REY 2. Opera Ensemble Workshop: Mozart – Blended Intensive Programme

In this Blended Intensive Programme the IUA’s Music department created a workshop to train young opera singers on how to prepare and work on Mozart-ensemble. For this BIP, IUA Reykjavík has worked together with SKH Stockholm and ESMAE Porto. 

                   

Overview of the course:

Period: autumn semester, 26.-30. September 2022

 

Subject: Big ensembles from Mozart operas*:

 

Deadline for applications: 20th April 2022

Voice / roles:

  • 7 sopranos
  • 2 mezzo-sopranos
  • 3 tenors
  • 3 baritons
  • 3 bass baritons
  • 3 bass
Repertoire

Don Giovanni – Finale I, no.13

“Presto, presto, pria ch´ei venga”

  • Masetto (bass baritone)
  • Donna Anna (soprano)
  • Donna Elvira (mezzosoprano)
  • Don Ottavio (tenor)
  • Don Giovanni (baritone)
  • Zerlina (soprano)
  • Leporello (bass baritone)

Così fan tutte – Finale I, no.18

Ah! Che tutta in un momento”

  • Fiordiligi (soprano)
  • Dorabella (mezzosoprano)
  • Despina (soprano)
  • Fernando (tenor)
  • Gugliemo (baritone)
  • Don Alfonso (bass baritone)

Le nozze di Figaro – Finale 2.act, no.16

Signori, di fuori…”

  • Susanna (soprano)
  • La Contessa (soprano)
  • Marcellina (soprano),
  • Basilio (tenor)
  • Il Conte (baritone)
  • Antonio (bass)
  • Bartolo (bass)
  • Figaro (bass)
How is the Blended Intensive programme organised?

The Blended Intensive Programme consists of 3-week virtual component and 1-week Physical activity organised as follows:

Virtual component: 

Online lectures: 1 x week, a total of 3 sessions

  • Week #1 – online lectures: Getting to know the story/caracters. How to prepare?
  • Week #2 – online lecture: Getting to know the style/Mozart. How to sing?
  • Week #3 – online lecture: Getting to know the language. How to sing italian?

Students will get 3-4 online lectures and assignments to prepare before the intensive work-week in Reykjavík. Each participant will work individually on the project as well as in collaboration with with each other. They will get training in character development, and the incorporation of foreign language in opera while working as part of an ensemble. This component also relies on the students forming groups around each scene(project) and collaborating independently online so they can make the most of their learning during the intensive week in Reykjavik.

 

Physical activity

Intensive Opera Workshop, from 26th to 30th September, 2022

  • Week #4 – Intensive Opera-Workshop in Reykjavik

This Opera-Workshop is about working as you would in an operatheater, re-exploring familiar opera-ensembles and find a way to surprise and challenge ourselfs. This is also an opportunity getting to know each other, getting to know different approaches and culture and  building up collaboration and network. The future aim is that the opera-workshop will become a regular collaboration between music universities in Europe in the years to come.

On-site teaching, preparation in each partner institution

Teaching location: IUA Reykjavík, Skipholt 31, music department, Dynjandi lecture hall

Participants: Students of the IUA singing program as well as at least 15 travelling students from partner schools run by EOA.

The coursework includes:

  • Language /diction work
  • Translation, basic music-dramatic structure
  • Musical work with coach, conductor, voice-teachers
  • Exploring the possibilities for basic dramaturgy in the scenes, with the help of movement and improvisation
  • playing with movement and communication between the singers

Mentors:

  • Carolien Drewes (Correpetiteur den Haag)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (Correpetiteur  Vocal Performance IUA)
  • Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir (Bodywork, movement, Reykjavík)
  • Martin Hellström (Stockholm University for the arts, opera department)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (IUA, Head of Vocal Performance)
  • Antonio Salgado (Head of Vocal studies at ESMAE, Porto)
  • N.N. conductor (ESMAE, Porto)

Click here to download the full description of the BIP and the Week Plan of the Workshop BIP

Practical information:

IUA has recieved organistional support from ERASMUS BIP Funding to develop this programme.

The sending institutions will apply for their own ERASMUS KA131 for the mobility of their participants.

POR 1 B. Preparing Operatic Roles: Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

8th October 2022 to 28th January 2023

B. Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles 

The main purpose of this module is to consolidate the performer skills, giving a particular focus to the work on stage in the interaction with the director and the maestro. Issues of scenic presence in relation with the scene/stage will also be explored. Scenic experimentation through body movement, improvisation, vocality and the arousing of emotion will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making. This module will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate the student’s artistic autonomy both in methodological processes as well as the consolidation of an artistic identity. Through an organization of their knowledge and skills (creative, sensory and cognitive) the student will be able to develop interpretative operatic roles taking in account previous dramaturgic assumptions for the purpose of live performance.

