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Introduction to Opera Performance
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Develop your performance skills such as characterisation, movement and performing in a range of languages.
- Broaden your knowledge of the operatic solo repertoire suitable for your voice type.
- Develop confidence in singing and acting.
- Identify and address strengths and weaknesses in performance abilities.
Class format and activities
The course is led by a vocal coach and a stage director, who work with the students on a mixture of online and in-centre sessions. This term repertoire will include solo arias and ensembles in Italian, French and German, with a focus on how to deliver them for the webcam, exploring relevant acting skills, vocal technique and facial posture. Apart from each person's individual sessions, other means of learning will include peer observation, reflection and analysis. Some of the sessions will take place in-centre, particularly the sessions involving ensembles. The main project of the term will be the live performance of solo arias and small ensembles at Morley College on Sunday 27 March at 2pm. Please note that there will be an in-centre rehearsal on Sunday 20 March 11-2.
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, please complete the application form found on our webpage: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/music/opera/ and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . Auditions for this term will take place in November-December 2021, although we may accept late applications. If you are able to come to a face-to-face audition, please enquire by e-mail. You will need to prepare two arias of your own choice for your audition, and there will be a short interview afterwards. Alternatively, you can submit a video recording of yourself performing two arias of your own choice with live or pre-recorded accompaniment. You do not need to hire or purchase recording equipment for this- your smartphone will do perfectly. Upon receipt of your video recording, we will contact you to arrange an interview in the form of a video call.
What you need to know before you enrol
Rehearsals are paced to get the best results out of all students. There may be some warm-up and movement exercises led by the Stage Director. If you are concerned about any mobility issues, simply inform the Stage Director to discuss a suitable variation.
What you need
This course will include a mixture of online and in-centre delivery, therefore for the online component, you will need: - Internet connection - A computer with microphone and camera (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer. - A separate device and speakers to be playing the pre-recorded piano accompaniment -Access to the electronic material provided by the tutor (eg. song lyrics, sheet music etc)
What you can do next
Depending upon vocal technical assuredness, audition for the Morley Opera School, or an opera group outside Morley. Other useful courses include: Solo Singing:Advanced, Advanced Singing Masterclasses. The course may be usefully repeated.