Preparing Operatic Roles –

A. Vocal Performance with Technical Supervision

B. Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles

Name and place of institution

ESMAE: Superior School of Music and Performing Arts, Porto, Portugal.

Period of the EOA module in 2017-2018

Winter semester: 5 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Also available within a Master´s level ERASMUS exchange

Description of the module

A. Vocal training and vocal improvement through the use of accurate vocal technique in accordance with the preparation and performance of specialized operatic repertoire (from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire). Other genres of vocal repertoire such as Lied, Song and Chanson may also be part of a specialized vocal study. Special attention will be given to technical problems, vocal characterization, style and interpretation as well as performance practices.

B. The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate the student's artistic autonomy both in methodological processes as well as the consolidation of an artistic identity. Through an organization of their knowledge and skills (creative, sensory and cognitive) the student will be able to develop interpretative operatic roles taking in account previous dramaturgic assumptions for the purpose of live performance.

Main Goals:

i) Master a variety of techniques of movement and acting.
ii) Develop somatic body-mind approaches to performance practice
iii) Increase awareness of the poetic universe of the performer
iv) Develop the singular nature of each opera singer during live performance and during collective interaction.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

The main purpose of this module is to consolidate the performer skills, giving a particular focus to the work on stage in the interaction with the director and the maestro. Issues of scenic presence in relation with the scene/stage will also be explored.This module will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience. The syllabus of the course will enable the student to observe and consolidate his/her artistic identity. By doing this the student will be learn to recognize his/her unique qualities allowing the development of autonomy and adequate confidence in dealing with the constant unpredictability of scenic practice within the professional artistic field.

The focus of this module will also be on vocal improvement and on vocal technique within the preparation and performance of operatic roles.

The emphasis is on artistry and the process of the vocal training through the preparation of operatic roles.

Names of the Professors of this Module

A. António Salgado and Rui Taveira

B. Claudia Marisa and António Durães.

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.

Number of EOA students

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

~ 4 months

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

10 -12 hours individual tuition

45 hours group work

Entrance examination

Application deadline: September 30th, 2017

Please include a link to a video recording and a CV in the application.

Applicants must perform three operatic arias from different periods and styles.

Description of the final examination

Public performance on stage with piano

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

€ 1.500,- Winter 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: Training
Academy of music: Porto
Period: winter

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