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Summer  2020

Puccini: Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Does operatic acting basically mean standing in one place while singing?  Could it also mean overacting because someone is, usually, singing in a foreign language?  Does it suggest an acting technique that is somehow different from acting in the spoken theater?  We believe that the answer is there should be no difference in the acting technique employed by the spoken actor or the singing actor. Opera will always mean beautiful singing but Opera is also drama,  a play that is set to music.


This program features intensive study of complete operas from the standard repertoire. During this program, our focus will be to allow the participants to discover and develop the character of a complete role, understanding how to sing recitative freely (if applicable), and investigating your character and their part in the drama.  The participants will begin with the music followed by complete blocking of the opera. We study the score and the text to find the relationship between the characters and how they relate to the drama, the time-period of the drama, as well as the composition and the emotional and /or spiritual motivations of the characters.


Our sessions will feature:

  • participants will work on a selected role.

  • coaching and rehearsal of assigned character (there is no teaching of vocal technique). 

  • language coaching for their assigned roles 

  • opera will be  worked on musically and dramatically.

  • opera will be performed in a workshop performance at the end of the session. 

  • enrollment is limited to give each participant the maximum time for study and preparation.                                                                                                                                                

Rehearsal and coaching are an integral part of the daily schedule of this program. Our faculty will guide the performers through the linguistic, dramatic, and musical styles, in addition to the technical vocal demands of each role that they have been assigned.  Each opera will have an assigned music director/rehearsal accompanist in addition to a stage director. Productions include limited technical assistance, including costumes, lighting, props, and set pieces. All participants are required to attend all sessions. During the later part of the sessions, the casts will rehearse separately. You are expected to arrive with a knowledge of the music as by the end of the workshop your part must be memorized and performance ready.    


All participants will:

  • Prepare their own translations of the texts

  • Research and be prepared to discuss the literary and historical background of the opera while paying special attention to their own character.

  • Explore their character's back story and emotional stability during the opera.

  • How does your character fit into the opera as a whole, study the score and the text to find the relationship between the characters and as they relate to the background of the drama, the time-period of the drama as well as the composition and the emotional and spiritual motivations of the characters.

  • Learn how to answer the questions of who, what, where, when, and why when it comes to your understanding of the text and learn how your actions and reactions are propelled by these answers.                                                                                                                           

In addition, each participant will take part in two additional concerts. On Saturday July 18 there will be an Aria recital and on Saturday July 25 we will celebrate the American Musical Theater.

At the end of the program, each participant will take part in a performance accompanied by a chamber orchestra or piano.


Summer Opera Workshop: $1,500.00 (Housing and meals not included).


Age: 18+     

An audition is required for these programs.

Auditions: December 7, 8 and 14, 2019

Audition fee: $30.00

For more information: (646) 858-9918




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P.O. Box 567

Radio City Station

New York, NY 10101-0567

Telephone: (646) 858-9918

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