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).

MAA 3. Opera production experience: director. Internship

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

January/February/March 2021

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. Specialization 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 2022 opera production will be Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

Open for:

  • 1 or 2 directors

Application:

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

  • CV (including a Portfolio of previous projects)
  • Videos

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, Frans Kokkelmans
  • Language: TBC

Final Examination:

Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Public performance

MAA 2. Opera production experience: collaborative piano

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

January/February/March 2022

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. Specialization 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 2022 opera production will be Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

Open for:

  • 1 or 2 pianists

Application:

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

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, Frans Kokkelmans
  • Language: TBC

Final Examination:

Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Public performance

MAA 1. Take the chance to shine on stage: Performing a role in a fully staged opera

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

January/February/March 2022

Perform a leading role in a staged opera with ensemble.

The title chosen by Conservatorium Maastricht for their 2022 opera production will be Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

Open for:

1 or 2 singers from the EOA can participate, next to our own singing and acting students.

The coaching includes:

  • working with a (professional) conductor
  • a professional stage director
  • individual vocal coaching on style, interpretation and applied technique by our vocal staff.
  • First 6 weeks include 15 hours of training by main subject teachers and opera coach.
  • Next 6 weeks working on the production

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, Frans Kokkelmans

In addition, an interactive workshop dealing with artistic entrepreneurship, self- promotion via social media and branding will be offered. This will give young artists the tools and skills to develop their artistic careers and to bring classical music to the core of society.

Application:

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos
  • Keep in mind that you can you can apply with your own repertoire.

Final Examination:

Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Public performance

LOD 2. Full opera production: J. Haydn – Il mondo della luna

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

October 2021– April 2022

Description of the module:

J. Haydn – Il mondo della luna

This course offers an opportunity to perform an opera role in a full-scale production. The module consists of a period of musical preparation with vocal coaching and interpretation, followed by role analysis and stage rehearsals. The performance is staged with orchestra, original sets, lighting, costumes and make-up. The module will contain vocal coaching and musical preparation in original language, individually and in a group, practical role analysis and practice for the stage.

Parts open to applicants:

  • Buonafede – bass
  • Clarice – soprano
  • Flaminia – soprano
  • Ecclitico – tenore
  • Ernesto – baritone
  • Cecco – tenore
  • Lisetta – soprano

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

Working with the stage director – as a group – approx. 20 days of rehearsals (approx. 60 hours)

Ensemble rehearsals with the conductor – 10 hours stage-orchestra rehearsals – 10 hours

Number of ECTS:

30 ECTS

Minimum and maximum number of students:

1 – 7 max

Student: 

Singer

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.

Language: 

English, Italian, German

Activity: 

Training / Operatic practice / Performance

Module type: 

Opera performance

GEN 3. Audition Training

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

September 21st, 2021– January 24th, 2022

Open for:

1-3 vocal students

Content:

  • Strategy of auditioning
  • Career strategy
  • Construction of a target repertoire according to the purpose of the auditions
  • Vocal technique and style coaching
  • Phonetics and operatic diction
  • Preparation of the auditions
  • Knowledge of the international operatic world
  • Simulation of the auditions
  • Masterclass
  • Training for participation in Vocal Competitions
  • Auditions for Swiss and International professional partners
  • Individual follow-up and personalized advice

Full methodology program concerning the preparation of all kind of auditions for Opera Houses, Agencies, Opera Studios, etc. Individual teaching with full recognition of the artistic potential and possibilities of each student in agreement with the international professional context.

Meetings with the recognized personalities of the operatic world and auditions for Swiss and international professional partners.

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

  • Marcin Habela (career strategy)
  • Nina Uhari, Réginald Le Reun (preparation of the auditions and style coaching)
  • Florence Million-Krattenmacher, Melody Louledjian (methodology of the auditioning)
  • Sacha Michon (phonetics and operatic diction)

Vocal technique and style coaching: students choose one of the Vocal Department professors: Alexander Mayr, Maria Diaconu, Jeanne Roth, Stuart Patterson, Marcin Habela, Clémence Tilquin, …

Possible extras:

  • Preparation of an entire role from opera repertoire: Nina Uhari.
  • Grotowski’s Actor Training, Marc Mayoraz.
  • Masterclass and seminars
  • Chamber music

