ANT 2. Repetiteur training in Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

January – February – March 2021

Only available for students from ERASMUS+ partner institutions (3 months)

Description of the module: W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni

This module offers 1 pianist specific training as repetiteur, aimed at pianists aspiring to work in opera.This experience will take place in the stimulating environment of the deSingel Arts Campus. Ideal for a pianist with limited prior experience in opera, this module includes:

  • Observing the production process from beginning to end, which includes attending all musical and scenic rehearsals, recitative coachings and rehearsals, individual coachings of the cast, as well as related voice lessons.
  • Weekly lessons with the resident professor of collaborative piano on the relevant materials, focusing on developing the skills of a repetiteur: singing while playing, preparing the score musically/pianistically for rehearsal, developing a deeper understanding of vocal technique in order to effectively coach singers, coaching, working with conductor and director.
  • Italian language coaching along with cast members.
  • Lessons with the resident professor of continuo playing on recitatives.
  • While the current Master students at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp will be the official continuo players (on fortepiano) for the production, and the professor of collaborative piano will in general play the tutti musical and scenic rehearsals, the EOA-pianist will lay all chorus rehearsals, as well as some scenic rehearsals and coachings as merited.
  • The pianist will receive weekly individual feedback, personalized advice and new assignments by the professor of collaborative piano.
  • Lessons advanced keyboard musicianship.
  • Cultural background of opera via a music history module (English).
  • Participants will interact with the regular students of the conservatory.

The goal is to gain an in-depth familiarity with Mozart’s operatic style while simultaneously learning and implementing, under expert supervision, the specialized skills and tools of a repetiteur.

The module is an excellent starting point for a pianist to foster their interest in opera and develop that into a professional ability as repetiteur and coach. Participants will be fully welcomed into the regular student body of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp.

The cultural scene in Antwerp city encourages immersion into the professional international art scene on a daily basis. At deSingel Arts Campus, concerts and presentations by major musicians, theatre and dance companies intermingle with lessons, bridging the gap between student life and profession.

In addition, the music department is strongly connected with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Don Giovanni conductor Jan Schweiger is chorus master for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, while professor of collaborative piano Jeanne-Minette Cilliers was a long-time repetiteur on the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen staff.

Participating professors:

Jeanne-Minette Cilliers (head of collaborative piano, opera coach, repetiteur) Sabrina Avantario (Italian language coach)

Korneel Bernolet (continuo)

Guy Joosten (scenic interpretation lessons)

Joost Van Kerckhoven (advanced musicianship piano) Jan Schweiger (conductor of the opera)

TBA (music history module related to opera)

Possible additions to the module:

  • Pianists are invited to the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen to observe/take part in rehearsals as well as attend pré-general/general rehearsals of opera productions.
  • Masterclass piano
  • Optional Courses from the list of Elective Courses at the Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp

Number of EOA students:

1 pianist

Number of ECTS credits: 24 ECTS

  • Collaborative Piano (6 ECTS)
  • Language coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Accompaniment & coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Advanced keyboard musicianship (3 ECTS)
  • Music Practice (6 ECTS)
  • Music history module related to opera (3 ECTS)

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Up to 20 hours/week

Application process:


First round of application: on/before April 15, 2020.

Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by May 15, 2020 (upon receipt of application documents).

Second round of application: on/ before 1 September, 2020.

Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by September 15, 2020 (upon receipt of application documents).

Please include a video link as well as a CV and motivation letter with your application form.

The video must contain at least 1 Mozart aria/scene performed live with a singer, as well as another piece (lied or opera), with a singer, in a style of your choice. The video must be without any audio / video post-production.


Permanent evaluation: over the three-month period of this module, all preparation, playing and general attitude toward learning will form the basis for the final evaluation.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

Free for students in Erasmus Program, currently studying for a Bachelor, Master or third cycle degree. (Not available for Postgraduates)

Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Module Code : ANT 2
Institution : Antwerp
Dates : Jan-Feb-March 2021
Student : Pianist
Language : English
Activity : Training
Module Type : Opera Production