VAL 2. Performance of an operatic role in a fully staged opera production

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

February, March, April 2021 (2nd title)

Open for:

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 5 students

Description of the EOA module:

  • Training and professional preparation of an opera part, concluded with the performance of a fully staged opera production
  • Title to be performed: Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
  • This includes:
    • Singing lessons
    • Vocal coaching
    • Acting
    • Language coaching
    • Musical rehearsals with the conductor, pianists and orchestra
    • Scenic rehearsals with the stage director, conductor and pianists.

In order to study the specific roles of the production.

Kind of voice and role:

  • Mezzo (offered role: Alisa)
  • Bass (offered role: Raimondo)

* Roles will be announced together with the title

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

Valencia is a major cultural centre and encourages immersion into the professional opera and music scene:  Palau de Les Arts Opera House, concerts and presentations by major international musicians,… In addition, there are many events and festivals throughout the year (i.e. Las Fallas). With a rich history in modern architectural masterpieces (City of Arts and Sciences), Valencia’s deep, multicultural roots, cosmopolitan flavour, and warm climate to make it a true Mediterranean gem.

Also, Valencia is one of Spain’s (and Europe’s) most affordable cities for student accommodation.

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

  • Singing: Gloria Fabuel, Carlos López Galarza, Pilar Moral, Amparo Quevedo, Ofelia Sala, Charo Vallés
  • Opera coaches: Laïla Barnat, Carles Budó, Miquel Carbonell, Pablo García-Berlanga, Diego Sánchez
  • Conductor: Francesc Gamón
  • Stage director: Jaume Martorell

Possible extras beside the module:

  • Masterclasses
  • Concerts at different venues in Valencia
  • Opera sofa: Performance of opera highlights
  • Attending opera performances at Palau de Les Arts
  • Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same production.

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

A_Teaching: The first 6 weeks

  • Working with the singing teacher (individual classes)
  • Working with the opera coach (individual classes)
  • Working with the conductor and vocal coach (as a group)
  • Working with the stage director (as a group)

B_Production: The following 6 weeks

  • Ensemble rehearsals with the conductor
  • Stage-orchestra rehearsals
  • Performances at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

25 ECTs

Entrance examination:

  • Via application form in EOA website.
  • Deadline 1: April 15th 2020
  • Deadline 2: September 15th 2020

The materials to submit with your application are:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Two Videos (it can be a link to Youtube or any other platform)

Description of the final Examination:

Public performance of a fully staged chamber opera at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

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

  • Free for students in Erasmus Programme
  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange
  • Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Contact person:

Charo Vallés, Coordinator Master Operatic Performance master.opera@csmvalencia.es

VAL 1. Performance of an operatic role in a fully staged chamber opera production

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

October, November, December 2020 (1st title)

Open for:

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 5 students

Description of the EOA module:

  • Training and professional preparation of an opera part, concluded with the performance of a fully staged chamber opera production.
  • Title to be performed: Les contes d’Hoffmann, by Jacques Offenbach
  • This includes:
    • Singing lessons
    • Vocal coaching
    • Acting
    • Language coaching
    • Musical rehearsals with the conductor, pianists and orchestra
    • Scenic rehearsals with the stage director, conductor and pianists.

In order to study the specific roles of the production.

Kind of voice and role:

  • Mezzo (offered role: Nicklausse)
  • Baritone (offered roles: Dapertutto, Coppelius, Miracle, Lindorf).

* Roles will be announced together with the title

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe:

Valencia is a major cultural centre and encourages immersion into the professional opera and music scene:  Palau de Les Arts Opera House, concerts and presentations by major international musicians,… In addition, there are many events and festivals throughout the year (i.e. Las Fallas). With a rich history in modern architectural masterpieces (City of Arts and Sciences), Valencia’s deep, multicultural roots, cosmopolitan flavour, and warm climate to make it a true Mediterranean gem.

Also, Valencia is one of Spain’s (and Europe’s) most affordable cities for student accommodation.

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

  • Singing: Gloria Fabuel, Carlos López Galarza, Pilar Moral, Amparo Quevedo, Ofelia Sala, Charo Vallés
  • Opera coaches: Laïla Barnat, Carles Budó, Miquel Carbonell, Pablo García-Berlanga, Diego Sánchez
  • Conductor: Francesc Gamón
  • Stage director: Jaume Martorell

Possible extras beside the module:

  • Masterclasses
  • Concerts at different venues in Valencia
  • Opera sofa: Performance of opera highlights
  • Attending opera performances at Palau de Les Arts
  • Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same production.

