Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance) units of study

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Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance)

VSAO5603 Advanced Opera Performance Voice 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 13 one to one lessons/semester, 1 hr Opera Performance class/week plus 8 hrs of Performance Workshops and/or Masterclasses/semester Corequisites: VSA05613 Assessment: Teacher grade (100%). Two Performance Workshop performances (Pass/Fail)
This unit continues the development of singers' technical and performance ability in line with developing individual artistic sensibility towards that expected of professional performers. Singers will become increasingly aware of the inter-relationship of diction and poetic/dramatic aspects of repertoire with musical, performance and cultural context. Self-sufficiency in practice, repertoire learning and role choice, is expected. Emphasis in repertoire is given to the integration of vocal technique with character and role building, including stage movement, gesture, and the imaginative communication of narrative, emotion and meaning.
VSAO5604 Advanced Opera Performance Voice 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 13 one to one lessons/semester, 1 hr Opera Performance class/week plus 8 hrs of Performance Workshops and/or Masterclasses/semester Prerequisites: VSAO5603 Corequisites: VSAO5614 Assessment: Major opera role OR minor opera role/chorus and 30 min Jury exam including at least three contrasting operatic arias in the original language. (80%), Teacher assessment (10%) Program Notes (10%)
This unit continues the development of singers' technical and performance ability in line with developing individual artistic sensibility towards that expected of professional performers. Singers will become increasingly aware of the inter-relationship of diction and poetic/dramatic aspects of repertoire with musical, performance and cultural context. Self-sufficiency in practice, repertoire learning and role choice, is expected. Emphasis in repertoire is given to the integration of vocal technique with character and role building, including stage movement, gesture, and the imaginative communication of narrative, emotion and meaning.
VSAO5605 Advanced Opera Performance Voice 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 13 one to one lessons/semester, 1 hr Opera Performance class/week plus 8 hrs of Performance Workshops and/or Masterclasses/semester Prerequisites: VSAO5604 Corequisites: VSAO5615 Assessment: Two Performance Workshop performances. Teacher grade (100%).
Note: Note: Departmental permission required for enrolment in Semester 2.
This unit continues the development of singers' technical and performance ability in line with developing individual artistic sensibility towards that expected of professional performers. Singers will become increasingly aware of the inter-relationship of diction and poetic/dramatic aspects of repertoire with musical, performance and cultural context. Self-sufficiency in practice, repertoire learning and role choice, is expected. Emphasis in repertoire is given to the integration of vocal technique with character and role building, including stage movement, gesture, and the imaginative communication of narrative, emotion and meaning.
VSAO5606 Advanced Opera Performance Voice 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13 one to one lessons/semester, 1 hr Opera Performance class/week plus 8 hrs of Performance Workshops and/or Masterclasses/semester Prerequisites: VSAO5605 Corequisites: VSAO5616 Assessment: Major Role OR Public Recital of 40 mins (80%), Opera Performance Portfolio (20%)
This unit continues the development of singers' technical and performance ability in line with developing individual artistic sensibility towards that expected of professional performers. Singers will become increasingly aware of the inter-relationship of diction and poetic/dramatic aspects of repertoire with musical, performance and cultural context. Self-sufficiency in practice, repertoire learning and role choice, is expected. Emphasis in repertoire is given to the integration of vocal technique with character and role building, including stage movement, gesture, and the imaginative communication of narrative, emotion and meaning.
VSAO5633 Advanced Opera Repertoire 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: 12 x 2hr coaching, 12 x 2hr ensemble Assessment: Coaching teacher assessment (40%), Ensemble Class (40%), Repertoire book (20%)
Students work for one hour per week individually with a vocal coach and for two hours in ensemble class as scheduled, enabling them to explore and refine their learning of the repertoire prepared for aspects of coursework including mainstage productions, performances of solo and audition repertoire, masterclasses and internal and external concerts. These units impart to students the wide range of skills needed to successfully bring their participation in an opera production from the first day of music rehearsal to a successful performance outcome. Students continue to develop the skills to work effectively with coaches and repetiteurs, and to understand the function of coaching within an opera company, becoming in the process independent learners.
