VAL 2. Performance of an operatic role in a fully staged opera production

Period(s) of the EOA module in 2020-2021:

February, March, April 2021 (2nd title)

Open for:

  • Minimum 1 student
  • Maximum 5 students

Description of the EOA module:

  • Training and professional preparation of an opera part, concluded with the performance of a fully staged opera production
  • Title to be performed: Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
  • This includes:
    • Singing lessons
    • Vocal coaching
    • Acting
    • Language coaching
    • Musical rehearsals with the conductor, pianists and orchestra
    • Scenic rehearsals with the stage director, conductor and pianists.

In order to study the specific roles of the production.

Kind of voice and role:

  • Mezzo (offered role: Alisa)
  • Bass (offered role: Raimondo)

* Roles will be announced together with the title

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

Valencia is a major cultural centre and encourages immersion into the professional opera and music scene:  Palau de Les Arts Opera House, concerts and presentations by major international musicians,… In addition, there are many events and festivals throughout the year (i.e. Las Fallas). With a rich history in modern architectural masterpieces (City of Arts and Sciences), Valencia’s deep, multicultural roots, cosmopolitan flavour, and warm climate to make it a true Mediterranean gem.

Also, Valencia is one of Spain’s (and Europe’s) most affordable cities for student accommodation.

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

  • Singing: Gloria Fabuel, Carlos López Galarza, Pilar Moral, Amparo Quevedo, Ofelia Sala, Charo Vallés
  • Opera coaches: Laïla Barnat, Carles Budó, Miquel Carbonell, Pablo García-Berlanga, Diego Sánchez
  • Conductor: Francesc Gamón
  • Stage director: Jaume Martorell

Possible extras beside the module:

  • Masterclasses
  • Concerts at different venues in Valencia
  • Opera sofa: Performance of opera highlights
  • Attending opera performances at Palau de Les Arts
  • Exchange and collaboration with other students of the Conservatory working on the same production.

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

A_Teaching: The first 6 weeks

  • Working with the singing teacher (individual classes)
  • Working with the opera coach (individual classes)
  • Working with the conductor and vocal coach (as a group)
  • Working with the stage director (as a group)

B_Production: The following 6 weeks

  • Ensemble rehearsals with the conductor
  • Stage-orchestra rehearsals
  • Performances at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

25 ECTs

Entrance examination:

  • Via application form in EOA website.
  • Deadline 1: April 15th 2020
  • Deadline 2: September 15th 2020

The materials to submit with your application are:

  • CV
  • Repertoire
  • Two Videos (it can be a link to Youtube or any other platform)

Description of the final Examination:

Public performance of a fully staged chamber opera at the Concert Hall of the Conservatory Superior of Music

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

  • Free for students in Erasmus Programme
  • Module is available within an Erasmus exchange
  • Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and travelling costs.

Contact person:

Charo Vallés, Coordinator Master Operatic Performance master.opera@csmvalencia.es

REY 2. Collaborative practice for singers and composers

Build and perfect your vocal technique and performance skills through collaboration

Period of the EOA module in 2020-21:

January – May 2021 (Term dates: January 11- May 21, 2021)

Open for:

  • 1-3 singer
  • 1-2 composers

Description of the EOA module:

For you as a singer this is a unique opportunitie to take an active part in the composition process and present your voice and its possibilites. You will be asked to present a piece or an aria from any era that you love to sing and is typical for your voice type.

Together BA singers and composers join in discussion and analysis of vocal music repertoire, where the specialist knowledge of each group informs the other. In the second half of the course composers will either – and this will be based on the will and chemistry of the group – be paired up with vocalists to create a new work of vocal music, or, the group will collaboratively create a single work together. By the end of the term, the will be public performances of new music.

This module will also consist of:

  • Voice lessons with a team of voice teachers
  • Performance classes
  • Coaching
  • Public lunchtime recital series managed by students

Possible extras:

  • Dramatic Interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Performance of scenes from operas or an entire opera (TBA) (2-10 ECTS)
  • Experimental music ensemble (4ECTS)

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

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

A. For singers

The special feature of this module is to get the chance to work with a composer and take an active part in the creative process. Also to influence and have a discussion about how to write for the voice and about content and context like text or other inspirations for the composition. In the end to perform a piece written especially for your voice. Apart from this 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. As well you may make use of the department’s numerous performance opportunities, performing song, oratorio and opera repertoire.

