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.
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%)