Opera Performance Stage 2 (VSAO5622)


This unit continues an introduction to the primary communication tools of stagecraft, movement and rehearsal/performance as they apply to performing on the operatic stage. It further develops methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance, building the performer's role as expert communicator. 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.

These skills are complemented by separate lectures in Theatre Studies, which contextualises the practical work of Opera Performance Stage 1 and 2. Theatre Studies introduces performers to an understanding of the vocabulary, traditions, processes and mechanisms of opera production, and reinforces concepts of theatre as a discipline and profess.

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Stagecraft 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes; Theatre Studies 12x1 hr classes


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

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