B. For composers:

The composition department has been flourishing in recent years and graduated composers have enriched the music scene in Iceland and abroad. Every student is met where he is at and diversity and individuality is fostered. This makes the department an exciting place for aspiring composers who are interested in collaboration and working with the voice.

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

  • Thora Einarsdottir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson (composer, director)
  • Hróðmar Sigurbjörnsson (composer)
  • Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir (composer)
  • Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir (voice and performance)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)

Up to 20 hours pr. week

14 ECTs

For composers a personalised programme of practical courses will be put together depending on students’ needs.

Possible extra’s beside the module:

Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Entrance examination:

  • Deadline: April 15
  • by submission of unedited video, performing 3 contrasting arias or songs in at least two different languages
  • Motivation letter.

(Second application date September 15)

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

Period of the EOA module in 2020-21:

September, October, November (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.

Open for:

  • 1-3 singers
  • 1-4 Baroque instrumentalist primarily, strings and continuo players

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 and demanding vocal and instrumental work or programme based on a specified theme from the Baroque period. Public performance in collaboration with Reykjavík Opera Days. (16 ECTS)*

*For instrumentalist a personalised program of practical courses will be put together depending on your needs.

Possible extras:

  • International phonetics IPA (2ECTS)
  • Dramatic interpretation classes (2ECTS)
  • Movement classes (2ECTS)
  • Opera scenes (2ECTS)
  • Vocal improvisation (2ECTS)
  • Music, culture and society, lectures (4ECTS)

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

  • Thora Einarsdottir (voice and performance)
  • Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir (coach, piano accompaniment)
  • Sigurður Halldórsson (music director)
  • Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir (voice and performance)
  • Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (voice and performance)
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson (voice and performance)

Up to 20 hours pr. week

16 ECTs

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Icelandic for beginners (4ECTS)

https://www.islit.is/en/art-and-culture-in-iceland/music/

Entrance examination:

  • Deadline: April 15
  • by submission of unedited video
  • performing 3 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%)

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. 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

STO 4. Opera performance with orchestra and conductor

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • January 13th – April 12th 2020

Open for

  • 1 or 2 vocal students

In this module, the student singers work in a production in cooperation with student conductors and musicians from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a professional stage director.

The project will consist of opera scenes from 2-3 different operas, conceptually merged into one opera performance. The course starts with preparatory work with vocal coaching with our teachers in musical interpretation and the conductor students.

The course also contains language coaching, both individually and in group.

A production period of 6-7 weeks follows, consisting of stage work and orchestral rehearsals leading up to a fully staged performance with lighting, costumes and makeup.

Repertoire, kind of voice and role will be communicated on in August-2020

Possible extra’s beside the module

  • Movement
  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession.

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

  • Stina Ancker, senior lecturer of music dramatic performance
  • Christine Morgan, senior lecturer of musical interpretation

Ca 108 hours

15 ECTS
Entrance examination

We choose our EOA-students via recorded material. With the application we need recordings of sound and video.

Formats:

  • Sound: Wav or AIFF.
  • Video: Mov or mp4

Description of final examination

Students are examined through the staged performance and a subsequent discussion in the group reflecting on how the singer’s performance of a role is influenced by the interaction with other professional groups in a production.

Teaching language/ Required level of language

  • Communication language: EN, level 5

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

  • Against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES.

STO 3. Site , event , encounter

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • August 31st– December 19th 2020

Open for

  • 1 or 3 vocal students

In this module, the singer students explore how working in other venues and spaces than the opera theatre  influence the music-dramatic expression. The students, together with a stage director, take an active part in deciding how to use the available spaces and how to place the audience  in the chosen space. 

The module contains singing lessons as well as musical interpretation sessions.

The students work on selected scenes with a stage director, and bring their work into the  chosen venue, and stage a performance for a small audience. Recently the venue has been the “Reactor Hall” of the Stockholm institute of Technology, an exciting underground former nuclear reactor plant, now a cultural venue for the Institute of Technology.

The students will also explore how voice and architecture interact and create new auditive spaces for the performer and the audience.

The module will also include a concert in December, on stage at Hugoteatern, the studio theatre of the school.

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

  • Patrick Söriing, Assistant professor of stage movement
  • Christine Morgan, Assistant professor of musical interpretation
  • Mareike Dobewall, director and stage designer, PhD candidate inOpera

ca. 120 hours

24 ECTS

Possible extras

  • seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession

Entrance examination:

We choose our EOA-students via recorded material. With the application we need recordings of sound and video.

