Porto

Performance of an Operatic Role in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra

1st of March to 30th June 2020

1-3 vocal students

Colloratura Sopran, Lyric Sopran, Dramatic Sopran, Mezzo, Lyric Tenor, Tenor, Tenor Buffo, High Baritone, Dramatic Baritone, Bas.

The aim of the course is for students to work on performing a role and learn to co-operate with conductors, directors and other professional groups through the performances and participation on a fully staged contemporary opera: OPERA REAL.

OPERA REAL is a contemporary opera written by 4 of the most prominent Portuguese composers, based on original libretto by a Portuguese dramaturgist. It works like a set of 4 different and full of humor stories about 4 Portuguese Opera Theaters and their tragic ending (fire, earthquake, etc, etc.). This opera will be produced as a collaboration between the different ESMAE Departments, with the ESMAE orchestra and in co-production with the National Theatre of Porto, and it will be presented at this Theater (TNSJ), in June 2020.

OPERA REAL is a contemporary opera written by 4 of the most prominent Portuguese composers, based on original libretto by a Portuguese dramaturgist. It works like a set of 4 different and full of humor stories about 4 Portuguese Opera Theaters and their tragic ending (fire, earthquake, etc, etc.). This opera will be produced as a collaboration between the different ESMAE Departments, with the ESMAE orchestra and in coproduction with the National Theatre of Porto, and it will be presented at this Theater (TNSJ), in June 2020.

EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and would receive specialized diction and vocal coaching, and acting coaching to prepare the specific roles of this production. The opera has originally been written in Portuguese Language. It will make the EOA student aware of the full team work and cooperation that an opera production requires, and it will make the singer aware of the interaction of all the EOA Modules 2019-2020, and how different areas are involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)

20 ECTS 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work

Description of final examination: full staged Opera.

Possible extras: Students may attend one, or both, of these theoretical seminars on the subject of Opera and Performance:

1. Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Mário Vieira de Carvalho – member of the Administrative Counsel of the European Music Theatre Academy and President of CESEM – Center of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies

2. The Psychology of Performance - The underlying psychology to the study of operatic roles and other issues in opera. This Seminar will be given by Prof. Dr. Daniela Coimbra (PhD) - Professor on Psychology of Music, at ESMAE.

Besides that, Porto is a culturally interesting and beautiful city. Here you can profit from the musical and cultural activity at Casa da Musica, a very active cultural point in the city, as well as the Teatro Nacional de São João, Rivoli Theatre and the Coliseum of Porto.


Activity: Acting, Performance, Training
Academy of music: Porto
Language training: English
Student: Singers

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