STO 1. Italian opera scenes – language, expression, communication

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

Autumn semester 2022:

  • 29th of August – 4th of November 2022 (possible extension to 15th of January 2023)

Open for:

1-3 vocal students


Explore the connections between language, music, acting and movement through scenes from Italian Opera and recitative. You will work with language, musical performance, acting, vocal skills and stage movement in parallel, often with several teachers cooperating in the same session.

The module will contain:

  • Investigation of the influence of language on stage thought, action and performance
  • vocal coaching and musical preparation of opera scenes in original language, individually and in group
  • Practical role analysis and stage work
  • Stage movement classes
  • An intensive course focusing on the secco recitative. The course gives methods for preparation, musically and language-wise, as well as methods for achieving spontaneity and meaning in the performance of recitative through improvisational methods
  • Performing arias and select ensembles in a concert with orchestra
  • Performing opera scenes with piano in our studio theatre

The repertoire is selected to suit  the students in the course. The repertoire will be discussed and decided in June.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Patrik Sörling, stage director, assistant professor of stage movement
  • Giuseppina Penta, language coach, senior lecturer of Italian lyric diction
  • Martin Hellström, assistant professor of musical interpretation

Number of ECTS:

21-30 ECTS

  1. 120 hours

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an art form and of the opera singer’s profession with invited guests from the professional field
  • Seminars on performance psychology for singers

Entrance examination:

We choose our EOA-students via recorded material. With the application we need recordings of sound and video. Formats:

  • Sound: Wav or AIFF
  • Video: Mov or mp4

 Description of the final Examination:

Students are examined through:

  • the performance of  the Italian opera scenes
  • the concert with orchestra
  • through a reflective seminar

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

Communication language: English B2

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

It is against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education.

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

Module Code : STO 1
Institution : Stockholm
Dates : August – November 2022 (possible extension to January 2023)
Student : Singer
Language : English
Activity : Acting / Performance
Module Type : Language-specific repertoire studies