Opera Performance Stage 1 (VSAO5621)


This unit provides a brief introduction to the primary communication tools of acting, movement and rehearsal/performance as they apply to the operatic stage. Briefly surveying the major schools of acting, it develops methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance. Skills in movement and movement style are facilitated by separate classes in dance. The unit is application based, allowing students to experiment with implementation of critical theoretical ideas in a performing environment.

Much of the work of this course is associated with rehearsal and performance of mainstage and chamber operas scheduled by SCM, in recognition of the crucial role these performances play in synthesizing the vocal, musical, linguistic, stylistic and dramatic threads undertaken in the Graduate Diploma.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Acting 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes; Opera History 12x1 hr classes


Acting/Movement Practical Classes (50%); Reflective Journal (20%); Performance Assessment (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.