Opera Department Classes
The Opera Department offers the following courses for singers (there are others for pianists and composers). They are listed in approximate order of the level to which each is aimed:
- Movement for the Stage
- Techniques for attaining intellectual and physical control to achieve
greater security and facility onstage in general, and to use movement as a
tool in characterization. Required for participants in any production who
have not already taken it.
- Acting for Opera
- An approach to dramatic characterization though the development of the
actor’s imagination and expressive range, with special emphasis on
the ensemble and projection techiques of the lyric stage. Required for
participants in any production who have not already taken it.
- Opera Styles and Traditions
- Musical performance practice in opera and musical theater. Topics will
rotate on a semester-by-semester basis to include such subjects as the
Fach system, operatic recitative, musical theater, and career
development. Enrollment by audition.
- Dramatic Text
- A more advanced acting course combining an intense improvisation
workshop with work in classical and modern spoken drama, and contrasting
the styles and techniques appropriate to each. Enrollment by audition.
- Professional Opera Coaching (POCP)
- Individual musical and dramatic coaching for advanced Voice students
seeking a career in opera. In regular weekly coachings, students may work
on preparing audition material, role study, or other professional needs
not covered by the regular courses and productions.
- Departmental Master Classes
- Classes taught by the entire faculty are offered at intervals throughout the year. These are required of POCP students, but open to others on a space-available basis, for performance, discussion, and experiment.
In addition to the above classes, a wide range of literature and repertoire courses are offered by the Voice faculty on a rotating basis. These include both a general survey of opera literature and special topics such as Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Strauss. Some specialist courses may also be offered by the Musicology Department.