SAS Opera Studio
Opera: Act by Act
January  22 - April 19, 2020
New York City
December 7 and 8, 2019


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.


SAS Opera Studio presents Opera: Act by Act, a 12 week young artists' workshop which will meet Wednesday and Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:30pm from January 22 - April 19, 2020 in New York City. This program is intended to lay the foundation of the singing actor's craft and features exercises and techniques to help you prepare to enter the mind and body of a character and to explore and develop the character of a role through the historic and musical setting of the work, understanding recitative (if applicable), and analyzing the text as you prepare scenes from the standard operatic repertory.

By the end of this program, you should be able to answer the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of your character.

Rehearsal and coaching are an integral part of this program. Our staff 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.  Every participant will get a private coaching on their assigned roles. Each excerpt will have an assigned music director/rehearsal accompanist in addition to a stage director. 

The repertoire, which will consist of excerpts and complete acts, under consideration is as follows:


Gounod: Faust Act 3 “Garden Scene"

Verdi: Rigoletto Act 3 "Final act"

Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Act 2

Verdi: La Traviata Act 2 scene 1

Puccini: La Bohème Act 1

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Act 1 scene 2

Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel Act 2 “Witch’s House”


Our final decision will be based on the singers who are accepted to the program

In addition, each participant will take part in the following master classes: 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2:00pm Metropolitan Opera personalities Isola Jones and Tichina Vaughn will present a joint class and on Saturday March 21, 2020 2:30pm International Soprano and Teacher Virginia Grasso will offer a Master Class on the art of Bel Canto. You must be a participant in this program to be part of these master classes.

Staff will also include New York City based Music Director and Coach Jon Audric Nelson and Director Stephen Anthony.

Participants will also work with stage, television, and film actor, Jimonn Cole, who will offer acting sessions and character development and international Spinto Soprano Rosa D'Imperio will coach singers on interpretation.

Participants will present their scenes in a public performance on April 18 and April 19, 2020.

















This twelve (12) week program includes:

  • Coaching and rehearsal of assigned repertoire (carefully selected based on your voice type and experience level)

  • Intensive study (with piano) where: 

    • role preparation

    • language and diction

    • the correct singing of recitatives (if applicable)

    • improvisation and acting for singers

    • stage deportment      

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.                                                                                      

Our programs will benefit all performers, regardless of their level of expertise.

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

The tuition is $950.00 for the twelve (12) week program.

Age requirement: 18+

An on-site audition, video, or audio is required for consideration.

Auditions will be held on December 7, 8, 2019.

Location: 244 Studios 244 West 54th St 10th Fl  NYC, NY 10019

Audition fee: $25.00

Scholarships are available for full or part of the program cost.

Please CLICK HERE for our financial aid application.

For more information: (646) 858-9918.

The SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios, Inc.

P.O. Box 567

Radio City Station

New York, NY 10101-0567

Telephone: (646) 858-9918

© 2018 SAS Performing Arts Company and Studio, Inc.

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