  • Master a variety of techniques of movement and acting.
  • Develop somatic and emotional body-mind approaches to performance practice
  • Increase awareness of the poetic universe of the performer
  • Develop the singular nature of each opera singer during live performance and during collective interaction.

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

  • Claire Bynion
  • António Salgado
  • Claudia Marisa
  • António Durães

Possible extras beside the module

Students may attend one, or both, of these theoretical seminars on the subject of Opera and Performance:

  • Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Mário Vieira de Carvalho – member of the Administrative Counsel of the European Music Theatre Academy and President of CESEM – Center of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies
  • 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.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students

1-3 vocal students

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work.

Number of ECTS

20 ECTS

Entrance examination

Video recording or link to video recording

Description of final examination

Public performance on stage with piano.

Teaching language

English – level 3

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

8th October 2022 to 28th January 2023

Acting for Singers in the Preparation of Operatic Roles

The main purpose of this module is to consolidate the performer skills, giving a particular focus to the work on stage in the interaction with the director and the maestro. Issues of scenic presence in relation with the scene/stage will also be explored. Scenic experimentation through body movement, improvisation, vocality and the arousing of emotion will bring the student a new approach to Opera and Opera making. This module will enable the student to experience a live performance in front of an audience.

 

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

The aim of this section of the module is to facilitate the student’s artistic autonomy both in methodological processes as well as the consolidation of an artistic identity. Through an organization of their knowledge and skills (creative, sensory and cognitive) the student will be able to develop interpretative operatic roles taking in account previous dramaturgic assumptions for the purpose of live performance.

  • Master a variety of techniques of movement and acting.
  • Develop somatic and emotional body-mind approaches to performance practice
  • Increase awareness of the poetic universe of the performer
  • Develop the singular nature of each opera singer during live performance and during collective interaction.

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

  • Claire Bynion
  • António Salgado
  • Claudia Marisa
  • António Durães

 

Possible extras beside the module

Students may attend one, or both, of these theoretical seminars on the subject of Opera and Performance:

  • Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach. Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Mário Vieira de Carvalho – member of the Administrative Counsel of the European Music Theatre Academy and President of CESEM – Center of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies
  • 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.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students

1-3 vocal students

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

10 -12 hours individual tuition & 45 hours group work.

Number of ECTS

20 ECTS

Entrance examination

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Two video recording or link to video recording
  • Deadline:
    • 15th April 2022

Description of final examination

Public performance on stage with piano.

Teaching language

English – level 3

Total expenses of the EOA

  • This module is only available within Erasmus exchange (Master´s level), during the academic year 2022/23.
  • Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs

LOD 1. CPL – Contemporary Performance Laboratory

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

February 15th, 2023 – May 31st, 2023

Description of the module

This module allows to use all potential of vocal and kinaesthetic art in the area of contemporary music including performative arts like improvised singing, dancing and actings. Module 1 is strongly connected with expanding voice and body abilities during and artistic creation. Inspired by postulate of Jerzy Grotowski and his Laboratory Theatre the module will give to the young artist an extraordinary way of creating a role by using all the gamut of stage expression.

The module is dedicated to singers and dancers. It is based on discovering an archetypical primeval intentions and visions as a main factor in creating an artistic performance.

The module includes singing and dance lesson, musical improvisation, movement and dance improvisation, performative arts laboratory, working with piano coach, full breath & body & mind workshop, history of modern music educational programme.

Kind of voice and role

  • Every kind of voice
  • Every type of dancer (classical, modern)

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

Singing and dancing lessons. Performative actions including improvised singing, dance and acting in the area of contemporary music.

EOA students will be offered a tailor-made programme:

  • Singing lessons – vocal coaching
  • Practice with a pianist
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Musical preparation of opera scenes and artistic songs in the original language, individually and in a group
  • Practical role analysis and stage work

The module will contain investigation of the influence of the language on the interpretation of the role, stage acting and overall performance. We offer the opportunity for in-depth studies of the Polish modern opera repertoire with Polish-speaking teachers in a native language environment.

Names of the professors of this module:

  • Urszula Kryger
  • Beata Zawadzka-Kłos
  • Anna Werecka
  • Piotr Miciński
  • Przemysław Rezner
  • Agnieszka Łuczyńska
  • Michal Barczak

Possible extra’s beside the module

Career design, yoga, Polish language lesson, early music and many others

Minimum and maximum number of students:

2 – 6

Deadline for application: 

  • 15th April 2022
  • 15th September 2022

Description of the final examination:

Performance open to the audience in the end of the spring term

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). Please, note that students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.

