This 1-year, part-time Opera Course is designed to afford talented singers a period of intensive study. The course is designed for singers who demonstrate operatic potential but would benefit from working on the essential skills required to launch a successful career. The program aims to develop all-round performers. Over two days per week participants will work with top industry practitioners including repetiteurs, conductors, performers, language specialists, directors, acting coaches, vocal coaches and movement coaches.
Group workshops in dramatic, musical and interpretive skills
Sessions with experienced opera repetiteurs and conductors
Opera scene rehearsal and role-study
Acting and Improvisation
Pilates and Alexander Technique
Music coaching and vocal technique
Masterclasses with eminent Opera professionals
‘I believe that the Opera Course offers young and aspiring singers valuable opportunities to connect with professionals, outside of the traditional music college environment. The expertise we can share, coupled with the nurturing and challenging environment provided by Leontine Hass and her team, combine to stimulate and provoke singers as they prepare for the rigours of a performing career.’ Brad Cohen (Conductor)
*please note all course content is subject to change.
Fees and Finance
Course Cost: £6,250. Fees may be paid in instalments. The deposit for the course is 25% of the full fee.
(Overseas participants are required to pay a 50% deposit) In instances of financial difficulty we sometimes allow lengthy instalment plans.
The Associated Studios are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 21311. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Masters Conversion Option
A graduate student who is undertaking or has completed this one year course can apply for credits for prior learning on the MA Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford. Students would apply to Rose Bruford to receive an exemption for 30-60 credits of the Rose Bruford MA programme. Were this option to go ahead, Rose Bruford would organise research methodologies for them around the commitment to Associated Studios.
Guest Opera Coaches include:
James Conway (Artistic Director of Olivier Award winning English Touring Opera) • Jeremy Silver (Conductor, AHM NOS) • Martin Fitzpatrick (Head of Music ENO) • Janice Chapman (Vocal Coach and founding member of the BVA) • Rebecca Evans (Grammy Award Winning Soprano) • Olivia Fuchs (Director at ROH, ENO, Opera Holland Park) • Brad Cohen (Conductor at Opera Holland Park, RPO, BBC 2’s Maestro) • Giles Havergal (Director at Opera North, WNO, Scottish Opera) • Jonathan Hinden (Conductor and Senior Coach at Glyndebourne) • Mary King (Director of VoiceLab, Channel 4’s Operatunity) • Natalie Murray (Opera Coach, RCM, Jette Parker Programme, NOS) • Robin Norton-Hale (Director of Olivier Award Winning La Boheme for Opera Up Close) • Robin Newton (Conductor, Head of Music at Garsington Opera) • Jonathan Cohen (Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants) • Mandy Demetriou (Movement Director at ROH, ENO, Opera North) • Sophie Daneman (Internationally acclaimed Baroque Soprano) • Alessandro Talevi (Director at Opera North, Sadler’s Wells, Buxton Festival) • Brindley Sherratt (Internationally acclaimed Bass) • Andrew Watts (Internationally acclaimed Countertenor) • Justin Way (Head of Staff Directors at ROH) • Rory Bremner (Satirist and English Librettist for Scottish Opera) • Max Key (Opera Director) • Mary Hill (Repetiteur RAM/RCM) • Christopher Cowell (Opera Director) • Stuart Barker (Opera Director) • Norbert Meyn (Coach, Guildhall) • Philip Headlam (Opera Coach) • Robert Fried (Acting Coach/Director RADA) • Lawrence Cummings (Repetiteur/ Coach) • Roger Vignoles (Diapason d’Or Award Winning Pianist) • Iain Burnside (Grammy and Sony Radio Award Winning Pianist)
‘After completing my training in the U.S and pursuing a career in the UK, I found it difficult to make the relevant contacts in London to help further my career. The Associated Studios London have been immensely supportive in directing me along the right path to achieve this aim. From working with a widely diverse group of professionals, on a one to one basis and creating important relationships, essential in this business, has helped me enormously on this next stage of my development. I am forever grateful to the amazing and unique team at Associated Studios London, and am lucky enough to know that their endless support is only a phone call or email away!’
Jessica Costelloe -former student
‘Nothing could have prepared me for the sheer volume of talented performers, directors, conductors and tutors I worked with throughout my time on the Opera Course with Associated Studios London. I learned more about Baroque style and recitative from Lawrence Cummings in 6 hours than I had in my entire career prior to that. Highlights for me included the amazing drama workshop with Robert Fried and an aria session with Brad Cohen but I received so many pearls of wisdom from everyone who taught at the studio. I was greatly humbled by the care and dedication shown to me by Leontine and her lovely team. I was encouraged to try repertoire that I might not have chosen previously (which suited me beautifully) in a safe and fun environment where I was given the opportunity to experiment, play and make mistakes. I am also quite excited by the contacts that I’ve made during my time on the course and have already been hired to play Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Lyric Opera in Ireland in Feb 2014. I am incredibly grateful to have been awarded a scholarship to study with Associated Studios London, without which it would have been tremendously difficult for me to do so.’
Emma Walsh – former student
Start Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Finance: Interest free instalment plans available
Entry: Via audition / Overseas: Videos accepted
Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.
Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.
Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).
Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.
Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.
Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.
Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.