Performance of an Operatic Role in a fully staged Opera Production

Name and place of institution

ESMAE: Superior School of Music and Performing Arts, Porto, Portugal.

Period of the EOA module in 2016-2017

Summer Semester: 24 April to 9 July 2017

(For postgraduates only; from the academic year 2017-2018 it will also be available within a Master’s level Erasmus exchange)

Description of the module

Production of a full Opera: La Donna di Gennio Volubile. This classical opera was written by the world-renowned Portuguese composer Marcos Portugal (1762-1830). This opera will be produced in collaboration with a professional theatre in Porto and with the ESMAE orchestra. EOA students will participate in this fully staged work and will receive specialized diction, vocal and acting coaching to prepare specific roles for this production. The opera libretto will be performed as originally written in Italian.

Specialty of this module in comparison with other courses in Europe

This module will make the student aware of the full team work that an opera production requires and it will make the singer aware of the interaction between all the different areas involved and required in an opera (implementation of the set design, costumes, light, production, staging, orchestra, etc.)

Possible extras in addition to the module

The students may attend one, or both, of these theoretical seminars on the subject of Opera and Performance:

1. Opera communication systems in history and in actuality: a sociological approach.

Seminar given by Prof. Dr. Mário Vieira de Carvalho – member of the Administrative Counsel of the European Music Theatre Academy and President of CESEM – Center of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies

2. The Psychology of Performance - The underlying psychology to the study of operatic roles and other issues in opera.

This Seminar will be given by Prof. Dr. Daniela Coimbra (PhD) - Professor on Psychology of Music, at ESMAE.

Besides that, Porto is a culturally interesting and beautiful city. Here you can profit from the musical and cultural activity at Casa da Musica, a very active cultural point in the city, as well as the Teatro Nacional de São João, Rivoli Theatre and the Coliseum of Porto.

Name of the Professors of this module

António Salgado, Rui Taveira, António Durães, Cláudia Marisa, Manuela Bronze, Helder Maia, Rui Damas, Regina Castro

Number of EOA students

Singers (Min.1 student / Max. 3 students)

Number of ECTS credits

Within Master’s accreditation: 30 ECTS

Within Post-Graduate Course’s accreditation: 30 ECTS

Duration of the Module

~ 3 months

Number of teaching/production hours of the EOA module

10 - 12 hours individual tuition

45 hours - group work

Entrance examination

Application deadline:

March 31st, 2017

Please include a link to a video recording and a CV in the application.

Description of the final examination

Public performance of the specific role in the fully staged opera production

Total expenses of the EOA module per student:

€ 2.000, 00

1) This module with another kind of opera is available within a Master´s level Erasmus exchange only from the academic year 2017/18 - application deadline: t.b.a. – not open yet

2) Prices are applicable for 2016-2017.

3) Prices do not include travel or living expenses.

Module type: Production
Academy of music: Porto
Period: summer

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