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Acting for Opera Performance 1 (MUSI90183)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90183
Semester 1
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This subject explores the holistic performance elements required by professional opera singers. Combining text analysis and movement principles, this subject is designed to build skills of dramatic interpretation and individual expression required for professional opera performance opera performance.

Students are encouraged to integrate imagination and physical skills with their vocal skills to develop characters and interpret text.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, student will have expanded and built upon specific skills necessary for high calibre, theatrical characterization in operatic performance through:

  • Developing an appreciation of the significance of text in the operatic art-form
  • Application of kinesthetic awareness exercises and movement skills (as opposed to vocal) to produce honest, theatrical characterization
  • Embarking upon analysis and discussion of scenes using selected existing play-scripts
  • Developing the capacity for autonomous analysis and interpretation of dramatic context, character and text/script, and to apply this knowledge to operatic performance
  • Developing collaborative skills necessary for the ensemble nature of the art-form

Generic skills

On completion of this course, students will be:

  • skilled in applying movement with the specific skills of character, text and scene analysis to produce excellent theatrical characterization and performance
  • able to demonstrate a high level of autonomy and resourcefulness in evaluation of dramatic context, character deconstruction and analysis, and interpretation of text/script in operatic performance by orally explaining their methodology.
  • creative in the application of self-directed learning generating high quality performance
  • able to demonstrate knowledge of the ethics and expectations of theatrical characterization in collaborative operatic performance

Last updated: 3 April 2019