24  ECTS

100 hours

Entrance examination: Required repertoire

  • 4 different pieces from the international operatic repertoire

Description of the final examination:

  • Progress examination
  • Final simulation of the auditions

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

GEN 1. French Repertoire

Full time Module:

  • September 21st, 2021 – January 24th, 2022

OR

  • February 19th, 2022 – May 19th, 2022

Open for:

  • Min. 1, max. 2 vocal students

Content:

  • French phonetics (theory and practice)
  • French phonetics coaching
  • French repertoire and opera coaching
  • Vocal technique and style coaching in French repertoire
  • Stage work – French opera
  • Masterclass – French repertoire

Public performances and discussion of all requirements of the chosen repertoire

Specialisation in French opera with full linguistic and stylistic background. Choice of repertoire according to student’s needs. Individual teaching with full recognition of the artistic potential and possibilities of each student.

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

  • Prof. Sacha Michon and Florence Million-Krattenmacher (French phonetics & coaching).
  • Nina Uhari (French repertoire and opera coaching).
  • Vocal technique and style coaching: students choose one of the Vocal Department professors: Marcin Habela, Maria Diaconu, Jeanne Roth, Stuart Patterson, Clémence Tilquin…
  • Marc Mayoraz (stage work)
  • Masterclass

Possible extras:

  • Preparation of an entire role from French opera repertoire: Nina Uhari.
  • Grotowski’s Theater Training, Marc Mayoraz.
  • French Baroque Coaching, sessions: Dorota Cybulska
  • French Baroque Opera Coaching, sessions: Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (with the participation of the Maestro al Cembalo class of the Early Music Department)
  • French Contemporary Vocality and Repertoire: Marcin Habela
  • French Chamber Music: Guy-Michel Caillat
  • Masterclass and seminars
  • Professional Practice (career strategy, preparation for the auditions and auditions for artistic institutions in Switzerland)

24 ECTS

Entrance examination: Required repertoire:

  • 1 aria in French
  • 1 aria free choice
  • 2 French melodies

Description of the final examination:

  • Progress examination
  • and final public performance (only in Full time module)

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

FLO 2. Maestro collaboratore (vocal coach)

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • January 15th, 2022 – April 20th,2022

Meet the Italian Belcanto tradition in the town that hosted the first operatic creation. An all-Italian experience on the operatic repertoire from Baroque to Verdi and Puccini. Piano accompanying lesson on style and technique, repertoire study with vocal coaches, Italian language and diction class, Opera class with acting and staging seminars, final concert with semi-staged performance of full operatic scenes.

Study repertoire:

  1. Two Opera vocal scores in Italian, from Mozart to Puccini
  2. A group arias in Italian, including recitativos and/or cabalettas if present
  3. Operatic scenes or ensembles

Participants:

Pianist / vocal coach

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

We give the participants the possibility to develop their skills as a vocal coach (maestro collaboratore). Our teachers and coaches have a long experience in the tuition of international students, as in our Vocal studies Faculty more than 50% of students are from all the continents. Being in Firenze (Dante’s home town) allows you to absorb the good “reference” Italian diction directly from the people you will meet in the street, as the Florentine language is the basis of the modern Italian language.

Name(s) of the professor(s):

  • Piano and Vocal Coaching Teachers: Andrea Severi, Antonella Bellettini, Ulla Casalini, Anna Toccafondi, Elisabetta Sepe, Daniela Freschi, Marco Bargagna
  • History of Opera: Guglielmo Pianigiani
  • Art song practise/ Italian diction for coaches: Leonardo De Lisi

Possible extras:

  • Masterclass with renown singers and opera directors.
  • Free entrance to rehearsals at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
  • A short programme (incl. city tour) concentrating on special ‘musical’ aspects of the city: Palazzo Pitti (where the first opera ever was staged in 1600, Peri’s “L’Euridice”), Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori (historic pianos), Museo degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, etc.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students:

1/6

Number of teaching / production hours:

Up to 20 hours/week

Number of ECTS within master:

3 months Module will award 24 ECTS

  • “Piano accompaniment lessons” 1-to-1 6 ECTS
  • “Repertoire practice lessons” 1-to1 3 ECTS
  • “Conducting techniques for opera coaches” 3 ECTS
  • “Italian Diction for singers/coaches” 3 ECTS
  • “History of Opera” lecture 3 ECTS
  • “Art song practise” 6 ECTS

