POR 3. Preparing an Operatic Production, for Stage Designers

Period of the EOA module in 2024-2025

08 October 2024 – 28 January 2025


11 March – 11 July 2025

This Module is divided in two parts:

A – Background knowledge and experience and

B – The preparation of an Opera

A. Background knowledge and experience: Stage Design with Technical Supervision (Costume, Set and Light Design)

8 October 2024 to 28 January 2025

Open for: 1-3 vocal students

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.

Names of the professors of this module:

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

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

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

11 March to 11 July 2025

Open for: 1-3 vocal students

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 24-25 Preview:


The Opera for this year is still in negotiation with National Theatres.

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 Performance:

  1. Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Francisco Melo – Professor of History and Aesthetics, at ESMAE
  2. The Psychology of Performance – The underlying psychology of 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.

Entrance examination

Portfolio – Interview

Video recording or link to video recording

Description of the final examination

Public performance on stage with piano

Teaching language

English – level 3

Total expenses of the EOA

1) This module is available within Erasmus exchange (Master´s level) only during the academic year 2023/24.

2) Prices are applicable for 2023-2024.

3) Prices do not include travel or living expenses

Module Code : POR 3
Institution : Porto
Dates : POR 3A. 08 October 2024 – 28 January 2025 AND/OR POR 3B. 11 March – 11 July 2025
Student : Stage Designer
Language : English
Activity : Design
Module Type : Training