous books and publications, theatre and video scripts, she has collaborated as a Puccini and opera expert with many TV and radio programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, France 5/Arté, RAI, Carlo Felice Streaming and Rete Versilia, and holds the singular distinction of having had more performances of her productions at the Puccini Festival than any other director in its 61 years of existence.

MUSICAL DRAMA - OPERA DIRECTION - OPERA LIBRETTOS - HISTORY OF THE THEATER