ONLY Erasmus mobilities for Studies or Traineeship from EOA partners will be accepted

Entrance examination:

Before April 15th, 2021, by email erasmus@consfi.it only:

  1. Please, send a link to a recent performance of yours (from not more than 1 year ago) including at least:
  2. ONE piano solo piece of free choice or TWO Lieder (or Art Songs) accompanying a singer
  3. ONE operatic aria or scene, accompanying a singer
  4. A brief curriculum and a complete list of studied operatic vocal score in Italian (only word or pdf file, please, or link to personal artistic website)

By May 15th, 2020, candidates will receive a response about selection. If successfully selected, students will be required to confirm their choice before June 30th.

Description of the final Examination:

  • Module: Semi-staged operatic scenes and recital with arias/songs in public concerts at the end of the module
  • Erasmus mobility : each class will award a note of evaluation by the teacher and ECTs

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

  • Italian (main)
  • English (secondary)
  • We require that EOA students have a minimum B1 Italian language level.

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

Erasmus mobility: no tuition fee

ONLY Erasmus mobilities for studies or traineeship from EOA partners will be accepted

Contact person:

Prof. Leonardo De Lisi

e-mail: erasmus@consfi.it

ANT 1. Exploring American Opera

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

January – February – March 2022

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

Description of the module:

This module will explore the American Operatic Repertoire, frequently unknown to European singers and pianists. Standard repertory works by composers such as (among others) Samuel Barber, Carlisle Floyd, Douglas Moore, Gian-Carlo Menotti will be interwoven with modern additions from composers such as (among others) Mark Adamo, Jake Heggie, John Musto and Dominick Argento.

Through this wide-ranging and fascinating repertoire, participants will grow in their understanding of American English diction and its dialects, along with the influence of American literature, culture and history.

The module will conclude with a semi-staged Opera Scenes program, performed with the RCA Collaborative Piano studio + 1 EOA pianist.

The module is intended for:

  • 1 mezzo-soprano
  • 1 tenor
  • 1 baritone
  • 1 bass-baritone/bass
  • 1 collaborative pianist

Module contents:

  1. Weekly Collaboration Class, focused on American repertoire
  2. Language coaching: details of American English diction
  3. Weekly voice lessons with our faculty
  4. Coachings with the studienleiter and other relevant coaches
  5. Acting and movement lessons
  6. Final performance of selected scenes, joined by pianists RCA Collaborative Piano programme and 1 EOA pianist.

What is unique about this module:

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 life and profession.

Participating professors:

  • Jeanne-Minette Cilliers: Studienleiter for Voice, Head of Collaborative Piano, Repertoire coach
  • Andrew Wise: English language coach
  • Anne Cambier, Gary Jankowski, Andrew Richards, Susanne Schimmack: Voice teachers
  • Stage director: TBA

Possible additions to the module:

Participants are encouraged to enroll in the accompanying Music History course on American Music. Singers are invited to the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen to observe/take part in rehearsals as well as attend pré-general/general rehearsals of opera productions.

Number of EOA students:

1 mezzo-soprano

1 tenor

1 baritone

1 bass-baritone/bass

1 collaborative pianist

Number of ECTS credits:

24

Duration of the module:

3 months

Number of teaching hours of the EOA modules:

15 hours/week

Application process:

Deadlines:

  • First round of application: on/before April 15th, 2020.

Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by May 15th, 2020 (upon receipt of application documents).

  • Second round of application: on/ before 1st September, 2020.

Teachers will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by September 15th, 2020 (upon receipt of application documents).

Please include a video link as well as a CV and motivation letter with your application form.

Video requirements:

  1. SINGERS: ONE aria of own choice in English (British or American) with piano.
  2. COLLABORATIVE PIANIST:

EITHER of the following:

  1. One work performed with a singer (aria or song), composed after 1950;

OR

  •  One solo piano work, composed after 1950.

Evaluation:

Artistic performance exam in the form of a staged opera scene performance, joined by the RCA Collaborative Piano studio + one EOA pianist.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

Free for students in Erasmus Program, currently studying for a Bachelor, Master, Postgraduate or third cycle degree.

Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Teaching language/Required level of language: English – B2