REY 2. Opera Ensemble Workshop: Mozart – Blended Intensive Programme

In this Blended Intensive Programme the IUA’s Music department created a workshop to train young opera singers on how to prepare and work on Mozart-ensemble. For this BIP, IUA Reykjavík has worked together with SKH Stockholm and ESMAE Porto. 


Overview of the course:

Period: autumn semester, 26.-30. September 2022


Subject: Big ensembles from Mozart operas*:


Deadline for applications: 20th April 2022

Voice / roles:

  • 7 sopranos
  • 2 mezzo-sopranos
  • 3 tenors
  • 3 baritons
  • 3 bass baritons
  • 3 bass

Don Giovanni – Finale I, no.13

“Presto, presto, pria ch´ei venga”

  • Masetto (bass baritone)
  • Donna Anna (soprano)
  • Donna Elvira (mezzosoprano)
  • Don Ottavio (tenor)
  • Don Giovanni (baritone)
  • Zerlina (soprano)
  • Leporello (bass baritone)

Così fan tutte – Finale I, no.18

Ah! Che tutta in un momento”

  • Fiordiligi (soprano)
  • Dorabella (mezzosoprano)
  • Despina (soprano)
  • Fernando (tenor)
  • Gugliemo (baritone)
  • Don Alfonso (bass baritone)

Le nozze di Figaro – Finale 2.act, no.16

Signori, di fuori…”

  • Susanna (soprano)
  • La Contessa (soprano)
  • Marcellina (soprano),
  • Basilio (tenor)
  • Il Conte (baritone)
  • Antonio (bass)
  • Bartolo (bass)
  • Figaro (bass)
How is the Blended Intensive programme organised?

The Blended Intensive Programme consists of 3-week virtual component and 1-week Physical activity organised as follows:

Virtual component: 

Online lectures: 1 x week, a total of 3 sessions

  • Week #1 – online lectures: Getting to know the story/caracters. How to prepare?
  • Week #2 – online lecture: Getting to know the style/Mozart. How to sing?
  • Week #3 – online lecture: Getting to know the language. How to sing italian?

Students will get 3-4 online lectures and assignments to prepare before the intensive work-week in Reykjavík. Each participant will work individually on the project as well as in collaboration with with each other. They will get training in character development, and the incorporation of foreign language in opera while working as part of an ensemble. This component also relies on the students forming groups around each scene(project) and collaborating independently online so they can make the most of their learning during the intensive week in Reykjavik.


Physical activity

Intensive Opera Workshop, from 26th to 30th September, 2022

  • Week #4 – Intensive Opera-Workshop in Reykjavik

This Opera-Workshop is about working as you would in an operatheater, re-exploring familiar opera-ensembles and find a way to surprise and challenge ourselfs. This is also an opportunity getting to know each other, getting to know different approaches and culture and  building up collaboration and network. The future aim is that the opera-workshop will become a regular collaboration between music universities in Europe in the years to come.

On-site teaching, preparation in each partner institution

Teaching location: IUA Reykjavík, Skipholt 31, music department, Dynjandi lecture hall

Participants: Students of the IUA singing program as well as at least 15 travelling students from partner schools run by EOA.

The coursework includes:

  • Language /diction work
  • Translation, basic music-dramatic structure
  • Musical work with coach, conductor, voice-teachers
  • Exploring the possibilities for basic dramaturgy in the scenes, with the help of movement and improvisation
  • playing with movement and communication between the singers


  • Carolien Drewes (Correpetiteur den Haag)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (Correpetiteur  Vocal Performance IUA)
  • Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir (Bodywork, movement, Reykjavík)
  • Martin Hellström (Stockholm University for the arts, opera department)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (IUA, Head of Vocal Performance)
  • Antonio Salgado (Head of Vocal studies at ESMAE, Porto)
  • N.N. conductor (ESMAE, Porto)

Click here to download the full description of the BIP and the Week Plan of the Workshop BIP

Practical information:

IUA has recieved organistional support from ERASMUS BIP Funding to develop this programme.

The sending institutions will apply for their own ERASMUS KA131 for the mobility of their participants.

REY 1. CAMERATA – Building and perfecting vocal technique and performance through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

September, October, November 2022 (Term dates: August 29 – December 15)

Description of the EOA module:

CAMERATA Baroque ensemble – Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration.

This module will consist of:

  • Collaborative music making with experts in Baroque interpretation.
  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Lunchtime recital series managed by students
  • Demanding vocal and instrumental work or programme based on a specified theme with Reykjavík Opera Days. (16 ECTS)*

*For instrumentalist a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on your needs.

Possible extras:

  • International phonetics IPA (2ECTS)
  • Dramatic interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Vocal improvisation (2ECTS)
  • Music, culture and society, lectures (3ECTS)

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

The collaborative learning environment that is the core of the Voice Department gives you a unique opportunity to develop your individuality as a singing artist. You will build your vocal technique and interpretive skills while working with a team of expert voice teachers who work in tandem empowering you to clarify your goals and make your own choices. A number of performance opportunities gives you valuable possibilities and practical experience in managing and leading projects. Working on baroque interpretation in an ensemble setting, making music together with skilled professionals will give hands on experience. The relatively small size of the music department makes it a very flexible learning environment and a fertile ground for initiative and creative ideas.

 Name of the professors of this module:

  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Sigurður Halldórsson (music director)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)
  • Dísella Lárusdóttir (voice and performance)

 Possible extras beside the module:

Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students:

  • 1-3 singers
  • 1-4 baroque instrumentalist primarily, strings and continuo

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Up to 20 hours per week

Entrance examination:

To deliver the following documents, via the application at the EOA website:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • ONE Unedited video, performing THREE contrasting arias or songs in at least TWO different languages.
  • Motivation letter

Description of the final Examination:

  • Assessment based on students journaling and self-assessment
  • Across project (50%)
  • Performance in project (50%)

Teaching language:


Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included/excluded in this price:

  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at BA level in vocal performance and for some instrumentalists.
  • Participants pay for their own accommodation and travel.