Morley Opera School
When and Where
- 18 Apr 2018 - 7 Jul 2018 (99 hours, 11 weeks)
- Days and times
- Wednesday 18:30 - 21:30
Thursday 18:30 - 21:30
Saturday 13:30 - 16:30
- Morley College London
- Full fee
- Concession fee
- Senior fee
- Senior Fee discount not applicable
- Michalis Angelakis, Nicholas Bosworth, TBC
- Course code
What you will learn
The Morley Opera School course is spread over three consecutive terms and designed for singers who possess a secure classical technique wishing to develop and combine stagecraft and performance with existing musical skills; culminating in a public performance each term. There are classes to explore: movement; recitative; and stage & recital etiquette. You will have the opportunity to work with stage directors
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Develop your performance skills such as characterisation, movement and performing in a range of languages.
- Develop ensemble work within a small "company" environment.
- Identify and address strengths and weaknesses in performance abilities.
- Experience working in a professional environment, adhering to international standards of discipline and custom, within a strict rehearsal schedule.
Class format and activities
You will receive music and language coaching, both individually and in ensemble sessions.
Staging: scenes are broken down into working sessions, where all aspects of stagecraft are covered.
The use of props and costumes during the production period introduces elements of Stage Management, Wardrobe and Design.
Opportunities to audition for solo oratorio work with orchestra within Morley College and beyond.
Working as part of an ensemble creates the opportunity for peer learning and support.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
It is assumed that all students will have regular singing tuition outside of the Course. The Head of Vocal Studies and the Course Leader for Opera are willing to offer guidance and support in choosing a suitable vocal tutor.
You will need a sound vocal technique and a willingness to learn music independently.
Some knowledge of, or enthusiasm for, foreign languages (especially Italian, French and German), will be very useful.
Entry is by audition, arranged through the music secretary (020 7450 1838).
What you need to know before you enrol
Rehearsals are paced to get the best results out of all students. There may be some exercises at the beginning of classes and movement appropriated by the Stage Director. If you are concerned about any mobility issues, simply contact the Course Leader to discuss a suitable variation.
What you will need for your class
Students may be expected to supply their own music (scenes and editions chosen by the course leader) and a Notebook for notes from the Director and Music Staff.
Women: a loose full-length black rehearsal skirt and character shoes (or low-heeled lace up or buckle shoes), black tights or long black socks, long-sleeved white shirt or blouse which can be buttoned up.
Men: black trousers, black lace up or buckle shoes, long-sleeved white shirt which can be buttoned up and black socks.
Occasionally you may be asked to provide simple additions to costume such as tights or a T-shirt.
What you can do next
Depending upon vocal technical assuredness, students should investigate full-time study in one of the major conservatoires.
Students, who have a great deal of experience and a secure vocal technique, could consider entry into the profession.
The course may be usefully repeated.