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4 Month Opera Course – Foundation (Part-time)

Applications Open for 2018!

4 Month Opera Course – Foundation (Part-time)

15th April 2018 – 31st July 2018

Sundays 1pm – 8pm

Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings 6.30pm – 9.30pm

(Half-Term Break Sunday 3rd June 2018)

Fee: £2,590


Audition Information:

Entry is via audition only. Auditions are held throughout the year. We also run one-day workshop auditions.

Please prepare two contrasting arias, one of which should be in English, the other either Italian or French.

Individual audition fee: £40 (non-refundable)/ Workshop auditions: £40.

E-mail info@associatedstudios.co.uk or call 020 7385 2038

About the course:

This Foundation course focuses on developing the performer’s vocal skills, while at the same time developing an increased awareness of text and physicality, all three of which are essential in creating a powerful dramatic performance.

This course is for singers who want to develop the skills learned in their teacher’s studio into more theatrically oriented skills. Singers will already have completed several years of vocal study, but not yet feel ready for a full blown opera course. During the course you will work with some of the country’s best vocal coaches, directors, language coaches, choreographers, repetiteurs and conductors.

This course will give you an invaluable insight into the demands, challenges and rewards of opera and will provide an ideal basis for further study.

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Course Outline

  • Classes include:
  • Group workshops in dramatic, musical and interpretive skills
  • Sessions with experienced opera repetiteurs and conductors
  • Opera scene rehearsal and role-study
  • Acting and Improvisation, with emphasis on text
  • Language coaching
  • Alexander Technique
  • Audition Technique
  • Performance craft
  • Music coaching and vocal technique


The course leaders are Associated Studios Principal and renowned vocal coach Leontine Hass, widely experienced coach and repetiteur Mary Hill and internationally respected director William Relton.

Who should apply:

  • Classically trained singers wishing to develop their Opera performing skills
  • Singers from other disciplines who are considering moving into Opera
  • Performers keen to audition for our full-time diplomas who need time to improve their skills

Our courses are about individual journeys and the opportunity to expand and develop your skills. Our 4 Month Foundation Opera course is designed to allow less experienced performers to develop their skills while fitting their training around a normal working life. This course is a chance to build the foundations required in order to move on to further training. We offer training at the highest levels, and focus on allowing performers to develop in accordance with their needs. Applicants must be over 18 to apply, and we welcome international applicants.

Fees and Finance:

  • Course Cost: £2,590
  • Following acceptance of an offer to join the course, the deposit for the course is 25% of the full fee (50% for overseas students)

All Course fees may be paid in instalments. In instances of financial difficulty we sometimes allow lengthy instalment plans.

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.

How to Apply:

We are auditioning on a monthly basis.

Performers interested in applying should apply by submitting the form on the right or send their current performing CV and headshot (or short bio covering performances) to info@associatedstudios.co.uk or call us on 020 7385 2038.

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 18. There is a £30 non-refundable application fee. This applies to all applicants and covers the cost of the panel, venue and accompanist.

Overseas Applicants We welcome international applicants. If you are unable to attend an audition, your application should also include a DVD or demo tape of at least two contrasting songs, and nominate two industry members of standing to support your application.  The Associated Studios London are unable to assist with any visa or migration related issues. To verify you fulfil the criteria to enter the UK, please check with the UKBA.

There is a £30 audition fee to cover the cost of the panel and accompanist. The fee must be paid in advance of your audition to complete your application. You will then be contacted with a choice of audition dates.

Please note that this fee is non refundable.



Date: April 15, 2018

Duration: 4 months

Days/Times: Sundays, Tuesdays – Wednesdays

Fee: £2,590

Attendance: Part-time

Address: Associated Studios, The Hub @ St Alban’s Fulham, 2 Margravine Road, London W6 8HJ

Phone: 020 7385 2038

Email: info@associatedstudios.co.uk

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

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.