POR 3. Preparing an Operatic Production, for Stage Designers

This Module is divided in two parts:

A – Background knowledge and experience and

B – The preparation of an Opera

Period of the first part of the EOA module:

A – Stage Design with Technical Supervision (Costume, Set and Light Design)

  • 8th October 2021 – 28th January 2022

Open for:

1-3 students


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 specialized techniques and knowledge, according to the philosophy of building up costumes, sets and light designs within the preparation and performance of specialized 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.

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

  • Costume Design – Manuela Bronze
  • Set Design: Helder Maia
  • Light Design: Rui Damas

Number of ECTS:

20 ECTS – 10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work

Period of the second part of the EOA module:

B – Preparation of an Opera Performance in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra in Porto*

  • 11th of March 2022 – 11th of July 2022


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.

*The Opera Production for 21-22 is not yet decided but soon it will be announced in EOA Site.

The Opera for this year is still in negotiation with the National Theatre of Porto: TNSJ. Soon it will be fully announced.

Number of ECTS:

Until 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:

  1. Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Francisco Melo – Professor of History and Esthetics, at ESMAE.
  2. 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.