Modern Music Theatre

Name and place of institution

Conservatorium Maastricht (CM), Maastricht, the Netherlands.

This module is offered by CM in collaboration with the Toneelacademie Maastricht/Academy of Performing Arts; both are part of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

Period of the EOA module in 2017-2018

April - May - June 2018

Description of the module

New developments within the art form of opera. Not mere reproduction. Existing opera repertoire in a contemporary setting with singers and actors sharing the stage. Conceptual thinking, improvisation, physical acting, choreography. Development of theatre personality, training diversity of thinking and working with specific set design. Musicians as makers.

Repertoire: Les Brigands by Jacques Offenbach

The text of the opera for the ensemble parts is in French. The solo parts and the spoken text will be mostly in the native tongue of the singer/actor.

In short: a new present day version!

"Les Brigands requires singing, speaking, acting and dancing on equally high level. Therefore I see this opéra bouffe as an 'ancient musical' "
[Dominik Wilgenbus, director]

Open for applicants regarding the following:

  • Falsacappa (tenor)
  • Up to 2 conducting students (in addition to 2 CM conducting students)

The module is divided into two parts: training and production. During the first 6 weeks, vocal students train within the Toneelacademie Maastricht/Academy of Performing Arts curriculum with additional, specific input from the CM. During the last 6 weeks, actors and singers work towards 4 / 5 performances of a new production, fully staged with orchestra accompaniment.

As this production has many roles there is a lot of working to do in preparing and rehearsing. Both Federico Santi (conductor) and Jeremy Hulin (operarepertoire-coach/conductor) will work with (up to) 4 conducting students and the conducting students also get to work in the rehearsals with the orchestra (possibly can conduct a performance as well).

Names of the Professors of this module

Teaching staff from the Toneelacademie Maastricht/Academy of Performing Arts & the Conservatorium Maastricht.

Guest director: Dominik Wilgenbus
Conductor: Federico Santi

Number of EOA students

  • Vocal roles as announced above and later on; possibly 1 to 3 students of EOA (depending on the composition of voice types needed for the (partly double) cast of the production).

  • Conducting students; possibly 1 to 2 students of EOA.

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

15 hours of training/week for 6 weeks. 6 full weeks working on the production. 4 / 5 performances.

Number of ECTS credits within Master's accreditation

24 credits

Duration of the EOA module

3 months

Frequency of the EOA module per academic year

Once a year

Entrance examination

Application deadline: September 1st, 2017

Please include a link to a video as well as a c.v. in your application.

Entrance examination: September, 2017 in Maastricht.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student

€ 1,000* **

*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: Training, Production
Academy of music: Maastricht
Period: summer

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