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 4. Opera coaching for Pianists

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

  • September 2022 – January 2023

OR

  • February 2023 – May 2023

Open for:

  • 1-2 piano students

Module for students currently studying for a bachelor, master’s or third cycle degree.

Content:

  • Opera coaching
  • Score reading
  • Singing lessons
  • Practice of opera coaching in several projects of the vocal department (participating and accompanying masterclasses, projects, lessons, stage- productions)
  • Construction of a target opera repertoire
  • Phonetics and operatic diction (French, English, German, Italian, Russian)
  • Knowledge of the international operatic world
  • Masterclass
  • Individual follow-up and personalised advice

Full methodology program concerning the preparation of opera professional coaching for pianists. Individual teaching with full recognition of the artistic potential and possibilities of each student in agreement with the international professional context.

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

  • James Alexander (opera coaching)
  • Nina Uhari, Réginald Le Reun (practice of opera coaching)
  • Sacha Michon, Barbara Zanicchelli, Florence Millon-Krattenmacher (Phonetics and operatic diction)
  • Sacha Michon (Singing lessons)
  • Vincent Theyenaz, Celine Latour (Scores reading)

Possible extras:

  • Preparation of an entire role from opera repertoire, Nina Uhari, Graham Lilly
  • Grotowski’s Actor Training, Marc Mayoraz
  • Masterclasses and seminars
  • Conducting sessions, Celso Antunes
  • Chamber music (with singers), Guy-Michel Caillat
  • Baroque opera coaching (maestro al cembalo), Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

24 ECTS

100 hours

Entrance examination: Requiered repertoire: Contact the Dean: marcin.habela@hemge.ch

Description of the final examination:

  • Progress examination

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

ANT 2. Repetiteur training

The Royal Conservatory Antwerp offers for 2022/2023:

Repetiteur training

Name and place of institution:

Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp – Belgium

Period of the EOA module in 2022 – 2023:

January—February—March 2023 (final performances might be April 1&2)

Only available for students from ERASMUS+ partner institutions (3 months)

Description of the module:

  1. Offenbach: La Périchole

This module offers 1 pianist specific training as repetiteur, aimed at pianists aspiring to work in the field of opera.This experience will take place in the stimulating environment of the deSingel Arts Campus.
Ideal for a pianist with limited prior experience in opera, this module includes:

  1. observing the production process from beginning to end, which includes attending all musical and scenic rehearsals, coachings and rehearsals, individual coachings of the cast, as well as related voice lessons.
  2. weekly lessons with the resident professor of collaborative piano on the relevant materials, focusing on developing the skills of a repetiteur: singing while playing, preparing the score musically/pianistically for rehearsal, developing a deeper understanding of vocal technique in order to effectively coach singers, coaching, working with conductor and director.
  3. French language coaching along with cast members.
  4. Along with current collaborative piano students at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp, the visiting pianist will play all scenic rehearsals, coachings and chorus rehearsals as merited.
  5. The pianist will receive weekly individual feedback, personalised advice and new assignments by the professor of collaborative piano.
  6. Optional courses from the list of Elective Courses at the Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp

The goal is to gain an in-depth familiarity with Offenbach’s operetta style while simultaneously learning and implementing, under expert supervision, the specialised skills and tools of a repetiteur. The module is an excellent introduction for a pianist to foster their interest in the operatic world and to develop that into a professional ability as repetiteur and coach. Participants will be fully welcomed into the regular student body of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp.

The cultural scene in Antwerp city encourages immersion into the professional international art scene on a daily basis. At deSingel Arts Campus, concerts and presentations by major international musicians, theatre and dance companies intermingle with lessons, bridging the gap between student and professional life. 

In addition, the RCA music department fosters a strong affiliation with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (OBV), providing opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances at their theatres in both Antwerp and Ghent.

Professors involved in this module:

Anne Cambier (French language coach)

Stijn Saveniers (conductor, music director and operetta specialist)

Guy Joosten (scenic interpretation lessons)
Koen Kessels (coach piano accompaniment)

Stephan Weytjens (history)

Jeanne-Minette Cilliers (studienleiter: voice; collaborative piano)

Voice teachers: Anne Cambier, Gary Jankowski, Susanne Schimmack



Number of EOA students:
1 pianist

Number of ECTS credits:
Total 24 ECTS
– Accompaniment & coaching (6 ECTS)
– Advanced keyboard musicianship (3 ECTS)
– Opera (6 ECTS)
– Language coaching (3 ECTS)
– Music Practise (6 ECTS)
Duration of the Module
3 months
Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module
About 20 hours per week.

