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Students in the Introduction to Opera, Opera Workshop, and Opera Seminar are encouraged to participate as cast or crew in the department productions for the Hall Auditorium stage. However, these productions are cast and staffed on the basis of open auditions and interviews, and all students in the Conservatory and College are welcome to participate in them.
202, 203. Introduction to Opera: Performing Techniques 2-3 hours
A two-semester course in the fundamentals of acting for the singer, emphasizing techniques of body movement through exercise and pantomimes; preparation and performance of opera scenes which stress ensemble work. Open to singers and to pianists interested in accompanying opera; sophomore status required. Prerequisites: OPTH 202 is prerequisite to OPTH 203. (An equivalent introductory acting course may be substituted for OPTH 202 as a prerequisite to OPTH 203.) Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 1 OPTH-202-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Vaughan
Sem 2 OPTH-203-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Vaughan
304. Production Project: Stage Management 2 hours
Serving as assistant stage manager for a major Opera Theater production. Notes: May be repeated for credit. CR/NE grading. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment
Limit:
4.
Sem 1 OPTH-304-01 To be arranged Ms. Vaughan
Sem 2 OPTH-304-01 To be arranged Ms. Vaughan
305. Opera Workshop 3 hours
A continuation of OPTH 202, 203. Emphasis is placed on eighteenth-century period style, acting techniques unique to opera, and recitative; requirements include preparation and performance of opera scenes. Prerequisites: OPTH 203. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 OPTH-305-01 TuTh 1:00-2:50 Mr. Field
306. Opera Workshop 3 hours
A continuation of OPTH 202, 203. Emphasis is placed on nineteenth- and twentieth-century period styles, acting techniques unique to opera, and spoken dialogue; requirements include preparation and performance of opera scenes. Prerequisites: OPTH 203. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 2 OPTH-306-01 TuTh 1:00-2:50 Mr. Field
400. Performance Project 2 hours
Public performance of a major role with the Opera Theater or musical and dramatic preparation of an operatic role, selected by the instructor with the approval of the voice teacher. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 OPTH-400-01 To be arranged Mr. Field
Sem 2 OPTH-400-01 To be arranged Mr. Field
404. Seminar in Opera 3 hours
A continuation of OPTH 305, 306. Advanced work in role preparation, including individual class presentations of research projects on selected operas, audition techniques, preparation and performance of opera scenes. Emphasis is placed on becoming familiar with operas in the standard repertory and selected contemporary works. Prerequisites: OPTH 305, 306. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 5.
Sem 1 OPTH-404-01 MW 1:30-3:20 Mr. Field
405. Seminar in Opera 3 hours
A continuation of OPTH 305, 306. Advanced work in role preparation, including individual class presentations of research projects on selected operas, audition techniques, preparation and performance of opera scenes; acting in a foreign language. Emphasis is placed on becoming familiar with operas in the standard repertory and selected contemporary works. Prerequisites: OPTH 305, 306. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 5.
Sem 2 OPTH-405-01 MW 1:30-3:20 Mr. Field
406, 407. Seminar in Directing 3 hours
A study of the steps in mounting a production, from title selection through use of scenery, lights, and costumes to performance; discussion of major historical figures in the development of opera stage direction; projects in directing. Prerequisites: OPTH 305, 306. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 4.
Sem 1 OPTH-406-01 F 1:30-2:20 Mr. Field
Sem 2 OPTH-407-01 F 1:30-2:20 Mr. Field
500, 501. Advanced Seminar in Opera 3 hours
Advanced study in role development, performance practice, and professional development,
including research and repeated public performances. Off-campus performances will be scheduled. Prerequisites: OPTH 404, 405. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 4. Open only to fifth-year students, special students, and candidates for the Artist Diploma.
Sem 1 OPTH-500-01 To be arranged Mr. Field
Sem 2 OPTH-501-01 To be arranged Mr. Field
502, 503. Research Project in Opera 3 hours
An advanced project of directed research into an opera (its sources, period, libretto, and composer) culminating in a major paper. Includes preparation for the comprehensive examination required of master's degree candidates. Prerequisites: OPTH 305, 306. Completion of OPTH 404, 405 recommended. Concurrent enrollment in OPTH 404, 405, subject to approval of instructor. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 4. Priority is given to candidates for the master's degree in Opera Theater.
Sem 1 OPTH-502-01 To be arranged Mr. Field
Sem 2 OPTH-503-01 To be arranged Mr. Field

 

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