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Major Role Preparation (MUSI90237)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90237
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students in this subject will undertake focused study of a large-scale operatic role suitable for their voice-type and stage of development. Students will receive weekly group coaching on a timetabled basis, consisting of lyric diction, style, interpretation and staging as if preparing for an audition at a major opera company. Students will gain historical knowledge of their chosen opera and role, and the history of its performance, including notable historical performers and performances.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate skills in stagecraft, style, vocal technique, and lyric diction commensurate to the achievement of a major operatic role;
  • research the origins and historical significance of key operatic roles;
  • evaluate and critique dramatic historical interpretations of operatic roles.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Short essay on the original historical context and significance of the opera and the role. (LO2)
  • 700 words
Week 315%
  • Short essay on the performance history of the role. (LO3)
  • 700 words
Week 1015%
  • 10-minute live performance of key excerpts of the role, with keyboard accompanist. (LO1)
  • 10 minutes
Week 720%
  • 20-minute live performance of key excerpts of the role, with keyboard accompanist. (May not include excerpts included in the 10-minute live performance assessment). End of semester, examination period. (LO1)
  • 20 minutes
During examination period50%

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019