City Lit Opera School provides training for those interested in applying for entry to conservatoires or for entering the profession. Participants come with a range of backgrounds and experiences; those moving from an undergraduate course and wanting time to consolidate skills before the next stage in their careers, people who have had a break and want to get back into performing and people who just want to chance to explore their potential.
The course involves vocal production sessions, stage-craft, language coaching and production sessions. Typically, these lead to a workshop performance of scenes at the end of terms one and two. In term three either longer scenes or a full production is mounted, thus ensuring that all participants have the opportunity of singing a more substantial role. After the final production at City Lit we usually tour to the Maldon Festival in Essex, which provides the opportunity to perform with orchestra.
2017/18 academic year
The course runs Mondays & Fridays, 18:00–21:30, at City Lit in Covent Garden.
Module 1 includes improvisation, how to sing recitative (concentrating in this term on recitative in English), how to work in ensembles (musically and on stage), production of scenes (to include recitative and ensemble work in English). The scenes will involve textual work and improvisation before the actual blocking so that the character and the production grow naturally and easily.
Course dates: 25 Sep–8 Dec (breaks 30 Oct, 3 Nov)
Technical/Dress rehearsals & performances: 11–14 Dec 2017
Module 2 builds on the work covered in module 1, the recitative sessions will explore singing recitative in foreign languages. This will involve singing in languages other than English, depending on the repertoire. The ensembles likewise, will be larger and more complicated, sung in original languages. Again there will be a workshop performance of scenes studied throughout the term.
Course dates: 15 Jan–23 Mar 2018 (no break)
Technical/Dress rehearsals & performances: 25–28 Mar 2018
Module 3 draws on the skills developed during the year and leads to a larger production. It may be possible to join for Module 3, depending on your skills and previous experience. We will sing in languages(s) relevant to the chosen repertoire.
Course dates: 23 April–6 July 2018 (breaks 28 May, 1 June)
Technical/Dress rehearsals & performances: 8–11 July