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

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.

LOD 1. Opera Nova – Breaking Boundaries

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • Autumn term: October  – December 2021
  • Spring term: February – June  2022

Phonetics of the Polish language, style and expression in the Polish language through practice based on opera fragments and artistic songs of Polish composers of the 20th and 21st century including Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Czyż, Grażyna Bacewicz.

EOA students will be offered a tailor-made programme:

  • Singing lessons – vocal coaching
  • Practice with a pianist
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Musical preparation of opera scenes and artistic songs in the original language, individually and in a group
  • Practical role analysis and stage work

The module will contain investigation of the influence of the language on the interpretation of the role, stage acting and overall performance. We offer the opportunity for in-depth studies of the Polish modern opera repertoire with Polish-speaking teachers in a native language environment.

Names of the professors of this module:

  • prof. Urszula Kryger (mezzosoprano)
  • prof. Beata Zawadzka-Kłos (soprano)
  • prof. Piotr Miciński (bass)
  • prof. Ziemowit Wojtczak (baritone)
  • prof. Przemysław Rezner (baritone)

Minimum and maximum number of students:

1 – 5 max

Deadline for application and requirements:

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

Note! Please, contact your Erasmus office as early as possible in order to be qualified in time for Erasmus scholarship.

Number of ECTS:

25 ECTS

Student: 

Singer

Language: 

English, Italian, German

Activity:

Training / Operatic practice / Performance