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

VIL 1. Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • 3 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November)

OR

  • 3 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April)

Open for:

1-5 EOA students

Description:

Practical training course of Suzuki Method is recommended for any stage performer. It aims at improving acting, dancing and other performing skills. Suzuki Method of Actor Training was originally created by Tadashi Suzuki and is designed to regain the perceptive abilities and powers of the human body.

Studies include unique theoretical knowledge as are aimed at exploring individual creativity through the rigorous approach to physical training that allows the student to challenge his/her center of gravity by presenting physical obstacles within a given structure. It concentrates on the lover body, legs and feet, and give to student better awareness of the entire body, breath and voice.

Topics of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training intensive course:

  • body centre (gravity) and body tension analysis                                                                                                                        
  • body control, focus and concentration, breathing                                        
  • energy control
  • body power and speed, willpower                                                         
  • physical and emotional expression
  • movement in the space, body composition                                           
  • acting for audience: attention maintenance

It is expected, that after the end of the intensive course students will be able:

  • to control the body in the most efficient way;
  • to control the amount of energy and to direct it to a certain point;
  • to concentrate and focus on the main goals;
  • to understand the form and composition;
  • to discover new approaches to body and gesture, image and emotion

Label:

Practical training/ singers and other stage performers / English language

Name of professor:

Assoc. Prof. Vesta Grabštaitė, head of Department of Acting and Movement of the Academy and actor at the Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre (OKT).

Possible extras:

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA https://lmta.lt/en/lmta-welcomes-foreign-students/exange-students/

Number of ECTS:

3 ECTS

80 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 48 hours of individual work)

Final examination:

Pass/fail (required minimum: 80 % attendance of practical training classes)

Entrance examination:

None

Creative project applications (free format) should be sent during the week 39 (last week of September).

Evaluation takes 2 weeks; selection results will be sent to all applicants. Invitation Letter will be sent by week 42.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student (when contract):

267 eur for 3 weeks intensive course

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

Selected applicants are welcome with support of Erasmus or Nordplus student mobility grants. Exchange students do not pay tuition fee.

Fee for non-exchange (free movers) students is 320 Eur.

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 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.

RIG 1. Russian Language in Opera fragments of Russian Composers

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

  • Autumn semester September 1st – December 23rd, 2021
  • Spring semester    February 1st- June 15th, 2022

Russian language phonetics and training in opera fragments of Russian composers /N. Rimski-Korsakov, P. Tchaikovski, S. Prokofiev etc./ together with local students. Daily lessons in Opera studio “Figaro”.

Possibility to participate in rehearsals/performances of “The Queen of Spades” at the National Opera.

Possibility to master Russian language: perception, listening, speaking, reading, communication skills.

In addition EOA students will be offered tailor-made programme:

  • Singing lessons – opera repertoire vocal coaching
  • Work with pianist
  • Acting skills
  • Stage movement and dance
  • Contemporary ear training techniques
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Chamber singing

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

Possibility to combine extended studies of Russian opera repertoire with Russian- speaking teachers and in the live language environment.

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

Possible extra’s beside the module

Supplementary tailor-made study programme, free entrance in all National Opera performances (except premieres and guest performances), very intensive concert activities, city culture.

Minimum and maximum number of students

  • 1 – 2 max

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module

  • According to study programme
  • Number of ECTS within bachelor/ master accreditation
  • 24 – 30 ECTS (depending on courses selected)

Deadline of application and requirements

1st deadline: April 15th, 2021

2nd deadline: September 15th, 2021

Recordings (DVD, YouTube)

Application form (via EOA website)

Artistic CV

Description of the final examination

Public performance of opera fragment/s.

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

EUR 1360 p/semester (travel and subsistence not included)

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.

PAR 2. Opera buffa in the 18th Century (singers)

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

The full, staged performance of this Opera (Title TBA) will take place in May 2022

The EOA students are welcome to join this production during the Spring Semester Erasmus Mobility (from February to June 2021 for Erasmus SMS – Minimum March to May for Erasmus STT)

Communication languages EN/IT

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one entire opera from eighteenth-century Opera Buffa’s repertoire (Title TBA)

EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and will receive specialized diction, vocal and acting coaching to prepare the specific roles of this production.

  • Analysis, study and full understanding of the libretto/ character/scenes
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in Opera Buffa repertoire.
  • Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
  • Specific lessons on Recitativo.
  • Individual coaching and group work: vocal and score lessons and group work on Scenic Art (Training of the actor’s body, physical and gestural laboratory).

Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS SMS students have to choose other courses (e.g. Poetry for music and dramaturgy, Opera History etc.) among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits. (Not required for Erasum STT)

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building Opera Buffa characters (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Special concentration on Recitativo.

EXTRA: exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same production. 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, the Museo dell’Opera, the Casa della Musica etc).

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

  • Romano Franceschetto, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach) Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor’s work)
  • Riccardo Mascia (Recitativo coach, Score and Repertoire)
  • Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire) Final examination:
  • Public performance of an entire opera from the 18th century Opera Buffa repertoire (Title TBA).

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

PAR 1. Giuseppe Verdi: Vocal and Acting interpretation in Verdi’s Operas

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

  • Winter Semester: 1st October – 1st week of February
  • Spring Semester: last week of February – 3rd week of June 30 ECTS/semester for Erasmus SMS.

30 ECTs / semester for Erasmus SMS

Communication languages: EN/IT

max 2 vocal students

This module guides the student through a path of vocal and scenic interpretation of one or more scenes from Verdi’s operas. They are planned as follows:

  • Analysis, study and full understanding of Verdi’s libretto(s) and character(s) chosen.
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in Verdi’s repertoire.
  • Advanced Italian pronunciation and diction classes.
  • Individual coaching and group work: vocal and score lessons, and group work on Scenic Art (Training of the actor’s body, physical and gestural laboratory).
  • Preparation for final exam and concert(s). Classes will be held in Italian and English.

ERASMUS SMS students have to choose other courses (e.g. Poetry for music and dramaturgy, Opera History etc.) among those annually proposed by the Conservatory, to reach the total number of required credits and complete the Learning Agreement.

Special attention will be given to the study of proper Italian diction and pronunciation with native Italian teachers, in building the chosen Verdi’s character (both scenic and vocal) with full linguistic and stylistic background. Choice of repertoire according to student’s needs. Possible exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory
working on the same repertoire. 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, specialized 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 etc.).

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

  • Donatella Saccardi, Adriana Cicogna and Lucetta Bizzi (Vocal coach)
  • Roberta Faroldi (diction and actor’s work)
  • Claudia Rondelli, Roberta Ropa, Laura Soracco, Luca Sabatino (Score and Repertoire).

Description of final examination:

Performance    of    an    operatic    full    Verdi    scene    in    front    of    a    jury.    The examination may coincide with a public concert.

Possible extras:

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 lev. 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.

  • Individual tuition: 15 h (per semester) + Group work: 45 h (per semester), plus other group lessons, to complete the ECTS required level

ERASMUS students may choose a mobility within a semester