VSAO5634 Advanced Opera Repertoire 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 2 Classes: 12 x 2hr coaching, 12 x 2hr ensemble Prerequisites: VSAO5633 Assessment: Coaching teacher assessment (40%), Ensemble Class (40%), Repertoire book (20%)
Students work for one hour per week individually with a vocal coach and for two hours in ensemble class as scheduled, enabling them to explore and refine their learning of the repertoire prepared for aspects of coursework including mainstage productions, performances of solo and audition repertoire, masterclasses and internal and external concerts. These units impart to students the wide range of skills needed to successfully bring their participation in an opera production from the first day of music rehearsal to a successful performance outcome. Students continue to develop the skills to work effectively with coaches and repetiteurs, and to understand the function of coaching within an opera company, becoming in the process independent learners.
VSAO5635 Advanced Opera Repertoire 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: 12 x 2hr coaching, 12 x 2hr ensemble Prerequisites: VSAO5634 Assessment: Coaching teacher assessment (40%), Ensemble Class (40%), Repertoire book (20%)
Students work for one hour per week individually with a vocal coach and for two hours in ensemble class as scheduled, enabling them to explore and refine their learning of the repertoire prepared for aspects of coursework including mainstage productions, performances of solo and audition repertoire, masterclasses and internal and external concerts. These units impart to students the wide range of skills needed to successfully bring their participation in an opera production from the first day of music rehearsal to a successful performance outcome. As part of the final year of the Masters, students will undertake an independent project which documents aspects of opera training from each of the areas of study. Previous study in Advanced Opera Voice, Advanced Opera Repertoire, Advanced Opera Stage and Advanced Opera Diction has led towards the development of a personal template for the preparation of an operatic role. The Capstone Project (Opera Performance Portfolio) is an independent study which takes place over Semesters 1 and 2 and is assessed as part of Opera Repertoire 4.
VSAO5636 Advanced Opera Repertoire 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 2 Classes: 12 x 2hr coaching, 12 x 2hr ensemble Prerequisites: VSAO5635 Assessment: Coaching teacher assessment (30%), Ensemble Class (30%), Repertoire book (10%), Opera Performance Portfolio (30%)
Students work for one hour per week individually with a vocal coach and for two hours in ensemble class as scheduled, enabling them to explore and refine their learning of the repertoire prepared for aspects of coursework including mainstage productions, performances of solo and audition repertoire, masterclasses and internal and external concerts. These units impart to students the wide range of skills needed to successfully bring their participation in an opera production from the first day of music rehearsal to a successful performance outcome. As part of the final year of the Masters, students will undertake an independent project which documents aspects of opera training from each of the areas of study. Previous study in Advanced Opera Voice, Advanced Opera Repertoire, Advanced Opera Stage and Advanced Opera Diction has led towards the development of a personal template for the preparation of an operatic role. The Capstone Project (Opera Performance Portfolio) is an independent study which takes place over Semesters 1 and 2 and is assessed as part of Opera Repertoire 4.
VSAO5623 Advanced Opera Performance Stage 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan, Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: Acting 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes; Opera History 12x1 hr classes Assessment: Acting/Movement Practical Classes (50%); Reflective Journal (20%); Performance Assessment (30%)
This unit develops the primary communication tools of stagecraft, acting and movement as they apply to performing on the operatic stage. Surveying the major schools of acting, this unit develops and refines methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance, building the performer's role as expert and confident 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 these courses 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 Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance).
These skills are complemented by separate lectures in Opera History, which surveys the development of operatic style from the Florentine Camerata to contemporary Australian opera. NB: Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma (Opera) are exempt from Opera History. All new Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance) students are required to complete this component of the Unit of Study.
