We will be holding late auditions for remaining places on September 8th-9th for entry on our opera courses in September 2021. 
To apply for any of our opera courses, please complete the Morley Opera Audition Application Form and email it to opera@morleycollege.ac.uk

We are also offering to two successful applicants a stipend of £3600 for the period September 2021 – July 2022 (£1200 per academic term), for the posts below:

Assistant Repetiteur: to assist the Head of Opera and Senior Vocal Coach in providing support to our students through the piano accompaniment of vocal and language coaching sessions, music and stage rehearsals and student performances, notetaking and administrational duties. There will be opportunities to conduct rehearsals or provide vocal coaching, depending on experience. 

Stage Manager & Assistant Stage Director: to assume assisting duties such as notetaking in stage rehearsals, setting up the staging, providing props & costumes spreadsheets & measurements etc. Also, to take over stage management duties in the end-of-term shows.

These positions are ideal for repetiteurs and stage directors/stage managers looking to gain more experience in opera productions, especially in an educational setting. To apply for either post, please send an expression of interest to opera@morleycollege.ac.uk with a CV and cover letter by 6 September 2021.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview. Assistant Repetiteurs will be invited to an audition in early September, for which they need to prepare two ensemble opera scenes of their choice up to 5 min lengths each, singing the main parts while playing from a piano reduction score. There will be sight-reading and language tests. In addition, we are offering two bursaries equivalent to the full fee for one academic term of study (£950) to successful candidates below the age of 30, who meet the criteria for concession fees – to check if you may be eligible, please visit our fees and funding concessions page

Opera At Morley

We have adapted our Opera courses according to social distancing requirements to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. 

This means that:

The Introduction to Opera Performance course will be delivered online, exploring acting and vocal technique through warm-ups and workshops specifically adapted for online delivery. The end-of-term performance will be online, either streaming live or using a pre-recorded performance.

The Morley Opera School will be mainly delivered at our Waterloo Centre, in large rooms with small numbers. Some sessions will be delivered online when necessary. 

We will be offering our students opportunities for socially-distanced projects, such as performances (streamed or with live audience), and recordings of their work.

Our team this term includes:
  • Stage Director – William Kerley
  • Language Coaches – Matteo dalle Fratte, Johanna Mayr and Darquise Bilodeau
  • Head of Opera – Michalis Angelakis
  • Senior Vocal Coach – Nicholas Bosworth
  • Movement director – Mandy Gordon
  • Masterclasses by Brenda Hurley, Head of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music

Morley Opera School

The Morley Opera School is a long-established and respected part-time opera course, which offers high quality vocal and performance training. The course runs for three consecutive terms over one academic year and provides the opportunity to experience how a professional opera company works. 

To apply for any of our opera courses, please complete the Morley Opera Audition Application Form and email it to opera@morleycollege.ac.uk

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. 

You will:

  • Develop key professional skills such as stagecraft, movement, diction and vocal expression
  • Experience the demands of preparing, rehearsing and performing a variety of repertoire
  • Learn how to follow a conductor and gain experience performing on stage
  • Learn how to work as part of an ensemble
  • Receive guidance on artistic development
  • Take part in public performances, from concerts and recitals to fully staged opera scenes

We will:

  • Guide you through regular individual and group vocal coaching
  • Develop your pronunciation and understanding of Italian, German, and French repertoire
  • Provide opportunities to sing with an orchestra
  • Support you when applying for postgraduate study at music colleges and conservatoires
  • Directed scenes performances; rehearsing with a director and conductor.
  • Regular monitoring, feedback and advice from the course leader and senior vocal coach.

Morley Opera Alumni

Many of the Morley Opera alumni have successfully proceeded to post-graduate education at one of the UK’s prestigious music colleges, or been offered operatic roles in companies of professional standing.  Below are some examples of this:

  • Trainee Repetiteur Adam Turner was offered a place to study for a Master’s course at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama for 2019/20
  • Trainee Stage Director Annemiek van Elst was offered an assistant director position for upcoming productions at the Royal Opera House, where she was also a finalist at the 2018 auditions for entry to the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme
  • Mezzo-soprano Imogen Burgess was offered a place on the Master’s course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Baritone Michael Bushnell Smith was offered a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for 2018/19. He will be singing the leading role of Belcore in Guildford Opera’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
  • Soprano Kathryn Straw was offered a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for 2018/19
  • Soprano Anna Koukoullis was offered places at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for 2018/19
  • Soprano Anna Lawrence was offered places at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 2018/19

The Morley Opera School also offers regular training opportunities to repetiteurs and stage directors seeking to gain more experience in the field of operatic production and education. 

For the latest vacancies at Morley College London, visit the Jobs webpage: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/vacancy/

Introduction to Opera Performance

Morley also offers an Introduction to Opera Performance course which is designed for singers who possess a secure classical technique wishing to gain stagecraft and operatic singing skills. There will be opportunities for public performances and supporting roles in Morley Opera School performances.

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