Formats:

  • Sound: Wav or AIFF.
  • Video: Mov or mp4

Description of final examination:

  • Students are examined through the staged performance in the chosen space, through a second presentation in a new venue, through a concert and a subsequent reflective discussion in the group and individually

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

  • Communication language: EN, level 5

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

  • Against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES.

STO 2. Full Opera production

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • Spring semester 2021: 1 March – 7 June 2021

Open to

  • 1 or 2 vocal students

This course offers an opportunity to perform an opera role in a full-scale production at Werrmland Opera, an Opera House in Karlstad, in the west of Sweden. The module consists of a period of musical preparation with vocal coaching and interpretation, followed by role analysis and stage rehearsals, led by a professional director and conductor. The performance is produced with orchestra, sets, lighting, costume and make up.

The repertoire will be decided in Autumn 2020

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

  • Stina ancker, Assistant professor of music dramatic performance
  • Majsan Dahling, Lecturer of musical interpretation
  • Christine Morgan, Assistant Professor of musical interpretation

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession

ca. 170 hours

21 ECTS

Entrance examination:

We choose our EOA-students via recorded material. With the application we need recordings of sound and video.

Formats:

  • Sound: Wav or AIFF
  • Video: Mov or mp4 Description of the final Examination:
  • Students are examined through the performance in the fully staged production

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

  • Communication language: EN, level 5

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

  • Against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES.

STO 1. Italian Opera scenes , language, expression, communication

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • Autumn semester 2020: 31st August to 19th December

Open for

  • 1-3 vocal students

Explore the connections between language, music, acting and movement through scenes from Italian Opera and recitative. You will work with language, musical performance, acting, vocal skills and stage movement in parallel, often with several teachers cooperating in the same session. The module will contain:

  • Investigation of the influence of language on stage thought, action and performance
  • vocal coaching and musical preparation of opera scenes in original language, individually and in group
  • Practical role analysis and stage work
  • Stage movement classes
  • An intensive course focusing on the secco recitative. We will explore methods for preparation, musically and language-wise, as well as methods for achieving spontaneity and meaning through improvisation.
  • Performing arias and select ensembles with orchestra in the concert hall of the old Academy of Music in Stockholm
  • Performing opera scenes with piano in our studio theatre

The repertoire is selected depending on the students in the course. The repertoire will be discussed and decided in May 2020.

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

  • Patrik Sörling, stage director, assistant professor of stage movement
  • Giuseppina Penta, language coach, senior lecturer of Italian lyric diction
  • Martin Hellström, assistant professor of musical interpretation

Possible extra’s beside the module:

  • Seminars on aspects of opera as an artform and of the opera singer’s profession.
  • Seminars on performance psychology for singers

Number of teaching / production hours of the EOA module:

  • ca. 100 hours

Number of ECTs

  • 24

Entrance examination

We choose our EOA-students via recorded material. With the application we need recordings of sound and video.

Formats:

Sound: Wav or AIFF. Video: Mov or mp4

Description of the final Examination:

Students  are  assessed   continually   through   the   project   and   examined   through a presentation of Italian opera scenes.

Teaching language/ Required level of language:

Communication language: EN, level 5

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included / excluded in this price: Against Swedish legislation to charge for public higher education, except for students outside of EES

RIG 2. Baroque Opera Studio in Riga

Period of the EOA module in 2020-2021

  • August – December 2020
  • February – June 2021

Baroque opera studio – joint module in collaboration with Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Baroque opera production in collaboration with the orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga.

Repertoire – Jean Batiste Lully “Armide”, Claudio Monteverdi “Il ritorno d`Ulisse In Patria”

Collaboration with professional baroque orchestra

Maris Kupčs, Head of Early music department, Collegium Musicum Riga Teachers of LMTA.

Possible extras beside the module

Lessons of Rhetoric, Ornamentation, Vocal training, Baroque music interpretation training, Basso continuo, Baroque dance and gestures

Minimum and maximum number of students

  • 2-3 EOA students
    • Previous background in Baroque singing required

30 ECTs per semester

Application deadline and requirements

April 1, 2020

Application form Recordings (DVD, YouTube) Artistic CV

Description of the final examination

Public performance of baroque opera either in Bauska Castle or in one of Riga concert halls /churches

Total Expenses of the EOA module:

EUR 1360 p/semester (travel and subsistence not) Free for Erasmus + students and trainees.