SAS Opera Workshop: Fall 2019
Complete Opera Intensive Study 
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
Instructor: S.Anthony

This workshop features intensive study of one complete opera from the standard repertoire.  For the fall 2019,  the second complete opera will be Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. During this program, our focus will be to discover and develop the character of a complete role understanding and investigate your character and their part in the drama.  The participants will begin with sessions of pure music followed by staging. We 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, finally, the emotional and, at times, spiritual motivations of the characters.                                                                                                          


Roles: Gretel, Hansel, Mother, Witch, Father, Sandman, Dewfairy

During the workshops:

  • 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 

  • this opera will be  worked on musically and dramatically.

  • 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, the emotional and, at times, spiritual motivations of the characters.        

  • this 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.                                                                                                                                                  

This workshop will begin in September, 2019 and will meet every week for three hours. The workshop will be begin with three weeks of music rehearsals and then the opera will be concert -staged.  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:

  • the opera will be prepared in an English translation.

  • 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.                                                                                                                      

At the end of this workshop,  each participant will take part in a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni accompanied by a chamber orchestra.    


An audition is required for this workshop.

Age: 18+

The price of the workshop is $950.


Stephen Anthony

Stephen Anthony is a musicologist, conductor, director and author. Mr. Anthony has directed many fully staged operas including, Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème, and Cosi fan Tutte as well as Musicals such as Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Bernstein’s Candide.

Among the works he has conducted include Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 in D minor, Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Tosca, and Mozart's Don Giovanni.

At Arizona State University,  he taught classes on Opera, American Musical Theater, and Stephen Sondheim. Stephen studied Operatic and Symphonic conducting at The Julliard School of Music under the tutelage of the late Vincent La Selva.



Workshop Performances:

Saturday  and Sunday , 2019


Location TBA

Please Note:

The participants obligation is for the full time period of the workshop. All payments for workshops are non-refundable except in the event of a workshop cancellation.
If you need to cancel a workshop or workshop session, for any reason, you must notify us by email no later than one week before the workshop or workshops session is scheduled. If you discontinue any workshop before the ending date of the session, you forfeit the deposit amount. As our faculty are all working professional actors and musicians, SAS Performing Arts Studios reserved the right to change teachers at any time due to last minute changes in their professional schedules.                                                                                      Please see SAS Performing Arts Studios Payment Policies for additional information regarding cancellation policies.


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Radio City Station

New York, NY 10101-0567

Telephone: (646) 858-9918

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