What will you cover in the course?
The opera course is perfect for singers who want to improve their understanding of classical singing vocal technique and who want to explore methods of characterisation through music. You will be given a selection of opera choruses and duets/trios/quartets suitable to each participant's voice types, vocal and acting ability. A range of music will be covered, from Baroque to twentieth century operatic works in French, English, German and Italian. Language pronunciation training will be provided for all music covered in the course and a range of singing and drama activities will be included to help improve your singing and acting abilities. By the end the course, you will have gained a foundation in stagecraft, classical vocal technique and grown in confidence performing in an ensemble or as a soloist.
It's a joy to see people make social connections with one another in a music making environment and grow in confidence singing as individuals.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Helping people find their voice and become enthusiastic about singing. I love teaching because I think it's important for musicians to use the tools we have gained in our training to bring out creativity in others. It's a joy to see people make social connections with one another in a music making environment and grow in confidence singing as individuals. Most of all, I love working with a diverse group of people week on week - that's why I love working for City Academy in particular.
Do you have a favourite opera of your own?
One of my favourite operas is Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, because from beginning to end there are many complex character relationships. The plot lines interweave throughout, which can feel both chaotic and hilarious at the same time - it means there's always something new to watch and think about it. Action packed one might say! The music is lyrical and dramatic, which is both technically enjoyable to sing and to listen to. It's no surprise it's one of the most performed operas in the world!
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