NOV 1. Rossini Lab: How to perform Rossini

Under the patronage of:

In collaboration with:

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

September – December 2021 (Total length: 12 weeks)

Open for:

8 singers (min. 6, max. 10 singers)

The module is open to all vocal types

Description of the Module:

The Rossini Lab is an EOA module founded by Maestro Giovanni Botta and is addressed to singers who wish to study and deepen their Rossinian repertoire. The main purpose of the module a.k.a R-Lab is to provide the students with a methodological approach to correctly perform and interpret Rossini arias. The module can be held and scheduled according to the specific requests of the students. It includes individual and group lessons and focuses on Rossini’s repertoire. This year particular attention will be given to the opera “Cambiale di Matrimonio”. At the end of the workshop, students will sing in a final performance on stage. According to circumstances such performance will either be a recital of selected Rossini arias or a complete version of the “Cambiale di matrimonio”. Students will therefore have the possibility to sing a professionally staged opera with orchestra in a well-known theater (Teatro Coccia di Novara, official partner of R-Lab).

Together with voice and acting classes, this module includes a theoretical, musicological and practical introduction to aesthetics and philosophy in Rossinian voices, which aims to find a consistent awareness framework of the vocal gesture and achieve an articulated and steady synergy to correctly perform Rossini’s musical and vocal grammar. Experienced teachers and Rossini performers such as M. Giovanni Botta and M. Mirca Rosciani will accompany the students during the module. The R-Lab aims to address countless problems singers can have when facing Rossini’s works and represents an answer to an urgent question: “how to sing Rossini today?”. The module aims to develop constellations of senses and references to epistemologically and aesthetically analyze Rossini’s music. The R-Lab project has drawn on precious teachings gained by rediscovering Rossini by means of the Rossini Opera Festival. Among other primary inspirations: the contributions and scientific research brought about by Fondazione Rossini and Maestro Alberto Zedda’s legacy.

The course will be divided into different modules and will involve the participation of several teachers:

Main teacher and artistic director:

  • M. Giovanni Botta (CV)

Co-teachers:

  • Mirca Rosciani (pianist and orchestra conductor with over twenty years of experience at the Rossini Opera Festival)
  • Ilaria Narici (scientific director of the Fondazione Rossini of Pesaro and main director of the Rossini Critical Edition project). She will hold seminars on Musicology and Aesthetics in Rossini’s Music.
  • Maestro Ernesto Palacio (acclaimed Rossini-tenor and teacher as well as superintendent and artistic director of the Rossini Opera Festival). He will give voice perfecting lessons.
  • Danilo Boaretto (chief editor of the online critical magazine operaclick.com). He will give classes on self-management for singers.

The Rossini Lab will moreover provide a rehearsal piano accompanist (Yurei Wang, the official piano accompanist of the R-Lab) and an internal professional interpreter (Irene Maccolini) who, if necessary, will translate the lessons’ contents into English, and will teach Italian diction to our students

Extras:

The workshop includes a self-managing study session which focuses on self-management for young opera singers.

Key contents of the R-Lab:

  • Philosophy and aesthetics of Rossinian vocal music
  • Specific topics and problems in Rossini’s vocal works
  • A technical, methodological and interpretative vocal approach to Rossini’s style
  • Monographic study – “Cambiale di Matrimonio”
  • Self-Managing for young opera singers

Activities:

  • Voice classes (individual lessons with voice teacher)
  • Practice with vocal coaches (Individual lessons with vocal coach and voice teacher)
  • Operatic practice
  • Stage performance
  • Italian diction (Italian language coaching)
  • Acting

Label:

Operatic practice / Coaching / Training

Communication languages:

EN/IT, an interpreter IT/EN/DE will attend the classes and will be available for non-Italian speakers.

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Number of ECTS within master accreditation:

Maximum 30 ECTS

Final Examination:

  • Performance on stage (Teatro Coccia-Novara): Full opera performance and Interpretation of the “Cambiale di Matrinomonio” or a final concert with selected arias from the Rossini repertoire.

Entrance examination:

You need to apply via the EOA website.

You need to include:

  • Your CV
  • Your repertoire
  • Two videos with two Rossini’s aria (for those interested in participating in the “Cambiale di Matrimonio” performance one of the two videos must be taken from this opera).

Deadline for application:

31st May, 2021

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

Everything is included according to Erasmus diaria

VAL 2. Performance of an operatic role in a fully staged opera production: Le nozze di figaro by W. A. Mozart

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • From 1st February 2022 to 17th April 2022

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 announced).
  • 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:

  • Figaro, baritone
  • Conte, baritone
  • Bartolo, baritone or bass
  • Basilio, tenor
  • Cherubino, mezzosoprano
  • Marcelina, soprano or mezzosoprano

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 flavor, 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
  • 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.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 6 students (one per each role)

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Teaching: The first 8 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)

Production: The following 4 weeks

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

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:

  • May 31st 2021
  • September 15th 2021

Description of the final Examination:

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

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

Contact person:

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

VAL 1. Performance of an operatic role in TWO fully staged chamber opera production (with piano accompaniment)

  • The telephone by G.C Menotti
  • Il segreto di Susanna by E. Wolf-Ferrari

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

From 27 September 2021 to 17 December 2021

Description of the EOA module:

  • Training and professional preparation of an opera part, concluded with the performance of two fully staged chamber opera productions with piano accompaniment.
  • 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 per title:

  • The telephone by G.C. Menotti:
    • Ben, baritone
  • Il segreto di Susanna by E. Wolf-Ferrari:
    • Il conte Gil, baritone

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 flavor, 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
  • 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.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 2 students

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Teaching: The first 8 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)

Production: The following 4 weeks

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

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:

  • May 31st 2021
  • September 15th 2021

Description of the final Examination:

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

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

Contact person:

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

STO 4. Full Opera production

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

Spring semester 2022:

  • 21st of February -12th of June 2022

Open for:

1 or 2 vocal students

Content:

This course offers an opportunity to perform an opera role in a full- scale production with a professional symphony orchestra at a Swedish theatre. The module consists of a period of musical preparation with vocal coaching and musical interpretation sessions, followed by role analysis and stage rehearsals, led by a professional director and conductor. The performance is produced with orchestra, sets, lighting, costume and make up.