Note! Please, contact your Erasmus office as early as possible in order to be qualified in time for Erasmus scholarship.

  • Module could be also available as postgraduate studies. The fee is then approx. 2000 EUR (travel and living costs not included).

Language: 

English, Italian, German

FLO 1. A room with a view on the Italian Belcanto

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

  • January 23rd, 2023 – April 31st, 2023

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. One leading role from an Opera in Italian
  2. A group of 3-4 arias in Italian, including recitativos and/or cabalettas if present and full scenes and ensembles from operas

Participants:

All voice types

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

We give the participants the possibility to develop their skills in the Italian language and diction in a very practical approach. We will concentrate on interpretation and performance of the most important Italian belcanto styles, from the early baroque “recitar-cantando”, the classic recitativo secco, accompagnato and virtuoso arias, to the Romantic “solita scena” (scena, aria and cabaletta) until the declamatory style of the late XIX composers (Verismo), depending on each singer vocal and musical needs. Our teachers and coaches have a long experience in the tuition of international students, as in our Vocal studies Faculty more than 50% of singers 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)

  • Voice teachers: Ester Castriota, Donatella Debolini, Gianni Fabbrini, Nemi Bertagni, M. Costanza Nocentini
  • Repertoire coaches: Antonella Bellettini, Ulla Casalini, Anna Toccafondi, Elisabetta Sepe, Andrea Severi, Daniela Freschi
  • Opera class / Acting: Francesco Torrigiani
  • Italian Diction: Francesco Torrigiani, Leonardo De Lisi
  • History of Opera: Guglielmo Pianigiani
  • Baroque vocal ensemble: Santina Tomasello
  • Chamber music & vocal ensembles: 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 Peri’s “L’Euridice” was created), Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori (historic pianos), Museo degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, etc.

Minimum and maximum number of EOA students:

4/12

Number of teaching / production hours:

Up to 20 hours/week

Number of ECTS within master:

3 months Module will award 24 ECTS

  • “Vocal technique and repertoire” 1-to-1 lessons, 6 ECTS
  • “Repertoire coaching with pianist” 1-to-1 lessons, 3 ECTS
  • “Opera class” (opera scenes staging), 3 ECTS
  • “Italian Diction for singers” lecture, 3 ECTS
  • “History of Opera” lecture, 3 ECTS
  • “Chamber music & vocal esemble” group, 3 ECTS
  • “Baroque vocal ensemble” group, 3 ECTS

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

Entrance examination:

Before April 15th, 2022, 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 operatic arias/scenes in Italian from Baroque to Puccini (it also includes concert arias in Italian)
  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)

By May 15th, 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

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

Contact person:

Prof. Leonardo De Lisi

e-mail: erasmus@consfi.it

GEN 3. Audition training

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

September 2022– January 2023

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 personalised 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 recognised 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 2. 20th and 21st- Centuries and Contemporary Vocalities

Full time Module:

  • September 2022 – January 2023

OR

  • February 2023 – May 2023

Open for:

  • Min. 1, max. 2 vocal students
  • Module for students currently studying for a bachelor, master’s or third cycle degree

Content:

  • Vocal technique and style coaching in contemporary repertoire.
  • Vocal improvisation and contemporary vocalities.
  • Vocal coaching.
  • Masterclass contemporary repertoire (methodology of scores lecture)
  • Contemporary Chamber Music
  • Public performances and discussion of all requirements of the chosen repertoire.

Full methodology programme about the different approaches to contemporary repertoire and contemporary vocalities. A choice of repertoire according to the 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:

  • Marcin Habela, Jeanne Roth, Alexander Mayr (vocal technique and style coaching)
  • Eric Trémoilières (vocal improvisation and contemporary vocalities)
  • Juliette de Banes Gardonne (contemporary vocalities)
  • Nina Uhari (vocal coaching)
  • Luisa Castellani, Juliette de Banes Gardonne(masterclass contemporary repertoire)
  • Guy-Michel Caillat (Contemporary Chamber Music)

Possible extras:

  • Preparation of an entire role from 20th-century or contemporary opera repertoire, Nina Uhari.
  • Grotowski’s Actor Training, Marc Mayoraz.

