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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W24VSSC05A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The Xxoo色情片 Opera School caters to experienced singers with a strong foundation in classical technique who are eager to elevate their stagecraft and performance abilities while further enhancing their musical skills at an advanced level. This year, under the leadership of the Interim Senior Lecturer in Opera Studies, Panaretos Kyriatzidis, and the Senior Vocal Coach, Nicholas Bosworth, our dedicated team, comprising stage directors, language coaches, and movement instructors, collaborates each term to deliver a comprehensive training programme. Over the years, many of our alumni have followed a professional career in singing in opera houses such as the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, performed with opera companies such as the English Touring Opera, the Hampstead Garden Opera, the British Youth Opera a.o. and won in competitions such as the Voice of Black Opera Competition. Each term, the Xxoo色情片 Opera School students present a couple of fully-staged shows of ensemble opera scenes (ticketed performances). The shows this term will take place in the Johnny Harris Studio Theatre, Xxoo色情片 Waterloo on 13 December at 7.30pm and 14 December at 2pm 鈥 please see the 鈥楥lass Format and Activities鈥 section for company call times during the production week. Auditions for remaining places of study in the academic year 2024/25 will take in late June and early July 2024. There may be further auditions in early September subject to remaining places available, please contact opera@morleycollege.ac.uk to enquire about audition availability. For more information about the course and to apply for an audition, please visit our website: /courses/subject-areas/music/opera/

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop vocal performance and pronunciation skills through working with vocal coaches and language coaches
  • Develop stagecraft skills, such as movement and characterisation on stage through working with a stage director
  • Identify and address strengths and weaknesses in performance abilities
  • Experience working in a professional environment, adhering to international standards of discipline and custom, within a strict rehearsal schedule
  • Develop ability to follow a conductor

Class format and activities

The Xxoo色情片 Opera School is an intensive course spanning three terms within an academic year, culminating each term with public staged performances featuring a variety of opera scenes in Italian, German, French, and English. Each student is cast in at least two roles that suit their voice type and developmental stage. The course structure is as follows: - First 3-5 Weeks: Group and individual music and language sessions with vocal coaches and a specialist language coach. - Following 4-5 Weeks: Stage rehearsals with a stage director, while continuing music rehearsals. - Last 2 Weeks: Intensive stage rehearsals, final run-throughs, and dress rehearsals. Each term also includes masterclasses with renowned opera specialists such as Roderick Williams, David Gowland, Nicky Spence, Brenda Hurley, John Ramster, Mary King, and Yvonne Howard. Optional activities include a lunchtime concert of opera arias, movement and stagecraft workshops, and more. 2024/25 Staff includes: - Course Leader: Panaretos Kyriatzidis - Senior Vocal Coach: Nicholas Bosworth - Italian Language Coach: Matteo Dalle Fratte - German Language Coach: Johanna Mayr - French Language Coach: Darquise Bilodeau - Stage Directors: Ashley Dean and Will Kerley Schedule: - Wednesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Saturdays: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Attendance Requirements: Students must commit to no more than five absences per term and be available for final rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances on the following dates: - Technical & Dress Rehearsals: December 9, 10 & 11, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Show 1: December 13, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Performance at 7:30 PM) - Show 2: December 14, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Performance at 2:00 PM) Students are also expected to continue regular individual singing lessons to further develop their technique.

Entry requirements

This is an advanced course for students wishing to be able to perform opera at professional standard, and all of the students are required to participate in the end-of-term public performances. You are expected to: - Have developed your vocal technique at a fairly high standard, and commit to continue receiving regular singing tuition in addition to your studies at the college (the college does not offer individual singing tuition). The Head of Opera and Senior Vocal Coach are willing to offer guidance and support in choosing a suitable vocal tutor. - Commit to no more than 5 absences per term, and to all the dress rehearsal and performance dates, as provided by the Head of Opera upon offer of a place at the Opera School. - Commit to regular practice of the music, translation and background research on the assigned repertoire. - Be responsible for a positive and collaborative approach to the rehearsal and production process - Some previous stage experience, and understanding of pronunciation rules in Italian, German and French are desirable. Entry to the course is via audition. To apply, please download and complete the form found on our webpage (www.morleycollege.ac.uk/morley-opera-school) and e-mail it to opera@morleycollege.ac.uk. We will then contact you to arrange an audition, for which you need to prepare 2 arias of your choice. In special circumstances where a live audition is not possible, we also accept online applications accompanied by 2 recent unedited video recordings of your chosen arias. Please send along the completed application form together with private unlisted YouTube video links to opera@morleycollege.ac.uk. We will then contact you to arrange a short online interview.

What you need to know before you enrol

Please check the 'Entry Requirements' and visit our webpage /courses/subject-areas/music/opera/ for more information about opera at Xxoo色情片.

What you need

Music scores (provided by the college) Note-taking equipment. Comfortable clothes for movement sessions.

What you can do next

Depending upon vocal technical assuredness, students should investigate full-time study in one of the major conservatoires. Students, who have a great deal of experience and a secure vocal technique, could consider entry into the profession. The course may be usefully repeated for more than three terms.