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Morley Opera School
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Develop vocal performance and pronunciation skills through working with vocal coaches and language coaches.
- Develop stagecraft skills, such as movement and characterisation on stage through working with a stage director.
- 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.
- Develop ability to follow a conductor
Class format and activities
The Morley Opera School is a course spread over three terms in one academic year. Each term culminates in a series of public staged shows, featuring a variety of opera scenes and languages (Italian, German, French and English). Each student is allocated at least two roles in opera scenes, 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 devoted to stage rehearsals and final run-throughs, followed by dress rehearsals. Additional activities each term include masterclasses by well-known specialists in the field of opera, eg. Roderick Williams, David Gowland, Brenda Hurley, John Ramster, Mary King and Yvonne Howard. Also, one optional lunchtime concert of opera arias. There are also movement and stagecraft workshops and other activities. The staff this term consists of: Michalis Angelakis - Head of Opera; Ashley Dean - Stage Director; Nicholas Bosworth - Senior Vocal Coach; Matteo Dalle Fratte - Italian Language Coach; Johanna Mayr - German Language Coach; Darquise Bilodeau - French Language Coach. The course runs on Wednesdays & Thursdays 6.30-9.30 & Saturdays 1.30-4.30, and students are expected to be available during these times, as well as during the dress rehearsal and performance dates on all the evenings of 28 March to 1 April and the afternoon of 2 April (matinee show).
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 to the course is via audition. Auditions for this term take place in November-December 2021. To apply, please download and complete the form found on our webpage (www.morleycollege.ac.uk/morley-opera-school) and e-mail it to email@example.com. We will then contact you to arrange an audition.
What you need to know before you enrol
Entry to the course is via audition - please read the 'Entry Requirements'. You are also expected to devote regular time for individual study outside the course hours. If you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
What you need
Music scores (provided by the college) Note-taking equipment. Comfortable clothes for 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.