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

Entrance examination

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.

Module type: Production
Academy of music: Porto
Period: summer

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