Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023
1st of March to 15th July 2023
Description of the module
Preparation of an Opera Performance in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra in Porto – Costume, Set and Light Desing
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 specialised techniques and knowledge, according to the philosophy of building up costumes, sets and light designs within the preparation and performance of specialised 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.
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.
Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe
EOA students will participate in a 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, and how different areas are involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)
Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:
- Costume Design – Manuela Bronze
- Set Design: Helder Maia/Marta Silva
- Light Design: Rui Damas
Students may attend one theoretical seminar on the subject of Opera and Performance:
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 Theatrre and Coliseum of Porto.
Minimum and maximum number of EOA students
Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module
10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work
Number of ECTS:
Until 20 ECTS
- Video recording or link to video recording
- Interview (The student will be contacted by ESMAE professors after assessing his/her materials)
- 15th April 2022
- 15th September 2022
English – level 3
Total expenses of the EOA
- This module is only available within Erasmus exchange (Master´s level), during the academic year 2022/23.
- Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.