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Call for Application: The Banff Centre Opera as Theatre Program

The Banff Centre: Opera as Theatre

Canada’s Premier Opera Training Program

Program dates: July 2 – August 19, 2012
Application deadline: November 14, 2011

Faculty
Kelly Robinson
– Program director,
David Agler
– Music director/conductor,
Other faculty to be named

“The focus on the stage craft, challenging music, and superb faculty enhanced my passion for performance and confirmed my love for opera.”
Michelle Minke, 2011 participant

The Opera as Theatre program is designed to give emerging and established opera singers the opportunity to train with leading professionals and pedagogues in the field, while preparing roles within a professional production environment. The program is rigorous and rewarding, operating on a six-day work week with classes scheduled in the morning and staging rehearsals and coachings in the afternoon and evening. Both productions feature original physical productions and are accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra. Classes include stage combat, diction, viewpoints, improvisation, yoga, dance, spoken word, and musical theatre.

More information on applications and auditions

2012 Productions

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Secret Garden
Music by Stephen McNeff
Libretto by Joan MacLeod (adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

For more information, please visit: The Banff Centre

 

About Opera as Theatre

The Opera as Theatre program is designed to give emerging and established opera singers the opportunity to train with leading professionals and pedagogues in the field, while preparing roles within a professional production environment. The program is rigorous and rewarding, operating on a six-day work week with classes scheduled in the morning and staging rehearsals and coachings in the afternoon and evening. Both productions feature original physical productions and are accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra. Classes include stage combat, diction, viewpoints, improvisation, yoga, dance, spoken word, and musical theatre.

Opera as Theatre participants will be assigned principal roles, understudies, and chorus, and will receive one-on-one and group mentoring in acting, movement, and voice, as well as opportunities for vocal master classes.

The program delivers:

  • Studies in the interpretive dramatic arts (characterization, simultaneous “script” and score study)
  • Daily access to master coaches and mentors from the national and international opera, theatre, and music communities
  • Daily classes that emphasize body alignment, breath, speech, and movement

Performance opportunities:

  • A mainstage opera in original productions (sets, costumes, props) accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra
  • A second stage opera accompanied by Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Cabaret
  • Vocal chamber music
  • Vocal recitals
  • Community concerts
November 14, 2011