The Confident Conductor

Confident Conductor

ANTHONY HUNT

THE CONFIDENT
CONDUCTOR

FREE WORKSHOPS

Terms 1, 2 & 3
State Opera Studio
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In 2020 State Opera South Australia is excited to invite teachers to develop their conducting skills in a warm and supportive environment. Designed specifically for primary and high school teachers who are relatively new to music ensemble leadership, these workshops will deliver basic conducting skills and techniques that can be used across choral, band, instrumental ensemble and classroom music groups.
Whether you have been asked to conduct the choir at assembly, or lead the weekly recorder ensemble, this is an opportunity for you to come together with a group of colleagues and practice coordinating the rehearsals and performances, setting up and leading the group. Learn how to conducting music in multiple time signatures, how to cue entrances, cut off-s, as well as tips and tricks for warm-ups, tuning and how to arrange your choir.
Led by State Opera’s new Head of Music Anthony Hunt, this is a fun and relaxed way to develop and improve your music skills.

Term 1

Conducting 101
Saturday 14 March, 2pm-5pm

Learn the basics about how to start a choir, encompassing simple warm ups, developing harmony and building a balanced, pure choir sound.

Conducting Tips and Tricks

Term 2

Conducting Progressive 1
Tuesday 9 June, 5pm-7.30pm

Conducting Progressive 2
Tuesday 16 June, 5pm-7.30pm

Conducting Progressive 3
Tuesday 23 June, 5pm-7.30pm

Each week, these practical workshops will work on conducting techniques, learning tips and tools of how to develop and shape musical elements with your choir. Workshop participants will learn through singing and leading in a choir setting. Teachers can work progressively through the three sessions, or may choose one or two sessions.

Term 3

How to conduct a musical
Saturday 12 September, 2pm-5pm

Is your school putting on a musical? Need help with the music? This workshop will guide you through teaching the vocal score, working with soloists and chorus, and include ways to develop the voice for non-singers, along with tips for performance conducting.

  • Attendance and participation is FREE.
  • Applicants are welcome to register for one or more workshops.
  • Certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants.
  • Teacher resource notes in a handout will be provided.

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You’ve seen him in the foyers and you’ve heard his name whispered in showbiz circles…now is your chance to hear directly from our very own arts impresario tomorrow night on Facebook Live at 7pm.

Seasoned Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder AM, gives you the chance to ask him ANYTHING – it could be about what happens behind the scenes, what not to sing at an audition, and who’s who in the complicated world of opera!

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You’ve seen him in the foyers and you’ve heard his name whispered in showbiz circles…now is your chance to hear directly from our very own arts impresario tomorrow night on Facebook Live at 7pm.

Seasoned Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder AM, gives you the chance to ask him ANYTHING – it could be about what happens behind the scenes, what not to sing at an audition, and who’s who in the complicated world of opera!

Comment below to send us your questions in advance!

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How would you convince one of your friends, who has never seen an opera before, to come and check it out?

Oooo! I have two! 1. What’s an opera you still really want to direct? 2. What is the most frequent soprano aria you hear in auditions but loath?

If you could direct any singer who is no longer with us who would it be and why

Who was your favourite soprano in the NZ Opera Chorus. Ok, in the top 10. Ok, top 20. 30? With short hair? And whose name started with C. In all seriousness. In an audition, what is the most important thing to think about as a singer. Song choice? Acting? The quality of the voice? Or a combination of everything? Thanks 🙏

What is your favourite production and why?

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Does anyone else remember their first opera experience? Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder shares his below.

"One’s love of opera has got to start somewhere.
This is my start, my 'Road to Damascus’ moment.
Ingmar Bergmann’s 1975 film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l17SQeytHN8

Yes, it’s in Swedish, but to my 18-year-old ears that was just as foreign as German. And there are subtitles."

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I worked as halbadeer in DON CARLOS IN 1966 SAW MARIE COLLIER IN TOSCA WIT TITO GOBI AND DONALD SMITH HOOKED LOVE OPERA.

Les Hugenots in Sydney in the 1980s. It’s a wonder I ever attended another opera. But I did and continue to do so.