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

A_Teaching: The first 6 weeks

  • Working with the singing teacher (individual classes)
  • Working with the opera coach (individual classes)
  • Working with the conductor and vocal coach (as a group)
  • Working with the stage director (as a group)

B_Production: The following 6 weeks

  • Ensemble rehearsals with the conductor
  • Stage-orchestra rehearsals
  • Performances at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

25 ECTs

Entrance examination:

  • Via application form in EOA website.
  • Deadline 1: April 15th 2020
  • Deadline 2: September 15th 2020

The materials to submit with your application are:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Two Videos (it can be a link to Youtube or any other platform)

Description of the final Examination:

Public performance of a fully staged chamber opera at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

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

  • Free for students in Erasmus Programme
  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange
  • Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Contact person:

Charo Vallés, Coordinator Master Operatic Performance master.opera@csmvalencia.es

VIL 1. Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • 3 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November), or
  • 3 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April)

Open for

  • 1-5 EOA students

Practical training course of Suzuki Method is recommended for any stage performer. It aims at improving acting, dancing and other performing skills. Suzuki Method of Actor Training was originally created by Tadashi Suzuki and is designed to regain the perceptive abilities and powers of the human body.

Studies include unique theoretical knowledge as well as exploring individual creativity through the rigorous approach to physical training that allows the student to challenge his/her center of gravity by presenting physical obstacles within a given structure. It concentrates on the lover body, legs and feet, giving the student more awareness of the entire body, breath and voice.

Topics of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training intensive course

  • body centre (gravity) and body tension analysis
  • body control, focus and concentration, breathing
  • energy control
  • body power and speed, willpower
  • physical and emotional expression
  • movement in the space, body composition
  • acting for audience: attention maintenance

Skills

  • will be able to control the body in the most efficient way
  • will be able to control the amount of energy and to direct it to a certain point
  • will be able to concentrate and focus on the main goals
  • will be able to understand the form and composition
  • will discover new approaches to body and gesture, image and emotion

Practical training / singers and other stage performers /English language Name of profesor:

  • Assoc. Prof. Vesta Grabštaitė, head of Department of Acting and Movement of the Academy and actor at Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre (OKT).

Possible extras

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

32 hours

3 ECTS

Final examination

  • Pass/fail (required minimum: 70 % attendance of practical training classes) Entrance examination:
  • none

Total expenses of the EOA module per student (when contract)

  • 267 eur for 3 weeks intensive course

STO 1. Italian Opera scenes , language, expression, communication

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • Autumn semester 2020: 31st August to 19th December

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. We will explore methods for preparation, musically and language-wise, as well as methods for achieving spontaneity and meaning through improvisation.
  • Performing arias and select ensembles with orchestra in the concert hall of the old Academy of Music in Stockholm
  • Performing opera scenes with piano in our studio theatre

The repertoire is selected depending on the students in the course. The repertoire will be discussed and decided in May 2020.

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

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession.
  • Seminars on performance psychology for singers

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

  • ca. 100 hours

Number of ECTs

  • 24

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  assessed   continually   through   the   project   and   examined   through a presentation of Italian opera scenes.

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

Communication language: EN, level 5

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price: Against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES

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.)

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 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.

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

POR 1. Preparing Operatic Roles

METHODOLOGY: IMPROVISATION, MOVEMENT, VOCALITY AND E-MOTION AROUSAL AS A BODY AND VOCAL APPROACH TO OPERA SINGING AND OPERA MAKING

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

5 October 2020 to 31 January 2021

Open for

1-3 vocal students

A.  Vocal Performance with Technical Supervision

The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate vocal improvement through the use of improvisation, movement, emotional arousal accurate vocal technique in accordance with the preparation and performance of specialized operatic repertoire (from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire. Special attention will be given to technical problems, vocal characterization, style and interpretation as well as performance practices. The focus of this module will also be on vocal improvement and on vocal technique within the preparation and performance of operatic roles. The emphasis is on artistry and the process of the vocal training through the preparation of operatic roles). Other genres of vocal repertoire such as Lied, Song and Chanson may also be part of a specialized vocal study. This module has as the goal to enable the student autonomy, both in achieving methodological processes as well as the consolidation of a vocal as well as an artistic identity.