The repertoire will be decided in Autumn 2021.

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

  • Stina Ancker,  Assistant professor of music dramatic performance
  • Majsan Dahling, Lecturer of musical interpretation
  • 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

Number of ECTS:

24 ECTS

Ca. 170 hours

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 staged performance and through a group  seminar on the learning outcomes of the course.

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:

It is against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES.

STO 3. Opera Performance with orchestra and conductor

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • January 10th -April 13th 2022
  • Open for:
  • 1 to 3 vocal students

Content:

In this module, the student singers work in a production in cooperation with student conductors and musicians from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a professional stage director.

The project will consist of opera scenes from 2-3 different operas, conceptually merged into one opera performance. The module starts with preparatory work,   musical rehearsals with our teachers in musical interpretation and the conductor students, as well as singing lessons.

The course also contains language coaching, both individually and in group.

A production period of 6-7 weeks follows, consisting of stage work and orchestral rehearsals leading up to a fully staged performance with lighting, costumes and makeup.

Repertoire will be selected in early autumn of 2020.

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

Wilhelm Carlsson, Professor of music dramatic performance

Christine Morgan, Assistant professor of musical interpretation

Number or ECTS:

18 ECTS

Ca. 108 hours

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Movement classes
  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession

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 staged performance and through a group seminar on the learning outcomes of the course.

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:

It is against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES.

STO 2. Site – Event – Encounter

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

Autumn semester 2021:

  • August 30th – December 19th 2021 (possible extension to 16/1 2022)
  • 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, together with a stage director, take an active part in deciding how to use the available spaces and how to place the audience in the chosen space. 

The students work on selected scenes with a stage director, and bring their work into the chosen venue, and stage a performance for a small audience. Recently the venue has been the “Reactor Hall” of the Stockholm institute of Technology, an exciting underground former nuclear reactor plant, now a cultural venue for the Institute of Technology.

The module also includes a staged concert with conductor and piano or orchestra.

The module contains singing lessons as well as musical interpretation sessions.

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:

24-30  ECTS

ca. 120 hours

Possible extras:

  • seminars on aspects of opera as an artform 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: EN, level 5

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, except for students outside of EES.

RIG 2. Baroque Opera Studio in Riga

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • August – December 2021
  • February – June 2022

Baroque opera studio – joint module in collaboration with Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Baroque opera production in collaboration with the orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga.

Repertoire – Jean Batiste Lully “Armide”, Claudio Monteverdi “Il ritorno d`Ulisse In Patria”

Collaboration with professional baroque orchestra:

  • Maris Kupčs, Head of Early music department, Collegium Musicum Riga
  • Teachers of LMTA.

Possible extras beside the module:

Lessons of Rhetoric, Ornamentation, Vocal training, Baroque music interpretation training, Basso continuo, Baroque dance and gestures

Minimum and maximum number of students :

2-3 EOA students

Number of ECTs within accreditation:

30 ECTs per semester

Deadline of application and requirements:

1st Deadline: April 15th, 2021

2nd Deadline: September 15th, 2021

Recordings (DVD, YouTube) Application form

Artistic CV

Description of the final examination:

Public performance of baroque opera either in Bauska Castle or in one of Riga concert halls /churches.

Total Expenses of the EOA module:

EUR 1360 p/semester (travel and subsistence not) Free for Erasmus + students and trainees.

POR 2. Performance of an Operatic Role in fully staged Opera Production with orchestra

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • 11th of March to 11th of July 2022

Open for:

1-4 vocal students (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

Content:

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 2021-2022, and how different areas are involved in an opera presentation (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)

Number of ECTS:

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.

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.

OSL 2. Audition training

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

March 14th – June 14th, 2022

Content:

Vocal coaching

Audition training at the main stage 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: Gregor Bühl, Olesya Tutova, Luca De Marchi and Markus Kvits

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:

1-2 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:

  • Digital material sent before December 1st, 2021

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).

OSL 1. Italian Opera

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

September 16th – December 16th 2021

Content:

  • Opera production Händel/ Rossini/ Mozart with small ensemble
  • Vocal coaching and ensemble rehearsals
  • Stage director Prof. Jacopo Spirei
  • Performances at the main stage of the Academy of Opera

Label:

  • Operatic practise

Name(s) of the professor(s):

  • Jacopo Spirei
  • Gregor Bühl
  • Toril Carlsen
  • Solveig Kringelborn
  • Luca De Marchi
  • Olesya Tutova
  • Margherita Podesta

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 hours
  • Production 200 hours

Number of ECTS:

  • 24 ECTS

Description of the final examination:

  • Performances at the Mainstage / Academy of Opera

Entrance examination:

  • Digital material sent before June 1st, 2021
  • Repertory tba before May 15th, 2021

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).