PAR 4. Piano Accompaniment and Opera Coaching (Pianists, Traineeship for pianists)

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

ERASMUS students (STT) may choose a mobility of minimum 3 maximum 6 months during the academic year 2022-2023

Description

This module offers an entirely specific traineeship for piano accompaniment of voice and opera scenes, designed for pianists who consider a future in the world of opera by adding to their curriculum a first work experience in this various and challenging environment. Trainees will accompany singers on the piano in different settings:

  • singing lessons,
  • scenic interpretation lessons,
  • staging
  • preparation for exams and concerts and during public performances. This always under supervision of a tutor.

The goal is to improve the knowledge of opera repertoire and to practice the specific skills requested.

The trainee will receive weekly tasks from the coordinator of piano accompaniment.

A module for professional pianists who wish to broaden their knowledge of the operatic repertoire in compliance with all the specific attitudes. With a full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. To exercise, develop and improve their skills as a pianist in accompanying different voice parts.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

A full immersion into Italian opera together with the opportunity to develop the best practice in Italian language applied to opera. To exercise, develop and improve their skills as a pianist in accompanying different voice parts.

Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory.

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, specialised 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, Teatro Regio, etc.).

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

  • Nicola Mottaran (Coordinator of Piano accompaniment)
  • Fabio Ferrucci (Tutor)
  • Teaching staff from the Singing and Music Theatre Department of the Conservatory

Possible extras in addition to this module:

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 level 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.

 

Open for: 1-5 (no max limit)

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

Semester 200 hours (about 10 hours per week)

Number of ECTS within master accreditation: depending to the effective number of hours done

Entrance examination:

Online examination through the Application, that needs to include:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos
  • Motivational letter (optional)
  • Deadline:
    • 15th April 2022
    • 15th September 2022

Description of final examination:

30 minutes performance in piano accompaniment of voice (and/or opera scenes)

Teaching language/Required level of language

Italian (min A2 to be improved) and English (B2)

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

Erasmus students (STT) only. No extra fees.

GEN 3. Audition training

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

September 2022– January 2023

Open for:

1-3 vocal students

Content:

  • Strategy of auditioning
  • Career strategy
  • Construction of a target repertoire according to the purpose of the auditions
  • Vocal technique and style coaching
  • Phonetics and operatic diction
  • Preparation of the auditions
  • Knowledge of the international operatic world
  • Simulation of the auditions
  • Masterclass
  • Training for participation in Vocal Competitions
  • Auditions for Swiss and International professional partners
  • Individual follow-up and personalised advice

Full methodology program concerning the preparation of all kind of auditions for Opera Houses, Agencies, Opera Studios, etc. Individual teaching with full recognition of the artistic potential and possibilities of each student in agreement with the international professional context.

Meetings with the recognised personalities of the operatic world and auditions for Swiss and international professional partners.

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

  • Marcin Habela (career strategy)
  • Nina Uhari, Réginald Le Reun (preparation of the auditions and style coaching)
  • Florence Million-Krattenmacher, Melody Louledjian (methodology of the auditioning)
  • Sacha Michon (phonetics and operatic diction)

Vocal technique and style coaching: students choose one of the Vocal Department professors: Alexander Mayr, Maria Diaconu, Jeanne Roth, Stuart Patterson, Marcin Habela, Clémence Tilquin, …

Possible extras:

  • Preparation of an entire role from opera repertoire: Nina Uhari.
  • Grotowski’s Actor Training, Marc Mayoraz.
  • Masterclass and seminars
  • Chamber music

24  ECTS

100 hours

Entrance examination: Required repertoire

  • 4 different pieces from the international operatic repertoire

Description of the final examination:

  • Progress examination
  • Final simulation of the auditions

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

  • Full time module: free for students in Erasmus Programme (Swiss Mobility Programme)

Communication language: English and French

FLO 2. The Maestro Collaboratore (Vocal coach)

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

  • January 23, 2023 – April 30, 2023

Meet the Italian Belcanto tradition in the town that hosted the first operatic creation. An all-Italian experience on the operatic repertoire from Baroque to Verdi and Puccini. Piano accompanying lesson on style and technique, repertoire study with vocal coaches, Italian language and diction class, Opera class with acting and staging seminars, final concert with semi-staged performance of full operatic scenes.

Study repertoire:

  1. Two Opera vocal scores in Italian, from Mozart to Puccini
  2. A group arias in Italian, including recitativos and/or cabalettas, if present
  3. A group of Italian Art songs

Participants:

Pianist / vocal coach

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

We give the participants the possibility to develop their skills as a vocal coach (maestro collaboratore). Our teachers and coaches have a long experience in the tuition of international students, as in our Vocal studies Faculty more than 50% of students are from all the continents. Being in Firenze (Dante’s home town) allows you to absorb the good “reference” Italian diction directly from the people you will meet in the street, as the Florentine language is the basis of the modern Italian language.

