POR 3. Preparing an Operatic Production, for Stage Designers

This Module is divided in two parts:

A – Background knowledge and experience and

B – The preparation of an Opera

Period of the first part of the EOA module:

A – Stage Design with Technical Supervision (Costume, Set and Light Design)

  • 8th October 2021 – 28th January 2022

Open for:

1-3 students

Content:

Stage Design is, of course, divided according to specialties (Costume, Set and Light Design), and the aim of each module now offered within each specialty is to facilitate technical and artistry improvement through the use of different and specialized techniques and knowledge, according to the philosophy of building up costumes, sets and light designs within the preparation and performance of specialized operatic repertoire (from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire). The emphasis is on artistry within the process of making an opera. Each year there will be a different Opera Production which will be the aim (Part B) and consequence of this Module development (Part A). This module (within the different specialties now offered) has as the goal to enable the student autonomy, both in achieving methodological processes as well as the consolidation of a Stage Design and an artistic identity. This process will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making, and it will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

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

  • Costume Design – Manuela Bronze
  • Set Design: Helder Maia
  • Light Design: Rui Damas

Number of ECTS:

20 ECTS – 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work

Period of the second part of the EOA module:

B – Preparation of an Opera Performance in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra in Porto*

  • 11th of March 2022 – 11th of July 2022

Content:

This Module is only open for those students that have done Part A of the Module and, though, have acquired the knowledge and experience necessary and sufficient to be able to construct costumes, scenery and light designs work for the out coming opera production. Or, for those who can demonstrate through portfolios their ability and knowledge in the construction of costumes, sets and light designs.

*The Opera Production for 21-22 is not yet decided but soon it will be announced in EOA Site.

The Opera for this year is still in negotiation with the National Theatre of Porto: TNSJ. Soon it will be fully announced.

Number of ECTS:

Until 20 ECTS 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work

Description of final examination:

Full staged Opera.

Possible extras: 

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. Francisco Melo – Professor of History and Esthetics, at ESMAE.
  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.

POR 2. Performance of an Operatic Role in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • 11th of March to 11th of July 2022

Open for:

1-4 vocal students (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

Content:

The aim of the Module 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 opera.

The Opera for this year is still in negotiation with the National Theatre of Porto: TNSJ. Soon it will be fully announced.

EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and will receive vocal coaching and acting to prepare the specific roles of this production. 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 EOA Modules 2021-2022, and how different areas are involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)

Number of ECTS:

20 ECTS 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work.

Description of final examination:

Full staged Opera.

Possible extras: 

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. Francisco Melo – Professor of History and Esthetics, at ESMAE.
  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 Música of Porto, a very active cultural point in the city, as well as the Teatro Nacional de São João, Rivoli Theatre and the Coliseum of Porto.

POR 1. Preparing Operatic Roles

METHODOLOGY: IMPROVISATION, MOVEMENT, VOCALITY AND E-MOTION AROUSAL AS A BODY AND VOCAL APPROACH TO OPERA SINGING AND OPERA MAKING

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

8th October 2021 to 28th January 2022

Open for:

1-3 vocal students

A. Vocal Performance with Technical Supervision

The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate vocal improvement through the use of improvisation, movement, emotional arousal accurate vocal technique in accordance with the preparation and performance of specialized operatic repertoire (from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire. Special attention will be given to technical problems, vocal characterization, style and interpretation as well as performance practices. 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). Other genres of vocal repertoire such as Lied, Song and Chanson may also be part of a specialized vocal study. This module has as the goal to enable the student autonomy, both in achieving methodological processes as well as the consolidation of a vocal as well as an artistic identity.

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

António Salgado and Rui Taveira

B. Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles

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.

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

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. Scenic experimentation through body movement, improvisation, vocality and the arousing of emotion will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making. This module will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

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

  • Claire Bynion
  • António Salgado
  • Claudia Marisa
  • António Durães

Number of ECTS:

20 ECTS – 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work.

Description of final examination:

Public performance on stage with piano.