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

PAR 4. Piano Accompaniment and Opera Coaching (pianists, training )

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

ERASMUS students (SMS) may choose a mobility within one semester (or both)

  • Winter Semester: 1 October 2020 – 1st week of February 2021
  • Spring Semester: last week of February 2021- 3rd week of June 2021

Communication languages EN/IT

Open for: 1 – 3 piano students

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)
  • Specialized 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.

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 immediatenearby 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, 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. Description of final examination:

30 minutes performance in piano accompaniment of voice (and/or opera scenes)

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 worldrenowned 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.

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

ERASMUS students (SMS) may choose a mobility within one semester (or both)

PAR 3. Piano Accompaniment in Opera (Pianists, Traineeship for pianists)

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

ERASMUS students (STT) may choose a mobility of minimum 3 – maximum 6 months during the academic year 2020-2021

communication languages EN/IT

Open for: 1-5 piano students

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.

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, 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, Teatro Regio, etc.).

  • 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:

Progress examination

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 worldrenowned 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.

  • Semester 200 hours (about 10 hours per week)

Application

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

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Videos

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

GEN 4. Opera Coaching for Pianists

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • September 21st, 2020 – January 24th, 2021

OR

  • February 19th, 2021 – May 19th, 2021

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 personalized 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

FLO 2. Maestro collaboratore

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

September 21 – December 19 (13 weeks) 2020

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. Voice lessons 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 of arias in Italian, including recitativos and/or cabalettas if present
  3. Operatic scenes or ensembles

Participants:

Pianist / vocal coach

We give the participants the possibility to develop their skills in the Italian language 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)

  • Italian Diction and Recitativos: Leonardo De Lisi
  • Piano and Coaching teachers: Andrea Severi, Antonella Bellettii, Ulla casalini, Anna Toccafondi
  • Opera class / Acting: Francesco Torrigiani
  • History of Opera: Guglielmo Pianigiani

Possible extras:

  • Masterclass with renown singers and opera directors.
  • Free entrance to rehearsals at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
  • On request, a short programme incl. city tour(s) 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.

Possible extras:

  • Masterclass with renown singers and opera directors.
  • Free entrance to rehearsals at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
  • On request, a short programme incl. city tour(s) 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:

4/10

Number of teaching / production hours:

  • 85 – 100h

Number of ECTS

3 months Module includes:

  • “Piano lessons 1-to1” 8 ECTs
  • “Repertoire coaching” 8 ECTS
  •  “Opera class” (opera scenes staging) 4 ECTS
  • “Italian Diction for singers” 2 ECTS
  • “History of Opera” (Nov.-Dec.) lecture 3 ECTS

Entrance examination:

  • Before April 30, 2020, by email only:
  1. Please, send a link to a recent performance of yours (from not more than 1 year ago) including at least:
    1. A piano solo piece
    1. An operatic aria or scene accompanying a singer
    1. (optional) a Lied or Art Song accompanying a singer
  2. A brief curriculum and a complete list of studied (or performed) vocal repertoire / roles in Italian (only word or pdf file, please, or link to personal artistic website)

erasmus@consfi.it

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

Description of the final Examination: Module: Semi-staged operatic scenes and recital with arias/songs in public concerts at the end of the module.

ANT 2. Repetiteur training in Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

January – February – March 2021

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

Description of the module: W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni

This module offers 1 pianist specific training as repetiteur, aimed at pianists aspiring to work in 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:

  • Observing the production process from beginning to end, which includes attending all musical and scenic rehearsals, recitative coachings and rehearsals, individual coachings of the cast, as well as related voice lessons.
  • 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.
  • Italian language coaching along with cast members.
  • Lessons with the resident professor of continuo playing on recitatives.
  • While the current Master students at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp will be the official continuo players (on fortepiano) for the production, and the professor of collaborative piano will in general play the tutti musical and scenic rehearsals, the EOA-pianist will lay all chorus rehearsals, as well as some scenic rehearsals and coachings as merited.
  • The pianist will receive weekly individual feedback, personalized advice and new assignments by the professor of collaborative piano.
  • Lessons advanced keyboard musicianship.
  • Cultural background of opera via a music history module (English).
  • Participants will interact with the regular students of the conservatory.

The goal is to gain an in-depth familiarity with Mozart’s operatic style while simultaneously learning and implementing, under expert supervision, the specialized skills and tools of a repetiteur.

The module is an excellent starting point for a pianist to foster their interest in opera and 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 musicians, theatre and dance companies intermingle with lessons, bridging the gap between student life and profession.

In addition, the music department is strongly connected with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Don Giovanni conductor Jan Schweiger is chorus master for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, while professor of collaborative piano Jeanne-Minette Cilliers was a long-time repetiteur on the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen staff.

Participating professors:

Jeanne-Minette Cilliers (head of collaborative piano, opera coach, repetiteur) Sabrina Avantario (Italian language coach)

Korneel Bernolet (continuo)

Guy Joosten (scenic interpretation lessons)

Joost Van Kerckhoven (advanced musicianship piano) Jan Schweiger (conductor of the opera)

TBA (music history module related to opera)

Possible additions to the module:

  • Pianists 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.
  • Masterclass piano
  • Optional Courses from the list of Elective Courses at the Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp

Number of EOA students:

1 pianist

Number of ECTS credits: 24 ECTS

  • Collaborative Piano (6 ECTS)
  • Language coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Accompaniment & coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Advanced keyboard musicianship (3 ECTS)
  • Music Practice (6 ECTS)
  • Music history module related to opera (3 ECTS)

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:

Up to 20 hours/week

Application process:

Deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

The video must contain at least 1 Mozart aria/scene performed live with a singer, as well as another piece (lied or opera), with a singer, in a style of your choice. The video must be without any audio / video post-production.

Evaluation:

Permanent evaluation: over the three-month period of this module, all preparation, playing and general attitude toward learning will form the basis for the final evaluation.

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

Free for students in Erasmus Program, currently studying for a Bachelor, Master or third cycle degree. (Not available for Postgraduates)

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