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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.