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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. It is taught by stage director Will Kerley and vocal coach/repetiteur Panaretos Kyriatzidis, who work together to support the students in combining acting and singing in the context of opera scenes and arias. There is a public staged or semi-staged performance at the end of each term. Entry to the course is via application form and audition. Please check ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.
At the first couple of sessions, you are asked to bring along an aria of your choice to work with the tutors. The tutors will then assign repertoire for everyone to prepare during the term in music and stage rehearsals, and which will be presented at the public performances. Students learn through active rehearsal and observation of their colleagues’ work and there is regular feedback from both tutors on the students’ progress.
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. Auditions for the autumn term will take place in late June/early July. To apply, please download the application form found on our webpage: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/music/opera/ and e-mail it to email@example.com. You will need to prepare 2 arias of your choice for the audition from memory, and bring along a copy of the music for the accompanist.
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.
Copies of your allocated music will be provided by the tutors, or you can purchase your own copies directly from available sellers. You need to provide two copies of the aria you have chosen for the first couple of sessions of the term.
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.