Performance of an Operatic Role in a fully staged Opera Production
Name and place of institution
ESMAE: Superior School of Music and Performing Arts, Porto, Portugal.
Period of the EOA module in 2017-2018
Summer semester: 2 May 2018 to 23 July 2018
Also available within a Master´s level ERASMUS exchange
Description of the module
Production of a full Opera: La Donna di Gennio Volubile. This classical opera was written by the world-renowned Portuguese composer Marcos Portugal (1762-1830). This opera will be produced in collaboration with a professional theatre in Porto and with the ESMAE orchestra. EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and will receive specialized diction, vocal and acting coaching to prepare specific roles for this production. The opera libretto will be performed as originally written in Italian.
Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe
This module will make the student aware of the full team work that an opera production requires and it will make the singer aware of the interaction between all the different areas involved and required in an opera (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)
Possible extras in addition to the module
The 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.
Name of the Professors of this module
António Salgado, Rui Taveira, António Durães, Cláudia Marisa, Manuela Bronze, Filipa Carolina, Marta Silva, Regina Castro, António Saiote
Number of EOA students
Singers (Min.1 student / Max. 3 students)
Number of ECTS credits
Within Master’s accreditation: 20 ECTS
Within Post-Graduate Course’s accreditation: 30 ECTS
Duration of the Module
~ 3 months
Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module
10 - 12 hours individual tuition
45 hours group work
Application deadline: March 31st, 2018
Please include a link to a video recording and a CV in the application.
Description of the final examination
Public performance of the specific role in the fully staged opera production
Total expenses of the EOA module per student:
€ 2.000, 00 Summer semester * **
*Prices do not include travel or living expenses.
** Prices are only applicable for students not currently studying for a bachelor, master's or third cycle degree.
Academy of music: Porto