What is the course about?
In this masterclass-style course we will sing and study opera arias with a particular focus and concentration on beauty of tone and lyricism. There are 5 sessions over three weeks: Fridays 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov 18:15-21:15, Sundays 27 Oct & 3 Nov 13:30-16:30
NB All pieces presented in class must be thoroughly known (from memory), there will not be time to learn new repertoire in class time.
What will we cover?
We will concentrate on the Italian repertoire (this does not preclude bringing arias in other languages) and the repertoire can cover both Opera arias and Italian art song (no Lieder, Chanson, English song etc).
The main focus of the work will be singing legato and singing beautifully, but some attention will also be paid to clarity and understanding of text and interpretation. Students may bring arias which they are preparing for audition but will also be required to choose at least one piece from a list which will be provided. Students who are not preparing for an audition may choose from the list one or more pieces and/or bring their own choice. Pieces chosen by the student must be well within their technical ability in order that we can concentrate on the legato line.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you should be able to apply a beautiful sustained line with clarity of text to the pieces studied and be able to apply these principles to any piece you study in the future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for classical singers with at least 5 years' training, and experience of singing operatic arias, including in languages other than English. You need to be able to learn music quickly and independently and aim to perform from memory by the end of the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical workshop, including demonstration and feedback from the tutor, discussion, and peer critique.
You will be expected to practise regularly between classes, ideally at least an hour per day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring to the first class two hard copies of the relevant repertoire you are currently working on, or would like to study in this class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may progress to MF335B Opera arias in Term 2, then MF335C Opera scenes in Term 3
You may also be interested in Stagecraft for singers (MF398, MF399), Build a song recital (MF324A, MF324B, MF324C), or courses in Italian, French, German and other relevant courses in our extensive Languages department.