New and Returning Students: Two contrasting arias. New students may offer one aria and a contrasting song. At the time of your audition you will be asked to indicate the class(es) for which you would like to be considered. Please arrive for your audition 15 minutes early.
A performance class that introduces voice majors to opera, this class stresses vocal and stage styles of various periods through performances of operatic scenes. Students are introduced to audition practices, secco recitative study and theatrical work to supplement Fundamentals for the Singing Actor. Additionally, class members meet weekly in a master class for the combined opera workshop classes. Public performance each semester in workshop format. Sophomore standing and successful completion of APP 204/205 Stage Basics/Fundamentals for the Singing Actor required.
A performance class designed for advanced singers, each of its two divisions meets twice weekly for preparation of operatic scenes in the original language. Other material covered continues to explore audition practices, secco recitative study and theatrical work. Additionally, both divisions meet weekly in a master class for the combined opera workshop classes. Public performance each semester in workshop format. Junior standing and successful completion of APP 204/205 Stage Basics/Fundamentals for the Singing Actor required.
Fall only. Performance of a fully staged and costumed production with piano and conductor. The production this fall will be La Calisto by Cavalli. This class has already been cast.
Spring only. The Opera Program produces a fully staged opera with orchestra, guest scenic and costume designers, and international guest conductors. The spring production serves as a vital performance experience and showcase for all participants.Recent productions include Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress conducted by Bruno Ferrandis and Cosi fan tutte conducted by Giuseppe Finzi, principal conductor for the San Francisco Opera.
Repertoire for the spring Opera Theatre production to be determined following the auditions in August and call-backs in September.
Fall only. Introduces singers to the many facets of stage direction for opera. Students perform in and direct opera scenes. Investigates how a stage director prepares and executes an opera scene and provides a unique and valuable perspective for performing artists. Completion of a minimum of one semester of Opera Workshop at SFCM.
The class will prepare and present one-act operas, or entire acts of operas in a workshop setting. The course will give participants the tools to learn how to prepare an entire opera role. Class members also meet weekly in a class for the combined opera workshop classes. Public performance each semester. Repertoire to be determined following the auditions. One semester of Opera Workshop required.