  • Masterclass and seminars.
  • Professional Practice (career strategy, preparation for auditions and auditions at artistic institutions in Switzerland)

24 ECTS

100 hours

Entrance examination: Required repertoire

  • 4 different pieces from the 20th century and Contemporary repertoire

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

GEN 1. French Repertoire

Full time Module:

  • September 21st, 2022 – January 24th, 2023

OR

  • February 19th, 2023 – May 19th, 2023

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

ANT 1. Operetta role study and fully produced performance

Operetta role study and fully produced performance


Name and place of institution:

Royal Conservatory, Antwerp – Belgium

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

January—February—March 2023 (final performances might be April 1&2)
Only available for students from ERASMUS+ partner institutions (3 months)

Description of the module:

  1. Offenbach: La Périchole

In this intensive 3 month course, students will experience a complete operetta production, from the first musical rehearsals to the fully staged performances of the opera in the theatre. The singers will be accompanied by the student symphony orchestra of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp. This experience will take place in the stimulating environment of the deSingel Arts Campus.
The module is intended for: 2 tenors and 2 baritones in the roles of Piquillo, Don Miguel de Panatellas (tenors) and Don Andres de Ribeira, Don Pedro de Hinoyosa (baritones). This operetta will be double cast using both current students at The Royal Conservatory Antwerp and selected applicants of this module.  The objectives are the mastering of vocal and artistic challenges inherent in these roles, the musical and dramatic preparation thereof, and the search for individual interpretative concepts. The course will help singers develop their knowledge of the French operetta repertoire and provide a full immersion into the style, performance and French language preparation. Special attention will be paid to the art of spoken dialog, and how to transition from speaking to singing. The existing dialog will be rewritten under the stage director’s guidance, in a mixture of French, German, Italian, English and Dutch, utilising the linguistic strengths of each individual singer.

 

The course will consist of:

  1. Individual voice lessons with the voice faculty.
  2. Coachings with the head of collaborative piano and other relevant coaches.
  3. Acting and stage movement lessons.
  4. French language coaching.
  5. Dialog coaching.
  6. Musical rehearsals with the conductor and pianists.
  7. Scenic rehearsals with the stage director, conductor and pianists.
  8. At least one full performance of the opera.
  9. Participation in a specially designed history module around La Périchole/Offenbach.
  10. Optional courses from the list of Elective Courses at the Royal Conservatoire, Antwerp
  11. Participants will interact with the regular students of the conservatory.

 

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 and professional life.

 

In addition, the music department fosters a strong affiliation with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (OBV), providing opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances at their theatres in both Antwerp and Ghent.

Professors involved in this module:

Anne Cambier (French language coach)

Stijn Saveniers (conductor, music director and operetta specialist)

Guy Joosten (scenic interpretation lessons)
Koen Kessels (coach piano accompaniment)

Stephan Weytjens (history)

Jeanne-Minette Cilliers (studienleiter: voice; collaborative piano)

Voice teachers: Anne Cambier, Gary Jankowski, Susanne Schimmack



Number of EOA students:

2 tenors (Piquillo, Don Miguel de Panatellas)

2 baritones (Don Andres de Ribeira, Don Pedro de Hinoyosa)

 

Number of ECTS credits:
Total 24 ECTS
– Opera (6 ECTS)
– Language coaching  (3 ECTS)
– Voice (9 ECTS)
– Music Practise (6 ECTS)

Duration of the module:

3 months

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module:
Up to 20 hours/week

Application process:

First Deadline: April 15, 2022

Second Deadline: September 15, 2022

Application materials:

Application form

Current CV 

Letter of Motivation
A video link (audio-visual recording) containing AT LEAST 2 Arias with piano/orchestra: 

1 operetta aria, preferably in French; 

1 aria of choice in any language and style) 

Both must be performed live without any audio / video post-production.

 

Our panel will review the material submitted and will communicate the results of the selection by 30 September 2022 (upon receipt of application documents).

Final examination:

Artistic performance exam in the form of the operetta performance(s), accompanied by the student symphony orchestra of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp.

 

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:
Free for students in the Erasmus Program, currently enrolled in a  Bachelor, Master or third cycle degree (not available for postgraduates).
Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.

 

Accepted students must complete the following materials prior to arrival in Antwerp:

  1. EOA form
  2. Regular Erasmus application

VIL 2. Opera Creation, Improvisation and Performance Incubator (OCIS)

Partnering institutions (for organisation and teaching):

 

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

                              

  

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2022-23:

February 1-14, 2023

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 2023.

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.

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

VIL 1. Creating the Character in Opera

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023:

  • 6 intensive weeks during Spring semester: March 6th – April 14th 2023

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 (4-5 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

  • 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.

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