Opera as Theatre
Opera As Theatre focuses on the artists’ acquisition and integration of essential music and theatre skills, necessary for every young professional singer, in order to prepare, rehearse, and perform successfully in a full-scale mainstage opera. Under the guidance of leading theatre and music pedagogues, artists will engage in an intense musical and dramatic investigation of a master work. They will learn and apply new ideas and approaches to acting and movement, while emphasizing the importance of body alignment, breath, diction, and speech in reliable and consistent opera performance practice.
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In 1949, senator Donald Cameron hired Ernesto Vinci of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto to teach singing in Banff, which attracted 28 students, an unexpectedly high number that surprised and pleased them both. more…