Name(s) of the professor(s):

  • Piano and Vocal Coaching Teachers: Andrea Severi, Antonella Bellettini, Ulla Casalini, Anna Toccafondi, Elisabetta Sepe, Daniela Freschi, Marco Bargagna, Elisabetta Sepe
  • History of Opera: Guglielmo Pianigiani
  • Art song practise/ Italian diction for coaches: Leonardo De Lisi

Possible extras:

  • Masterclass with renown singers and opera
  • Free entrance to rehearsals at Teatro del Maggio Musicale
  • A short programme (incl. city tour) concentrating on special ‘musical’ aspects of the city: Palazzo Pitti (where the first opera ever was staged in 1600, Peri’s “L’Euridice”), Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori (historic pianos), Museo degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia,

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students: 1/6

Number of teaching / production hours: Up to 20 hours/week

 

 

Number of ECTS within master:

3 months Module will award 24 ECTS

  • “Piano accompaniment lessons” 1-to-1 6 ECTS
  • “Repertoire practice lessons” 1-to1 3 ECTS
  • “Conducting techniques for opera coaches” 3 ECTS
  • “Italian Diction for singers/coaches” 3 ECTS
  • “History of Opera” 3 ECTS
  • “Art song practise” 6 ECTS

Students from the Academies partners of the EOA consortium will be able to participate with an Erasmus grant for studies or traineeship without any tuition fee.

Participants from any other academy will have to pay a 602,85 enrolment and tuition fee (contract students) before the beginning of the module.

Entrance examination:

Before April 15, 2022, by email erasmus@consfi.it only:

  1. Please, send a link to a recent performance of yours (from not more than 1 year ago) including at least:
  • ONE piano solo piece of free choice or TWO Lieder (or Art Songs) accompanying a singer
  • ONE operatic aria or scene, accompanying a singer
  1. A brief curriculum and a complete list of studied operatic vocal score in Italian (only word or pdf file, please, or link to personal artistic website)

By May 15, 2021, candidates will receive a response about selection. If successfully selected, students will be required to confirm their choice before June 30.

Description of the final Examination:

  • Module: Semi-staged operatic scenes and recital with arias/songs in public concerts at the end of the module
  • Erasmus mobility : each class will award a note of evaluation by the teacher and ECTs

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

  • Italian (main)
  • English (secondary)
  • We require that EOA students have a minimum B1 Italian language level.

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

Erasmus mobility: no tuition fee

ONLY Erasmus mobilities for studies or traineeship from EOA partners will be accepted

Contact person:

Prof. Leonardo De Lisi

e-mail: erasmus@consfi.it

VAL 3. Repetiteur training (pianists)

(Title to be announced)

 

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

  • From 9th January 2023 to 7th May 2023 (Easter holidays from 6th to 17th April 2023)

Description of the EOA module:

  • Specific training as repetiteur working in the preparation of a fully staged opera production (title to be announced).
  • This includes:
  • Vocal coaching
  • Attending individual voice lessons of the cast
  • Language coaching
  • Musical rehearsals with the conductor and singers
  • Scenic rehearsals with the stage director, conductor and singers
  • Chorus rehearsals with the chorus conductor

 

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses:

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.

Names of the professors of this module:

  • Singing: Gloria Fabuel, Carlos López Galarza, Pilar Moral, Amparo Quevedo, Ofelia Sala, Charo Vallés
  • Opera coaches: Laïla Barnat, Carles Budó, Pablo García-Berlanga, Adrià Gràcia, Diego Sánchez, Miquel Carbonell, Franscesc Gamón
  • Conductor: Jesús Cantos, Juan Pablo Hellín
  • Stage director: Jaume Martorell, Araceli Bergillos

 

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.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 3 students

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Teaching: The first 9 weeks

  • Working with the singing teachers
  • Working with the opera coaches
  • Working with the conductor and vocal coaches
  • Working with the stage director and vocal coaches

Production: The following 4 weeks

  • Ensemble rehearsals with the singers and conductor
  • Ensemble rehearsals with the singers and stage director

 

Number of ECTS within master accreditation:

25 ECTS

Entrance examination:

Contact the coordinator:

Charo Vallés

master.opera@csmvalencia.es

The materials to submit with your application are:

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

 

Deadline:

  • First: May 31st 2022
  • Second: September 15th 2022

The results for the applications of all the Full-staged opera production modules will be communicated to the candidates only by the end of September 2022.

Description of the final Examination:

Public performance; permanent artistic evaluation

 

Teaching language:

Spanish, English, Italian, French and German

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 traveling costs.

STO 2. Site – Event – Encounter

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

Autumn semester 2022:

  • August 29th – October 30th 2022 (possible extension to 15/1 2023

Open for:

  • 1 to 3 vocal students

Content:

In this module, the singer students explore how working in other venues and spaces than the opera theatre can influence the music-dramatic expression.

