Morley Opera School
When and Where
- 1 May 2019 - 20 Jul 2019 (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
- £910 Staged Payments available
- Concession fee
- Senior fee
- Senior Fee discount not applicable
- This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
- Michalis Angelakis, Nicholas Bosworth
- 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 a variety of stage directors, language coaches, vocal coaches and other experts in the field of opera.
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
The Morley Opera School is a course spread over three terms, and each term focuses on a different main operatic language:
Autumn term: Italian
Spring term: German and English
Summer term: French and English
Each term culminates in a series of four double-cast public staged shows, featuring a variety of opera scenes in the studied language.
Casting includes at least two roles for each student that suit their voice type and stage of development.
The first three to five weeks are devoted to group and individual music and language calls with a team of vocal coaches and specialist language coach. Those are followed by another four to five weeks of stage rehearsals with the stage director, while music rehearsals continue. The last couple of weeks are solely devoted to stage rehearsals and final run-throughs, followed by two dress rehearsals.
Additional activities each term include masterclasses by well-known specialists in the field of opera, eg. David Gowland, Elaine Kidd, John Ramster, Mary King and Yvonne Howard. Also, one lunchtime concert of opera arias (optional), plus occasional opportunities to perform solos at other events at Morley College. Finally, at least one movement/stagecraft workshop per term.
The staff in 2018/19 consists of:
Head of Opera ( vocal coach & conductor in the shows): Michalis Angelakis
Senior Vocal Coach (vocal coach & pianist in the shows): Nicholas Bosworth
Language Coach: Isabella Radcliffe (Italian), Johanna Mayr (German), Marianne Vidal (French)
Stage Directors: Chris Cowell, Jack Furness, Ashley Dean
Assistant Stage Director: Annemiek van Elst
Assistant Repetiteur/Vocal Coach: Adam Turner
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.
This is an advanced course for students wishing to be able to perform opera at professional standard, and all of the students are required to participate in the end-of-term public performances. You are expected to:
- Have developed your vocal technique at a fairly high standard, and commit to continue receiving regular singing tuition in addition to your studies at the college (the college does not offer individual singing tuition). The Head of Opera and Senior Vocal Coach are willing to offer guidance and support in choosing a suitable vocal tutor.
- Commit to no more than 5 absences per term, and to all the dress rehearsal and performance dates, as provided by the Head of Opera upon offer of a place at the Opera School.
- Commit to regular practice of the music, translation and background research on the assigned repertoire.
- Be responsible for a positive and collaborative approach to the rehearsal and production process
- Some previous stage experience, and understanding of pronunciation rules in Italian, German and French are desirable.
Entry is by audition. Please download the form found on our webpage (www.morleycollege.ac.uk/morley-opera-school) and e-mail it to the Music Administrator or the Head of Opera.
What you need to know before you enrol
For more enquiries, please contact on 02074501838 or 02074501875.
What you will need for your class
Music scores (provided by the college)
Pencil and recording equipment
Comfortable clothes (movement sessions)
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 for more than three terms.