SAS OPERA STUDIO:
"combine the art of living a role with its musical form and the technique of singing"
January 24 - April 23, 2023
Does operatic acting mean you stand in one place while singing? Could it also involve overacting because you are singing in a foreign language while struggling to get the text across to the audience? Does it suggest an acting technique that is different from spoken theater?
Opera means beautiful singing, but Opera, by definition, is a play set to music. There should be no difference in the acting technique employed by the spoken actor or by the singing actor. The iconic Constantin Stanislavski believed Opera singers should "combine the art of living a role with its musical form and the technique of singing."
The SAS Opera Studio offers a performance-driven workshop, ROLE (Repertory Onstage Learning Experience), designed for the aspiring professional opera singer who aims to become a complete artist. These workshops aim to lay the foundation of the singing actor's craft. It features exercises and techniques to help you prepare to enter the mind and body of a character, develop the character through the historical and musical setting of the work, understand recitative (if applicable), and analyze the text as you prepare roles from the standard operatic repertory.
At the conclusion, you should be able to answer your character's Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Once you learn to answer these questions, you can open your mind to an understanding of the text and how these answers propel your character's actions and reactions.
Each workshop will study the musical score and text to find the relationship between characters and their relationship to the drama, the time period of the drama, the composition, and the characters' emotional and/or spiritual motivations. Our focus will be to allow the participants to discover and develop a complete role's character, understand how to sing recitative freely, and investigate their character and part in the drama. Our staff will guide the performers through the assigned roles' linguistic, dramatic, and musical styles.
Performance venues will include The National Opera Center NYC and other studios and performances in New York City.
Participants are considered for performance opportunities in our Concert Opera programs.
The Role Spring Workshop is 12 weeks from January 24, 2023 – April 23, 2023. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in New York City. Repertoire to be chosen depending on the participants.
The repertoire is carefully selected based on your voice type, experience level, and the approval of your voice teacher. IMPORTANT: THERE IS NO TEACHING OF VOCAL TECHNIQUE.
This program includes:
role preparation, including:
language and diction
translation of text
research the literary and musical styles
the correct singing of recitatives (if applicable)
improvisation and acting for singers
dramatic role preparation, learning how to live your character.
Participants are also considered for performance opportunities in our Concert Opera programs
Faculty members including a collaborative pianist, language coach, and stage director will guide the participants through the linguistic, dramatic, musical style, and vocal demands of each role that they are to prepare. All participants will also receive private coaching. Rehearsal and coaching are an integral part of this program.
The final decision of scenes will be based on the singers who are accepted into the program.
At the end of the program, participants will perform in a public performance.
Enrollment is limited to 15-20 singers to give each participant the maximum time for study and preparation.
Faculty will include Founder, Artistic Director, and Coach Stephen Scovasso who will be offering acting sessions and character development. Former Metropolitan Opera star Dr. Isola Jones, Metropolitan Opera and international Mezzo-Soprano KS Tichina Vaughn, and lyric Soprano/ Artists Manager Deborah Surdi will hold Masterclasses. Additional faculty to be announced.
The tuition is $900.00
Classes will begin January 24, 2023.
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 - 8:00pm
What you will receive:
12 weeks of classes on Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 - 8:00pm
Workshop performance at the end of the program
Be considered for roles or covers in the SAS Concert Opera Program season.
Age requirement: 18+
Video or audio excerpts are required for consideration.
Application closes December 30, 2022.
For more information: (646) 858-9918
The participant's obligation is for the full period of the workshop.
If you need to miss a workshop session, for any reason, you must notify us by email no later than 24 hour before the 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.
Our faculty has includes Collaborative Pianist and Coach Mary Pinto, Former Vice President of Artists nad Repetory at RCA and BMG records and soprano Deborah Surdi, international mezzo soprano KS Tichina Vaughn, SAS Founder and Artistic Director Stephen Scovasso