The students work on selected Opera scenes with a stage director and an opera coach/pianist, and bring their work into the chosen venue to stage a performance for a small audience. The students, together with the teachers, take an active part in deciding how to use the chosen space and how to place the audience in the chosen space.

Recently the venue has been the “Reactor Hall” of the Stockholm institute of Technology, an underground former nuclear reactor plant, now an exciting cultural venue for the Institute of Technology.

The module, besides the stage work in preparation for the performance, includes singing lessons, musical interpretation sessions.

It also includes coaching in Italian lyric diction where appropriate to the chosen repertoire. The repertoire is for the performance is chosen in June and will be based on the vocal and dramatic needs of the students.

The module can be extended to include the entire term into December with work on a staged concert with conductor and piano or orchestra.

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

  • Stina Ancker, Assistant professor of music dramatic performance
  • Christine Morgan, Assistant professor of musical performance

Number of ECTS:

  • 13,5-30  ECTS (ca. 120 hours)

Possible extras:

  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an art form and of the opera singer’s profession
  • seminars on artistic research

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 final examination:

Students are examined:

  • through the staged performance in the chosen space
  • through the staged concert and a subsequent reflective discussion in the group and individually

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.

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

Content:

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.

PAR 3. Piano Accompaniment and Opera Coaching (pianists, training)

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

ERASMUS students (SMS) may choose a mobility within one semester (or both)

  • Winter semester: 1st October 2022 – 2nd week of February 2023
  • Spring semester: 3rd week of February 2023 – 30th June 2023

Description of the EOA Module

This module guides the student to master the complex and difficult art of the piano accompaniment in opera.

  • Performance practice and repertoire (individual lessons, on specific operas according to student’s needs and choices, main opera repertoire, analysis, study and practice on chosen opera scores, different (vocal) accompaniment techniques according to different music styles)
  • Répétiteur and coach techniques (theoretical and practical lessons on the basso continuo, as a stage-rehearsal accompanist, how to play under direction)
  • Specialised practice (vocal repertoire: chamber music and opera scores)
  • Score playing (reading piano- and orchestra opera scores)
  • Little practical internship in Singing lessons and Scenic Art lessons (different needs, different skills)
  • Possible participation in Masterclass(es), essays and concerts as a piano accompanist.

Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS students might have to choose other courses among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits.

 

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

This module represents a perfect opportunity to get to know and experience the tools to become an Opera accompanist, in a welcoming atmosphere of exchange and collaboration with the other students of the Conservatory, from all over the world.

A unique chance 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 Instituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, specialised 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, Teatrio Regio, etc.).

Possible extras in addition to this module:

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 level A2+B1 in the first semester or English Course level B1 or B2 in second semester.

Open for:

A maximum of 2 pianists (EOA students)

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

  • Nicola Mottaran (Coordinator of Piano accompaniment)
  • Fabio Ferrucci (Tutor)
  • Teaching staff from the Singing and Music Theatre Department of the Conservatory

Description of final examination:

30 minutes performance in piano accompaniment of voice and/or opera scenes

Number of ECTS withiin master accreditation

Min 24 ECTS/semester (but possibly increasing according to the Learning Agreement)

 

Entrance examination

Online examination through the Application, that needs to include:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos
  • Motivational letter (optional)
  • Deadline: 
    • 15th April 2022
    • 15th September 2022

 

Teaching language/Required level of language

Italian (min A2 to be improved) and English (B2)

 

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

Erasmus students (SMS) only. No extra fees.

OSL 2. Audition training

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

March 15th – June 15th, 2023

Content:

During this module we will focus on audition training and the challenges that comes with this. We will arrange several audition training activities with feedback from a jury.

We will also focus on mental training – how to deal with stress and nervousness, and we will talk about the opera business in general:

  • how to write a professional CV
  • what repertoire to sing
  • how to get an agency
  • career strategy
  • masterclass

We also provide acting classes in how to move and act on stage

Label:

  • Audition training

Name(s) of the professor(s):

  • Mental training : Nils-Harald Sødal and Kari Anne Bjerkestrand
  • Acting: Jacopo Spirei, Stephen Hutton, Birgit Nordby and Nina-Lill Svendsen
  • Vocal coaching: Solveig Kringlebotn, Toril Carlsen Magnus Staveland and Ole Jørgen Kristiansen
  • Musical coaching: Olesya Tutova, Luca De Marchi and Markus Kvits
  • Italian language: Margherita Podesta Heir

Open for:

1-2 singers

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

  • 120

Number of ECTS:

  • In total 24 ECTS credits

Description of the final examination:

  • Audition

Entrance examination:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Two videos (it can be a link of YouTube or any other platform)
  • Deadline: December 1st, 2022

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).