VIL 3. Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS)

Partnering institutions (for organization and teaching):

  • School of Music and Performing Arts, ESMAE P. PORTO (Portugal)
  • The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Belgium)

Period(s) of the EOA module:

February 1-14, 2022

Open to :

Min. 3, max. 20

Description of the EOA module:

International Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS) invites singers, composers, music and theatre performers, as well as other artists (directors, visual and media artists, writers, etc.) to develop contemporary opera/musical theatre projects during the period of two intensive weeks in Vilnius in February of 2022.

Two types of applications are open:
a) application for (not necessarily limited to) composers to submit creative contemporary opera/musical theatre ideas, as well as conceptual ideas for co-creation to be developed;
b) application for performers and other artists to work on implementation of innovative music theatre ideas in inter- and multidisciplinary setting.

Applicants are invited to submit original, potent creative ideas and concepts which expand the traditional opera genre boundaries, cross-over into multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. Participants are expected to be open to co-operation while developing and performing selected creative projects. OCIS welcomes such ideas and projects as (excerpts of) short opera, performing arts production, sound or interdisciplinary installation, contemporary music theatre, musical action, as well as other forms of inter- and multidisciplinary works that expand on artistic expression, explore new ways and spaces, cultural and social contexts, promote innovative communication with audience and similar.                                    

There are no limitations concerning voice types or instruments for performers.

OCIS will provide assistance in concept and creative development, implementation, performance coaching, and production by the team of teachers from The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, School of Music and Performing Arts, ESMAE P. PORTO, with participation of professionals of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Projects are welcome to make use of music technology if required. Consultation and support will be provided by Music Innovation Studies Centre of the LMTA.

Label:

  • Creative workshop and production / composers, singers, instrumental musicians, producers, directors, other artists / English language

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

Joint module – intensive course (2 weeks) that will be implemented in cooperation of the three higher education institutions – the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, LMTA and ESMAE, with a partnership of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Development and production of the creative projects in the OCIS is unique to the EOA network, it builds on experience of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership EOALAB and experience of LMTA in developing and running similar projects.Incubator promotes diverse approaches in the context of musical theatre, aims to develop creativity, improvisation, and performance skills, inter- and multidisciplinary cooperation, production and cultural entrepreneurship.

It is expected, that after participation in this module, all students:

  • Will have learned about different types/forms of a musical theatre;
  • Will have developed creative and intercultural communication skills;
  • Will be able to demonstrate good communication skills;
  • Will be able to cooperate with a team of international artists by creating, co-creating, rehearsing and presenting artistic projects.

It is expected, that after participation in this module, performance students:

  • Will have developed extended performing techniques;
  • Will have developed performing skills and will demonstrate stage presence individually and in a team of interdisciplinary artists.

It is expected, that after participation in this module, composition, directing and production students:

  • Will be able to develop innovative creative interdisciplinary concepts;
  • Will be able to transform a creative concept into a musical-theatrical composition.

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

Team of teachers/moderators:

Ana Ablamonova (production), Prof. Vykintas Bieliauskas (composition, performance, conducting), Assoc. Prof. Mantautas Krukauskas (composition, production, music technology), Assoc. Prof. Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (dramaturgy, script writing), Assoc. Prof. Liudas Mockūnas (composition, improvisation), Lect. Arnas Mikalkėnas (composition, improvisation), Assist. Prof. Dr. Bruno Pereira (performance, improvisation), Assist. Prof. Steven Prengels (composition, interdisciplinary work, music direction), Prof. Antonio Salgado (performance).

Additional experts can be involved based on requirements of the creative projects.

Possible extras beside the module:

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

Number of teaching/ production hours of the EOA module

160 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 128 individual work hours (bachelor students);

133 hours (of which 32 contact hours and 101 individual work hours (master students)

Number of ECTS

  • 6 ECTS (Bachelor students)
  • 5 ECTS (Master students)

Description of the final examination

Public Performance with Feedback

Entrance examination:

Creative project applications (if applicable, free format should be attached during EOA registration. Evaluation takes 2 weeks. Selection will be sent to all applicants.

Total expenses of the EOA module

  • 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.

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

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

September, October, November 2021 (Term dates: August 24 – December 18)

Description of the EOA module:

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

This module will consist of:

  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Lunchtime recital series managed by students
  • Collaborative music making with experts in Baroque interpretation leading to a performance of “Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo” bei Emilio de Cavalieri
  • Demanding vocal and instrumental work or programme based on a specified theme with Reykjavík Opera Days. (16 ECTS)*

*For instrumentalist a personalized 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)
  • Stuart Skelton (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

Deadline of application and requirements:

1st Deadline: April 15th , 2021

2nd Deadline: September 15th, 2021

Entrance examination:

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

  • 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.

VIL 2. Creating the Character in Opera

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022:

  • 6 intensive weeks during Autumn semester (October, November, 2021)

OR

  • 6 intensive weeks during Spring semester (March, April, 2022)

Open for:

  • 4-10 EOA students

Description

Purpose of the study module: to master the specifics of creating an operatic character.

Length / frequency: 6 weeks (4-6 contact hours per week)

Components and content:

  1. The principles of the acting theory.
  2. The specifics of acting in opera.
  3. Understanding of and research into the libretto text.
  4. The process of creating a character.

The learning process will be organised in a series of workshop. We will begin with exercises to encourage relaxation and concentration in the creative process; exploring, analysing, and understanding the acting theory in general, and the specifics of application of this knowledge to the individual comprehension of the process. Further, we will move on to creating and performing scenes, monologues, and, finally, arias.

Topics of the module:

•  understanding of what actually acting is;

•  understanding the process of creating a character as a projection or a semiotic paradox;

•  analysis and comprehension of the acting process in the puppet theatre. Acting with an object of the audience perception;

•  the principles of the aesthetics of the Brechtian theatre;                    

•  mask acting, scenes using mask characters;

•  clown acting, principles, exercises, scenes;

•  using voice as a part of the character expression.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the study module, the student will be able to:

    • understand the character as a projection, an object upon which the creative process is imposed;

    • understand the specifics of actor’s transformation into a character;

    •  analyse the libretto text as a source for creating a character;

    •  understand the principles of the research into a character.

Label:

  • Practical training / singers and other stage performers / English language

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

  • Lect. Sakalas Uzdavinys, Assoc. Prof. Adrija Cepaite, Assist. Raminta Verseckaitė

Possible extras beside the module:

Number of teaching /production hours of the EOA module

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

Number of ECTS

  • 3 credits

Description of the final examination

  • Examination or Pass/Fail

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

Entrance examination: week number, place

  • None

Total expenses of the EOA module per student

  • 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 mover) students is 290 Eur.

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.

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

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

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

  • Winter Semester: 1 October 2021 – 1st week of February 2022
  • Spring Semester: last week of February 2021- 3rd week of June 2022

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 2021-2022

ERASMUS students (STT) may choose a mobility of minimum 3 – maximum 6 months during the academic year 2021-2022

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 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

GEN 4. Opera Coaching for Pianists

Period of the EOA module in 2021-2022

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

OR

  • February 19th, 2021 – May 19th, 2022

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 (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