Online Application process:

First Deadline: April 15, 2022

Second Deadline: September 15, 2022

Application materials:

Application form

Current CV 

Letter of Motivation
A video link (audio-visual recording) containing AT LEAST 2 pieces: 

1 opera OR operetta aria performed live with a singer

1 piece (lied or opera), with a singer, in a style of your choice. 

Both must be performed live without any audio / video post-production.

Our panel will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by 30 September 2022 (upon receipt of application documents).

Final examination:

Artistic evaluation over the 3 month period

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:
Free for students in the Erasmus Program, currently enrolled in a  Bachelor, Master or third cycle degree (not available for postgraduates).
Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.

Accepted students must complete the following materials prior to arrival in Antwerp:

  1. EOA form
  2. Regular Erasmus application

REY 1. CAMERATA – Building and perfecting vocal technique and performance through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

September, October, November 2022 (Term dates: August 29 – December 15)

Description of the EOA module:

CAMERATA Baroque ensemble – Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration.

This module will consist of:

  • Collaborative music making with experts in Baroque interpretation.
  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Lunchtime recital series managed by students
  • Demanding vocal and instrumental work or programme based on a specified theme with Reykjavík Opera Days. (16 ECTS)*

*For instrumentalist a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on your needs.

Possible extras:

  • International phonetics IPA (2ECTS)
  • Dramatic interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Vocal improvisation (2ECTS)
  • Music, culture and society, lectures (3ECTS)

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

The collaborative learning environment that is the core of the Voice Department gives you a unique opportunity to develop your individuality as a singing artist. You will build your vocal technique and interpretive skills while working with a team of expert voice teachers who work in tandem empowering you to clarify your goals and make your own choices. A number of performance opportunities gives you valuable possibilities and practical experience in managing and leading projects. Working on baroque interpretation in an ensemble setting, making music together with skilled professionals will give hands on experience. The relatively small size of the music department makes it a very flexible learning environment and a fertile ground for initiative and creative ideas.

 Name of the professors of this module:

  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Sigurður Halldórsson (music director)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)
  • Dísella Lárusdóttir (voice and performance)

 Possible extras beside the module:

Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students:

  • 1-3 singers
  • 1-4 baroque instrumentalist primarily, strings and continuo

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Up to 20 hours per week

Entrance examination:

To deliver the following documents, via the application at the EOA website:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • ONE Unedited video, performing THREE contrasting arias or songs in at least TWO different languages.
  • Motivation letter

Description of the final Examination:

  • Assessment based on students journaling and self-assessment
  • Across project (50%)
  • Performance in project (50%)

Teaching language:

English

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

  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at BA level in vocal performance and for some instrumentalists.
  • Participants pay for their own accommodation and travel.

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.

MAA 2. Opera production experience: collaborative piano

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

January/ February/ March 2023

To experience the different sides of your profession in the context of an opera production. The students will learn the key skills to perform their role in the context of the interdisciplinary art form par excellence. Specialisation is required from all those who take part in an opera production, regarding to technical and stylistic skills.

During this workshop the participants prepare a complete opera.

The title chosen by Conservatorium Maastricht for their 2023 opera production will be announced soon.

Open for:

  • 1 or 2 pianists

Application:

Via application form in EOA website. Keep in mind you will need to include:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos
  • Deadline:
    • 15th April 2022
    • 15th September 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.

The coaching includes:

  • working with a professional conductor/director
  • a professional stage director individual vocal coaching on style, interpretation and applied technique by our vocal staff.
  • language coaching (depending on the language of the programmed opera)

The module will conclude with 4 fully staged performances of the opera, accompanied by the ensemble of the Maastricht Conservatorium, in collaboration with Opera Zuid.

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

  • Conductor: To be announced
  • Stage Director: To be announced
  • Vocal coaches: Yvonne Schiffelers, Susanne Schimmack, Axel Everaert.
  • Language: TBC

Final Examination:

Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Public performance