VSAO5624 Advanced Opera Performance Stage 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan; Stephen Mould Session: Semester 2 Classes: Stagecraft 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes; Theatre Studies 12x1 hr classes Prerequisites: VSAO5623 Assessment: Acting/Movement Practical Classes (50%); Reflective Journal (20%); Performance Assessment (30%)
This unit continues to develop the primary communication tools of stagecraft, acting and movement as they apply to performing on the operatic stage. Continuing to survey the major schools of acting, this unit develops and refines methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance, building the performer's role as expert and confident 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 these courses 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 Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance).
These skills are complemented by separate lectures in Theatre Studies, which contextualises the practical work of Opera Performance Stage 1 and 2 regarding the vocabulary, traditions and processes of theatre as a discipline. NB: Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma (Opera) are exempt from Theatre Studies. All new Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance) students are required to complete this component of the Unit of Study.
VSAO5625 Advanced Opera Performance Stage 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan, Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: Acting 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes Prerequisites: VSAO5624 Assessment: Acting/Movement Practical Classes (50%); Reflective Journal (20%); Performance Assessment (30%)
This unit continues to develop the primary communication tools of stagecraft, acting and movement as they apply to performing on the operatic stage. Continuing to survey the major schools of acting, this unit develops and refines methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance, building the performer's role as expert and confident 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 these courses 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 Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance).
VSAO5626 Advanced Opera Performance Stage 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan, Stephen Mould Session: Semester 2 Classes: Stagecraft 12x1 hr seminar/classes; Movement 12x1 hr classes Prerequisites: VSAO5625 Assessment: Stagecraft/Movement Practical Classes (50%); Reflective Journal (20%); Performance Assessment (30%) OR Opera Australia Developing Artist Project: Role Performance (100%)
This unit continues to develop the primary communication tools of stagecraft, acting and movement as they apply to performing on the operatic stage. Continuing to survey the major schools of acting, this unit develops and refines methodologies and strategies for establishing expert stage skills in opera performance, building the performer's role as expert and confident 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 these courses 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 Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance).
Opera Australia Developing Artist Project
This unique opportunity enables a select number of students in the final year of the Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance) to undertake a study role at Opera Australia. Students will be selected by Opera Australia music staff, and will undertake to learn a role currently being performed by OA. Rehearsals of the role at OA will be the focus of the students' study. The memorized role will be performed for assessment by SCM vocal staff at the end of the rehearsal period with OA.
VSAO5613 Advanced Opera Diction 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs German, 1.5hrs French/week Prerequisites: VSAO5612 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks: Continuous assessment (20%); examination (30%); recital (50%)
This unit develops student's ability to perform at a near professional standard through the applied study of the Italian, French and German language in relation to the operatic repertoire. The unit provides students with an introduction to lyric diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German which will enhance student's interpretative abilities through interaction with and synthesis of music and text in performance.
VSAO5614 Advanced Opera Diction 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs German, 1.5hrs French/week Prerequisites: VSAO5613 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks: Continuous assessment (20%); examination (30%); recital (50%)
This unit develops student's ability to perform at a near professional standard through the applied study of the Italian, French and German language in relation to the operatic repertoire. The unit provides students with further development of spoken and singing diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German which will enhance student's interpretative abilities through interaction with and synthesis of music and text in performance.
VSAO5615 Advanced Opera Diction 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs French, 1.5hr German/week Prerequisites: VSAO5614 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Seminar participation (20%), seminar presentation (30%), recital (50%)
The aim is to develop student's ability to perform at a professional standard by applying the highest standards of analytical/contextual knowledge to the process of performing Italian, French and German language in operatic repertoire. The unit provides the student with further development of spoken and singing diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German which will enhance student's interpretative abilities through interaction with and synthesis of music and text in performance.
VSAO5616 Advanced Opera Diction 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs French, 1.5 German/week Prerequisites: VSAO5615 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Seminar participation: (30%), seminar presentation (20%), recital (50%)
The aim is to develop student's ability to perform at a professional standard by applying the highest standards of analytical/contextual knowledge to the process of performing Italian, French and German language in operatic repertoire. The unit provides the student with further development of spoken and singing diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German which will enhance student's interpretative abilities through interaction with and synthesis of music and text in performance.