VIL 2. Experimental Opera Incubator

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • January 15th – April 15th of 2020

Open for

  • Min. 2, max. 5

The Incubator invites singers, composers and other artists to develop experimental opera projects during the three months in Vilnius in Spring of 2020.

Applicants should submit original, strong and creative concepts which cross traditional opera genre boundaries and can be characterized as interdisciplinary ‘voice in landscape’ project realized in the contemporary context.

Concept proposal should be presented by the end of September of 2019.

Selected authors of projects will be invited to the Incubator for concept development, creative interdisciplinary collaboration and realization of the creative project in a chosen venue in Vilnius.

Creative projects such as short opera, performing art production, sound or interdisciplinary installation, contemporary music theatre, musical action and other form of multidisciplinary work that discover new ways of artistic expression, explore new spaces, community contexts, promote innovative communication and create new audiences, are welcome.

Incubator provides assistance in concept and dramaturgy development, visual solutions, performance coaching, improvisation, technical and artistic production. Projects that require involvement of music & digital technology (electronics, spatial sound, etc.), interactive recordings, installations will be assisted by a technical and creative staff of Music Innovation Studies Centre, www.misc.lmta.lt.

Creative laboratory and production / singers, composers, directors, other artists / English language

Development and production of the original creative opera projects in interdisciplinary teams is unique. The Incubator promotes broader conceptual approach of the opera genre, which leads to experimentation and development of strong creative ideas. Module trains creativity, interdisciplinary cooperation, and cultural entrepreneurship.

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

Team of assistants for project development and production: (depends on the concrete creative project):

  • Artistic production: Ana Ablamonova
  • Composition and electronics: Mantautas Krukauskas
  • Concept development: Mantautas Krukauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Dramaturgy: Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
  • Improvisation: Liudas Mockūnas, Arnas Mikalkėnas
  • Lighting design: Giedrius Gurevičius
  • Music and digital technology: Julius Aglinskas, Jonas Jurkūnas
  • Performance coaching: Vykintas Baltakas, Indrė Baikštytė

Possible extras

  • Vocal coaching: Algirdas Janutas, Asta Krikščiūnaitė Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

120 contact hours

240 hours of individual creative work 15 ECTS

Description of the final examination

  • Public Performance

Entrance examination

  • 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 and what is included / excluded in this price

  • Fee ranges from 900 Eur to 1500 Eur.
  • Total price depends on the complexity of production, size of supporting team, and selected extras.

VIL 1. Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • 3 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November), or
  • 3 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April)

Open for

  • 1-5 EOA students

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 well as 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, giving the student more 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

Skills

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

Practical training / singers and other stage performers /English language Name of profesor:

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

Possible extras

Courses from the list of Elective Courses at LMTA

32 hours

3 ECTS

Final examination

  • Pass/fail (required minimum: 70 % attendance of practical training classes) Entrance examination:
  • none

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

  • 267 eur for 3 weeks intensive course

MAA 5. Full scale opera production. Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • April – May – June 2021

This module is open to:

  • 1-2 orchestra conducting students
  • 1-2 stage director students
  • 1-2 piano students
    • Master students or recent graduates

This module, born from the collaboration between the Maastricht Conservatory and the opera company Opera Zuid, aims to offer students the possibility of assiting the conductor and director or Opera Zuid’s production. They will follow the day to day of a professional production, working on this occasion with:

Working sessions in Opera Zuid will be complemented with sessions in the conservatory with professors of recognized standing and expertise in the field of opera:

Furthermore, Opera Zuid and their business model represent an example of good practices to be known and followed by the opera makers of the future. By creating and touring their own productions around different theatres and cities of the region, like Maastricht, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag or Breda, among others, this company promotes an entrepreneurial attitude in a cultural environment that is demanding that more and more from the young artists.

In this module, the students will have the opportunity to experience the complete process of creating, developing and implementing an opera production:

  • Ensemble rehearsals, vocal coaching
  • Stage rehearsals
  • Orchestra rehearsals
  • General rehearsal
  • Tour: between 10-12 performances

Application:

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

Final Examination:

  • Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Opera Zuid report

Collaboration with:

MAA 4. Full scale opera production. Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Ravel’s L’heure espagnole

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • October – November – December 2020

This module is open to:

  • 1-2 orchestra conducting students
  • 1-2 stage director students
  • 1-2 piano students
    • Master students or recent graduates

This module, born from the collaboration between the Maastricht Conservatory and the opera company Opera Zuid, aims to offer students the possibility of assisting the conductor and director or Opera Zuid’s production. They will follow the day to day of a professional production, working on this occasion with:

Working sessions in Opera Zuid will be complemented with sessions in the conservatory with professors of recognized standing and expertise in the field of opera:

Furthermore, Opera Zuid and their business model represent an example of good practices to be known and followed by the opera makers of the future. By creating and touring their own productions around different theaters and cities of the region, like Maastricht, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag or Breda, among others, this company promotes an entrepreneurial attitude in a cultural environment that is demanding that more and more from the young artists.

In this module, the students will have the opportunity to experience the complete process of creating, developing and implementing an opera production:

  • Ensemble rehearsals, vocal coaching
  • Stage rehearsals
  • Orchestra rehearsals
  • General rehearsal
  • Tour: between 10-12 performances

Application:

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

Final Examination:

  • Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Opera Zuid report

Collaboration with:

MAA 2. Opera production experience: pianist, conductors, directors, stage designers

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • 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 (Title TBA)

Open for:

  • 1 or 2 conductors
  • 1 or 2 directors
  • 1 or 2 repetiteurs
  • 1 or 2 stage designers

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)
  • Project Management basic skills and career strategy (subject Your Art as a Business)

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

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

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.

Final Examination:

Permanent Artistic Evaluation + Public performance