Creating Pathways for Australian Opera Singers.
As part of its commitment to providing career pathways for Australian operatic talent, State Opera has established an annual Summer Opera Academy. Running full time over two weeks in February 2021, the Academy provides a dedicated opportunity for emerging artists from across the country to experience an intensive professional development with some of Australia’s finest coaches and educators. The program is intended for singers who are already undertaking advanced studies or have recently completed formal training.
The highly selective Summer Opera Academy is an opera development program providing practical professional instruction to emerging artists with a view to creating sustainable careers.
Confirmed faculty for the Academy include:
Anthony Hunt – Head of Music, State Opera South Australia
Stuart Maunder – Artistic Director, State Opera South Australia
Nicholas Cannon – Director (SA)
Jennifer Marten-Smith – Coach (TAS)
Sharolyn Kimmorley – Coach (NSW)
Donna Balson – Coach (NSW)
Teresa Desmarchelier – Language Coach (QLD)
Tahu Matheson – Head of Music, Opera Australia
The Academy program will be tailored to the specific requirements of each singer, but all attendees can expect:
- Daily individual coaching sessions on repertoire and opera scenes
- Workshops on movement, vocal health, auditions, and other aspects of the industry
- Daily language and staging intensives based on repertoire
- Scene rehearsals
- Observation of rehearsals for Adelaide Festival’s opera production of A Midsummer Nights’ Dream directed by Neil Armfield
As well as a comprehensive fortnight of professional development, attendees will also have to opportunity to perform several times in front of an audience, including:
Two public masterclasses, a recital at renowned concert venue Ukaria Cultural Centre, and performances of opera scenes at the State Opera Studio in Netley.
WEEK 1 commencing Monday 15 February
10am-5pm daily, with some evenings
Repertoire, languages and coaching
WEEK 2 commencing Monday 22 February
Opera scenes & coaching
The program is intended for opera singers who are undertaking advanced studies or have recently completed formal training.
Indicative age range: 20-35 years of age.
Exceptional candidates outside of this range may be considered.
Monday 2 November 2020 – Open for Applications
Monday 7 December 2020 – Applications Close
Friday 18 December 2020 – Successful participants advised
Monday 1 February 2021 – Final payment due
- Complete the application form and attach requested files:
- CV and headshot
- Video of Aria
- Personal Statement & Goals
- Submit the application fee online
- All applicants will be acknowledged within dates outlined above
Applicants are invited to submit a brief statement outlining their current goals and what they would like to achieve out of their time at the Academy. In addition, singers are asked to include a list of roles they are currently preparing, for which they wish to receive coaching.
This submission may be used to inform scene selection as part of week 2 of the Academy.
Applicants are invited to audition via recording.
You will be invited to submit a recent recording of an aria, of no more than five minutes in duration when submitting your application form.
Video links (YouTube, Vimeo, WeTransfer, etc.) are preferred but audio will also be accepted. Submissions do not need to be of professional recording quality.
Performances should be no more than 12 months old and should demonstrate dramatic skills.
$ 975.00 course fee
Financial assistance with Academy tuition fees is available on application. Please include a brief letter of request at the time of your online application.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
Successful applicants from outside metropolitan South Australia are welcome to apply for a travel scholarship of $1,500.00 to contribute to participant travel & accommodation costs.
An administration fee of $50 is payable per application. This is non-refundable and in addition to course fees.
TUITION FEES INCLUDE
- Private Coaching
- Role and Repertoire Coaching
- Language Coaching
- Intensive Theatrical Instruction
- Stagecraft, Career and Industry Information Workshops
- Access to practice rooms
Thanks to private supporters of State Opera, financial assistance is available to support your attendance and participation at the Academy. State Opera is committed to enabling the aspirations of talented Australians aspiring to build a career in opera performance.
Funds are available to support participants in travelling to the Academy. Travel & Accommodation scholarships of up to $1,500.00 will be awarded to successful Academy applicants who live outside metropolitan Adelaide.
Financial assistance with tuition fees is available on application. Please include a letter of request at the time of your online application.