Prepare for opera

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Hakan Vramsmo

Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.


What is the course about?

These ongoing workshops will introduce you to both operatic repertoire and the vocal skills and knowledge necessary to perform opera successfully. Through these classes you will discover how acting and communicating through the operatic medium affects your singing and you will gain an overview of operatic voice-types and their repertoire. Tutor: Håkan Vramsmo [external website]
Accompanist: Clive Pollard.

What will we cover?

- Vocal coaching and guidance on technique with reference to operatic repertoire
- Guidance on suitable repertoire for auditions and productions
- Performance technique and the art of communicating with an audience in the dramatic context
- The classification of voice types in opera.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Show improved listening skills and aural perceptiveness
- Perform studied arias and recitatives competently and from memory
- Demonstrate a greater knowledge of the operatic repertoire and its suitability
- Understand your ‘Fach’ (voice type) in an operatic context
- Show an understanding of the skills needed to perform operatic repertoire.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For this course you will need a solid vocal technique and experience preparing and performing repertoire at Grade 6 standard and above. An ability to read music is essential, however sight singing will not be required. To benefit fully from this class, you must be able to learn and present arias from memory on a regular basis and to arrive in class with repertoire already prepared. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

If you are new to City Lit singing classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class begins with a short vocal warm up and specific technical exercises. You may wish to book a practice room at City lit before your class if you need more time to warm-up than this lesson allows.
Each class follows a practical workshop format including experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress, allowing tutor and student interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Repertoire will be directed for the most part by the tutor and may be in a variety of languages. Please let the tutor (and accompanist) know in advance if you have specific repertoire you would like to sing in class.
There will be some demonstration and lecture.
You will need to allow time to practise and experiment with repertoire in order to present it in class already prepared.
A regular practice routine is essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a prepared aria to the first session which you can sing to the class. Further repertoire choices will be made in conjunction with your teacher. You will also need to source your own copies of the music you are singing during the course. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course comprises of 3 terms across the year after which you are encouraged to repeat this course as necessary to continue developing your knowledge, repertoire, performance skills and general technical ability.
When you are ready, you may also wish to consider ‘Singing: build a song recital’, ‘Opera Arias’ or ‘Opera Scenes’.


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That you need to be able to learn music independently and use the class to improve your performance.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/07/2019)
I just want to say a gigantic thank you to City lit for the great progress I have made over three last 2 years with my singing. My performances have improved considerably since I have attended this City Lit class for the past 2 years. The tutor has been extraordinary and has ensured that their students do exceptionally well and I have a lot to thank them for, their encouragement especially.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 02/07/2019)
Try it . Fun and safe. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
You will find a welcoming and supportive environment, with excellent and committed staff
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Review by Graham Hand / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
This is a great course if you are looking to be an Opera singer. Their are great voal techiniques which are touch by the tutor and the feedback for each performances that you do in class is very informative and in that way it helps you to achieve and do better each time. The class atmosphere is great too.
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Review by Maxine Gardner / (Posted on 31/03/2019)
This is a good course to practice performing to others. You will need to be able to prepare music at home.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
Don’t hesitate. This course will build your confidence in a safe a supportive environment. Great fun.
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Review by Dani / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Anyone with a decent voice and reasonable singing experience will benefit from this course, possibly supplemented by private lessons
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Do it ! great fun, helped me grow in confidence. Great class atmosphere, supportive tutor, safe environment to explore drama skills.
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Review by Dani / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
Be prepared with your aria mostly learnt by the time term starts.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2018)
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Course Code: MF337B

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Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £269.00
Senior fee: £269.00
Concession: £164.00

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