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This practicum is the third of a suite of four 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 represents the third stage of development.
Students undertaking this subject will work on a large-scale 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 either vocational placement in a professional opera company or 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.
Through either vocational placement in a professional opera company or an in-house University production, repetiteur students will strengthen and consolidate their skills in conducting, coaching and managing, as well as their knowledge and understandings of the rehearsal process, as applicable to all aspects of the repetiteurs' craft.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students will:
- demonstrate professional understanding of appropriate stylistic vocal performance;
- for the singer, demonstrate professional stagecraft skills, and for the repetiteur, understand relevant aspects of vocal score playing related to orchestral reductions;
- apply the appropriate professional principles of practice within an opera production context;
- demonstrate a professional 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 professional written capacity for critical, reflective and evaluative insight into the rehearsal and performance process.
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- demonstrate skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical / analytical criteria to practical outcomes;
- demonstrate analytical skills in the context of artistic performance;
- plan effectively to meet rehearsal and performance deadlines.
Last updated: 5 June 2020