As a Supernumerary in Lucretia Borgia with Joan Sutherland 1977..

I'd performed in two, Handel's Agrippina led to her death, a staged cantata, and the festival production of Pygmalion by Rameau, semichorus, before I saw one for the first time. AO's Rosenkavalier in HMT 1972, with Liz Osman. growing up I heard lots of opera on the BBC, and must have seen some. I bought the score of Rosenkavalier a few years ago to work out how the trio does what it does. none the wiser I'm happy to say.

Australian Opera toured Fliegender Holländer and Tannhäuser to Adelaide in the 1960s. Brian Coghlan took his German students along. Lifetime addiction!

Tosca 1974, I was in the kinder-chor of the Opera Australia production at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Magic!

2006 State Opera production of a Nabucco for me. The sound of the artists and orchestra blew me away. Not to mention the exploding walls and blood drop from the fly gallery- had me hooked!!

A late bloomer I saw Saul in the Adelaide Festival with the State Opera Chorus and have never stopped searching for that same thrill. We’re so lucky to have such brilliant musicians and artists in South Australia!

Verdi’s Aida did it for me - fabulous production and heaps of fun. Of course he also writes beautiful parts for mezzos, too!🎶🥰🥰

I was a 17 year old exchange student in the Netherlands. My host family took me on holidays to Italy and I saw Aida at the Arena di Verona, complete with elephants! 🐘🐘

Just hearing “The Pearl Fishers”

State Opera of SA Countess Maritza...and then 1986/7? SWEENEY TODD!!!! Nancye Hayes as Mrs Lovett...that was IT! I was hooked...

Manon with my mum on a holiday in Belgian while i still lived in the Netherlands in the 70s, listening to her singing areas from Faust and La Traviata while doing dishes and movie of Porgy and Bess with Sydney Poitier. Lots of operettas which were my dad's favourites.

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State Opera is committed to supporting the talented singers, artists, and creatives who reside at the core of this company, and assures you that these wonderful people will be back on our stages and in our productions as soon as possible.

We know we can count on our audiences, partners and broader community to support each other at this time.
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Good on you Stu. Keep punching. Love. Barry and Anke

Well said Stuart!

Lovely message Stuart- hang in there.

When this is over, the first thing I'll do is go to an opera. Hopefully, that opera is Sweeney Todd in October of this year, but regardless, I look forward to seeing your shows again when it's possible. 🙂

Thank you Stuart, looking forward to post Covid 19. Stay safe and happy.

Our beloved State Opera will continue to inspire and delight us in the times ahead with the magic of this wonderful art form. Thank you Stuart!

Sending best wishes to you Stuart 🙂 🙂 🙂

State opera will be better than ever once this is all over. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful company again x

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Since we're not together at Carmina Burana, the State Opera Staff decided to invite you to share a glass of Shingleback & Red Knot Wine with us as we knock off from a week of hard work in isolation. As you can see we are not yet the masters of Zoom! ... See MoreSee Less

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No mechs. Jess Nash😪

I see the Brady Bunch reference - Thanks for the virtual knock off drink

Thanks State Opera. Watched Carimina Burana on YouTube in stead. Keep well everyone.

All good enough at Zoom to know not to be in the toilet. 😆

Wow that’s great. I’m sorry I missed out😯

Gorgeous ❤

Love it!!!

cheers!

It would have been a perfect night at Memorial Drive tonight. Cheers to everyone!

That is cool!! See you on the other side.

So sad not to be singing tonight, but this is fabulous! Cheers! ❤❤

Great idea!!

Wonderful! Thinking of everyone at SOSA ... fingers crossed I’ll see you in October xx 😘

thanks guys!! Missing y’all!! ❤️🥂

Thank you!

So cool stay safe everyone cheers 🥂 😘

Claire Edmonds-Wilson Kathryn House This should have been tonight 😢

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Great effort!

This is brilliant ❤

Cheers to our favourite opera partners! Stay safe please & let’s all enjoy the small pleasures. Including that end-of-day glass or 2. Salut! 😊❤️🍷🍷

What...? No lip syncing?

So very clever and funny - thank you for sharing 😀

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