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

Period: 1st of March to 30th June 2019 (Summer Semester)
communication language: EN

1-3 vocal students


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 and in collaboration with a professional Theatre of Porto, and with ESMAE orchestra. EOA students would 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 different areas involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)

Description of final examination:

Summer Semester: Operatic Role in fully Staged Opera Production with orchestra

*There may still be possible changes that will be communicated later and in a timely manner

Possible extras:

The students may attend to one, or both, of these two 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. There you can profit from the musical and cultural activity from Casa da Musica, a very active cultural pole in the city, among others such as: Teatro Nacional de São João, Rivoli Theatre and the Coliseum of Porto.

António Salgado, Rui Taveira, António Durães, Cláudia Marisa, Manuela Bronze, Helder Maia, Rui Damas, Regina Castro

12 hours per semester individual tuition
45 - Group work: 45 h

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

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