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

  • António Salgado
  • Rui Taveira

B.  Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles

The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate the student’s artistic autonomy both in methodological processes as well as the consolidation of an artistic identity. Through an organization of their knowledge and skills (creative, sensory and cognitive) the student will be able to develop interpretative operatic roles taking in account previous dramaturgic assumptions for the purpose of live performance.

  • Master a variety of techniques of movement and acting.
  • Develop somatic and emotional body-mind approaches to performance practice
  • Increase awareness of the poetic universe of the performer
  • Develop the singular nature of each opera singer during live performance and during collective interaction.

The main purpose of this module is to consolidate the performer skills, giving a particular focus to the work on stage in the interaction with the director and the maestro. Issues of scenic presence in relation with the scene/stage will also be explored. Scenic experimentation through body movement, improvisation, vocality and the arousing of emotion will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making. This module will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

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

Claire Bynion, António Salgado, Claudia Marisa, António Durães

20 ECTS

  • 10 -12 hours individual tuition
  • 45 hours group work

Description of final examination: Public performance on stage with piano.

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

PAR 2. Opera buffa in the 18th Century (singers)

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

The full, staged performance of this Opera (Title TBA) will take place in May 2021

The EOA students are welcome to join this production during the Spring Semester Erasmus Mobility (from February to June 2021 for Erasmus SMS – Minimum March to May for Erasmus STT)

Communication languages EN/IT

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one entire opera from eighteenth-century Opera Buffa’s repertoire (Title TBA)

EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and will receive specialized diction, vocal and acting coaching to prepare the specific roles of this production.

  • Analysis, study and full understanding of the libretto/ character/scenes
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in Opera Buffa repertoire.
  • Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
  • Specific lessons on Recitativo.
  • Individual coaching and group work: vocal and score lessons and group work on Scenic Art (Training of the actor’s body, physical and gestural laboratory).

Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS SMS students have to choose other courses (e.g. Poetry for music and dramaturgy, Opera History etc.) among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits. (Not required for Erasum STT)

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building Opera Buffa characters (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Special concentration on Recitativo.

EXTRA: exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same production. A unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the rich operatic music culture of the territory, attending places of unique musical interest, within the Conservatory (Musical Section of Libreria Palatina, Boito’s Studio and Toscanini’s Studio) or in the immediate nearby of it (the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, the Museo dell’Opera, the Casa della Musica etc).

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

  • Romano Franceschetto, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach) Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor’s work)
  • Riccardo Mascia (Recitativo coach, Score and Repertoire)
  • Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire) Final examination:
  • Public performance of an entire opera from the 18th century Opera Buffa repertoire (Title TBA).

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

PAR 1. Giuseppe Verdi: Vocal and Acting interpretation in Verdi’s Operas

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • Winter Semester: 1 October – 1st week of February
  • Spring Semester: last week of February – 3rd week of June 30 ECTS/semester for Erasmus SMS.

30 ECTs / semester for Erasmus SMS

Communication languages: EN/IT

max 2 vocal students

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one or more scenes from Verdi’s operas. They are planned as follows:

  • Analysis, study and full understanding of Verdi’s libretto(s) and character(s) chosen.
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in Verdi’s repertoire.
  • Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
  • Individual coaching and group work: vocal and score lessons, and group work on Scenic Art (Training of the actor’s body, physical and gestural laboratory).
  • Preparation for final exam and concert(s). Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS SMS students have to choose other courses (e.g. Poetry for music and dramaturgy, Opera History etc.) among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits and complete the Learning Agreement.

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building the chosen Verdi’s character (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Choice of repertoire according to student’s needs. Possible exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory
working on the same repertoire. A unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the rich operatic music culture of the territory, attending places of unique musical interest, within the Conservatory (Musical Section of Libreria Palatina, Boito’s Studio and Toscanini’s Studio) or in the immediate nearby of it (the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, specialized in 19th century opera and music in general, with particular emphasis on the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi, the Museo dell’Opera, the Casa della Musica etc.).

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

  • Donatella Saccardi, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach)
  • Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor’s work)
  • Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire).

