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This practicum is the start of a suite of subjects that focus on different productions, in different languages, which take place in a range of contexts. While the assessments are necessarily very similar across all 4 practicums, each will vary according to the demands of the practical work undertaken and the student’s place in the sequence. This practicum representing the foundational experience.
Students undertaking this subject will work on a practical project, through rehearsals and culminating in a performance, in order to develop, consolidate and apply the individual skills required for an opera production.
Through involvement with an opera production through an in-house University production, vocal students will strengthen and consolidate a breadth of skills and knowledge regarding stylistic vocal delivery, stagecraft and movement training, role development and characterisation, and ensemble work. Students will receive the technical and artistic training to cope with all interpretive demands of the production.
Through involvement with an opera production through an in-house University production, repetiteur students will strengthen and consolidate their skills in orchestral reduction and vocal score realisation, as well as their knowledge and understandings of the rehearsal process, as applicable to all aspects of the repetiteurs' craft. Students will receive the technical and artistic training to cope with all interpretive demands of the production.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students will:
- demonstrate foundational understanding of appropriate stylistic vocal performance;
- for the singer, demonstrate foundational stagecraft skills, and for the repetiteur, understand relevant aspects of vocal score playing related to orchestral reductions;
- apply the appropriate foundational principles of practice within an opera production context;
- demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the historical and stylistic conventions, correct lyric diction and interpretative framework of the opera constituting the work performed during the study period;
- demonstrate foundational written capacity for critical, reflective and evaluative insight into the rehearsal and performance process.
- demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- demonstrate skills in achieving practical outcomes;
- demonstrate analytical skills in the context of artistic performance;
- plan effectively to meet rehearsal and performance deadlines.
Last updated: 5 June 2020