CAR 2. Opera Repetiteur placement

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • January – March 2021 (c. 3 months)

OR

  • April – July 2021 (c. 3 months)

Term dates:

  • Monday 11st January – Friday 2nd March 2021
  • Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July 2020

The module will provide students with the experience to develop technical, stylistic, artistic and intellectual skills which form the basis of working at an advanced level as a repetiteur.

Pianists will work collaboratively throughout all aspects of the preparation and production process of the College’s fully-staged opera (repertoire to be confirmed). They will be mentored throughout by key College staff and they will also have contact with members of Welsh National Opera music staff.

The rehearsal process will mirror industry practice and provide the opportunity for the students to immerse themselves fully in the score, as well as becoming part of the creative team delivering the production.

The technical and musical requirements of playing during the rehearsal process will be supported by 1:1 lessons from experienced professionals in this field.

The module brings the opportunity to engage comprehensively with UK working practices, linking with Welsh National Opera through the RWCMD’s Seligman Opera School.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Simon Phillippo, Head of Keyboard Performance
  • Angela Livingstone, Head of Opera & Vocal Performance
  • Martin Constantine, International Chair in Directing
  • Alma Sheehan, performance coach
  • Music Staff of Welsh National Opera

Possibleextras:

  • Language classes
  • 1:1 keyboard lessons
  • Conducting lessons (optional)
  • Observation of WNO rehearsals and attendance at dress rehearsals (by negotiation on an individual basis)

Minimum and maximum number of students:

1 for each opera production period

20 ECTS

  • Music rehearsals: 12 hrs per week (4-5 weeks)
  • Production rehearsals: 40 hrs per week (5 weeks)
  • Stage rehearsals: 60 hrs per week (2 weeks)
  • Languages: up to 3 hrs per week, depending on the project
  • 1:1 keyboard lesson: 1 hr per week

Entrance examination:

  • Submission of unedited video, performing 2 contrasting scenes, with vocal lines sung from the keyboard plus one short piano solo of choice (please contact to discuss repertoire, if you need advice)
  • Deadline: 1st April 2020

Description of the final examination:

  • Continual assessment across project (50%)
  • Performance of studio rehearsal (50%)

Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at an advanced level of piano training, either Bachelors or Masters.

CAR 1. Using text to create character

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • September – December 2020 (c. 3 months)
  • Term dates: Monday 21st September to Friday 11th December

Developing the use of spoken word in an operatic context to explore and inhabit character, examining the relationship between text and music and how this synthesises to facilitate authentic delivery on stage.

The module is in two parts:

  1. Creating an advanced awareness of and emphasis on acting, movement and improvisation skills, through intensive and detailed study and delivery of set texts (drawn from poetry, plays and literature as well as operatic libretti) to create and inhabit character. Core methodology of this work will be based on Stanislawski.
  2. Focusing on attaining a deep understanding of the challenges of delivering recitative in opera, across a range of composers, styles and languages. This will be delivered through working sessions, coaching, staging work and a summative performance.

Instruction will be English; recitative may be studied in any of the principal singing languages. Students also take supporting classes shown below.

This module responds to the current needs of the industry (UK and Europe) to produce operatic graduates that are able to convey text clearly and convincingly, particularly in English, linking with Welsh National Opera through the RWCMD’s Seligman Opera School.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module

  • John Fisher, Artistic Director of the Seligman Opera School
  • Martin Constantine, Head of Opera Directing
  • Angela Livingstone, Head of Opera & Vocal Performance
  • Alma Sheehan, performance coach
  • Music Staff of Welsh National Opera

Possible extras:

  • Movement & drama classes
  • Language classes
  • 1:1 singing lessons (these may be focused on English repertoire – operatic, oratorio and song)
  • Vocal coaching
  • Involvement in the College’s end of term opera gala (opera scenes accompanied by orchestra) may be available, depending on the requirement of voice type and repertoire (tbc in September)

Minimum and maximum number of students:

1 – 2

20 ECTS

  • Text project: 30 hours
  • Recitative project: weekly classes (6 hrs per week), intensive production week (30 hrs) leading to in-house showing
  • Lecture series: 2 hrs per week Drama & movement: 2 hrs per week Languages: up to 3 hrs per week
  • 1:1 singing lesson: 1 hr per week Coaching: 1 hr per week

Entrance examination:

  • Submission of unedited video, performing 3 contrasting arias, 1 in English, 1 in Italian and 1 own choice language
  • Deadline: 1st April 2019

Description of the final examination:

  • Continual assessment across project (50%)
  • Performance in recitative project (50%)

Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at Masters level in vocal/operatic training.