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

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

1st of March to 7th July 2021

1-3 vocal students (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

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 2020-2021, and how different areas are involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)


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:

  • 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
  • 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.

*The Opera suggested by the National Theater is: The Importance of Being Earnest? An Opera by Gerald Barry based on Oscar Wilde´s homonymous Play (but other titles may be suggested and are still in discussion with the São João National Theater.)

Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera with Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest was staged for the first time in the UK in June 2013.


Via application form in EOA website. Keep in mind you will need to include:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos
Module Code : POR 2
Institution : Porto
Dates : Mar-Jul 2021
Student : Singer
Language : English
Activity : Training / Operatic practice / Acting
Module Type : Opera production