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Students will undertake this subject to develop foundational knowledge, and isolate and cultivate the core skills, necessary for performing opera repertoire from either the baroque/classical periods, or the romantic/twentieth-century periods, depending on the cycle of repertoire selection for the course. This will include the development of:
- Strategies for singers to achieve foundational interactive voice, lyric diction and body work for stage productions;
-Strategies for repetiteurs to work at a foundational level to play keyboard parts and full orchestral scores in a spontaneous rehearsal context, and to learn how to negotiate complex ensemble interactions and dynamics in the rehearsal room.
To achieve these goals, students will work in group contexts to consolidate and develop:
- Foundation skills in vocal delivery and acting with appropriate stylistic approaches
- Foundation skills in the interactions between singing, speech, lyric diction and text appropriate to the demands of either baroque/classical, or romantic/twentieth-century operatic works
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate skill in:
- foundational capacity to perform a variety of operatic styles appropriate to the baroque/ classical or romantic/twentieth-century periods being investigated;
- foundational capacity to prepare and rehearse an operatic scene from baroque/ classical or romantic/twentieth-century repertoire;
- respond to instruction in improvisation using movement and voice at a foundational level;
- write phoneticisation in IPA of text relevant to the operatic repertoire being studied at a foundational level;
- coordinate basic vocal/physical warm-up exercises.
Last updated: 10 November 2019