Description of final examination:

Performance    of    an    operatic    full    Verdi    scene    in    front    of    a    jury.    The examination may coincide with a public concert.

Possible extras:

Upon request a little tour of the main “music treasures” of Verdi’s land: the birthplace of Verdi and Villa Sant’Agata, the Toscanini Museum, the world renowned Teatro Regio, the beautiful Teatro Farnese (17th century), the Casa del Suono, etc. Opportunity to join Italian Course lev. A2+B1 in the first semester or English Course level B1 or B2 in second semester. October is the month of the Parma Verdi Festival. Facilities are offered to enrolled students who want to experience a show at the Teatro Regio and/or other planned locations.

  • Individual tuition: 15 h (per semester) + Group work: 45 h (per semester), plus other group lessons, to complete the ECTS required level

ERASMUS students may choose a mobility within a semester

OSL 1. Opera Production (cancelled)

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

December 2020 – February 2021

Full scale opera production with orchestra. Vocal coachings, ensemble rehearsals, musical calls with conductor from December 1st 2020.

Stage director Prof. Jacopo Spirei, Conductor Prof. Gregor Bühl 6 weeks of stage rehearsals from January 4th 2021.

Performances February 18, 19 and 20 in 2021 at Scene 2 in The National Opera of Norway (DNO&B)

Name(s) of the professor(s)

  • Jacopo Spirei
  • Gregor Bühl
  • Olesya Tutova
  • Toril Carlsen
  • Solveig Kringelborn

Possible extras in addition to this module

  • Movement classes, acting classes, language classes
  • Audition training, vocal coaching
  • Estimated total of extras: up to 12 ECTS credits

Open for:

  • 1-3 singers

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

  • Preparation 180 hrs
  • Production 200 hrs

12 ECTs

Description of the final examination:

  • Performances at The Norwegian National Opera in Oslo

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

Entrance examination:

  • Digital material sent before May 1st, 2020
  • Entrance examination week 34
  • Repertory tba before February 1st, 2020

LOD 1. Performance of an operatic role in an opera production

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

January – April 2021 (min. 3 months)

Professional preparation of an opera part, concluded with its performance within the framework of the show.

Training and opera production – J. Ph. Rameau – “Platèe”, in concert version

Work on opera performance under the direction of professional conductors prepared to work with soloists, choir, dancers and orchestra

Possible extras:

  • different workshops in various ways of singing (classical and musical techniques)

A unique project realised with the accompaniment of a baroque orchestra

Solo singing:

  • prof. Urszula Kryger, (mezzosoprano)
  • prof. Beata Zawadzka-Kłos, (soprano)
  • prof. Włodzimierz Zalewski, (bass) prof. Piotr Miciński, (bass)
  • prof. Ziemowit Wojtczak, (baritone)
  • prof. Krzysztof Bednarek (tenor)
  • Anna Werecka, PhD (mezzosoprano; specialist in baroque singing)
  • Music director: Marcin Sompoliński
  • Stage director: Eva Buchmann
  • Choreography: Aleksandra Stanisławska

Scenography & costumes design: Zuzanna Markiewicz

Minimum and maximum number of students

  • Minimum 1
  • Maximum 5

Parts open to applicants:

  • Platea, rola in travesta – tenor / haute-contre Thespis – tenor / haute-contre
  • Momus – bas / baritone Amor – soprano
  • Satyr – bas / baritone Thalie – soprano Folie – soprano Mercure – tenor
  • Jupiter – bas / baritone Junon – soprano
  • Citheron – bass / baritone Clarine – soprano

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module

Working with the stage director – as a group – approx. 20 days of rehearsals (approx. 60 hours)

Ensemble rehearsals with the conductor – 10 hours Stage-orchestra rehearsals – 10 hours

The performance at the concert hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, at 2a Żubardzka St. – 3 hours

30 ECTS credits

Entrance examination:

Submit recordings. The application must include a link to a video recording (candidate singing with piano accompaniment).

Deadline: November 2020.

Description of the final examination

Location of the show: the concert hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, at 2a Żubardzka St. or/and The Great Theatre – Opera House in Łódź

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

Module is available within an Erasmus exchange (SMS or SMP)

Module could be also available as postgraduate studies. The fee is then approx. 2000 EUR (not included travel and living costs).