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4-month Part-time Opera Course

4-Month Part-time Opera Course

This 4-month, 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

Course Outline

Classes include:

Group workshops in dramatic, musical and interpretive skills

Sessions with experienced opera repetiteurs and conductors

Opera scene rehearsals

Acting and Improvisation

Language coaching

Pilates and Alexander Technique

Audition Technique

Performance craft

Music coaching and vocal technique

Masterclasses with eminent Opera professionals

*please note all course content is subject to change.

Fees and Finance

Course Cost: £3,250.

Fees may be paid in instalments. The deposit for the course is 25% of the full fee (50% for overseas applicants). 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 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 ETO) • Martin Fitzpatrick (Head of Music ENO) • Jeremy Silver (Conductor, AHM NOS) • 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)

“I believe that the opera course offers young and aspiring singers valuable opportunities to connect with professionals, outside of the traditional music college environment. I keep returning because I think this environment is valuable and unique.”
Brad Cohen – Conductor & Artistic Director of West Australia Opera


Start Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018

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  • Tuesdays: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 – 18:00

Fee: £3,250

Finance: Interest free instalment plans available

Entry: Via audition / Overseas: Videos accepted

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