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The Introduction to Opera Performance course is spread over three consecutive terms and designed for singers who possess a secure classical technique wishing to gain stagecraft and operatic solo and ensemble singing skills. Entry to the course is via application form and audition. Please check ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.
This course is led by drama coach/stage director Will Kerley and vocal coach Panaretos Kyriatzidis, both of whom work with the group of students on a weekly basis, putting together musical and stagecraft elements of opera performance. This term, all students will be allocated one solo aria and a role in an opera scene each, according to voice type and ability, and which address particular performance or technical areas for development. Peer-learning opportunities are embedded in the course’s structure. The first half of the term will focus on the delivery of solo arias, and there will be one public performance of the solo arias on Wednesday 1 March (rehearsal from 6.30pm, performance at 8pm). All students are strongly encouraged to participate in this performance for maximum benefit from the course. The second half of the term will be devoted to workshopping ensemble opera scenes. These scenes will be fully staged, and they will form part of the repertoire for the summer shows on the evening of 7 July and the afternoon of 8 July. To participate in the summer shows, you will be expected to enrol on the summer term of this course.
It is assumed that all students will have regular singing tuition outside of the Course. The Head of Vocal Studies and Opera is 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. To apply for either of our opera courses (Introduction to Opera Performance & Morley Opera School), please complete the Morley Opera Audition Application Form found on our webpage: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/music/opera/ and e-mail it to email@example.com. Auditions are scheduled for 8&9 July for entry in September. We may hold further auditions in early September for any remaining places. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for a September audition.
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.
Students may be expected to supply their own music (scenes and editions chosen by the course tutors) and a Notebook for notes. Also, comfortable clothing for movement exercises.
Depending upon vocal technical assuredness, audition for the Morley Opera School, or an opera group outside Morley. Other useful courses include: Solo Singing 6 and Advanced Solo Singing Masterclasses. The course may be usefully repeated.