Courses Offered

6OP 209 (I-2) Introduction to the Lyric Theater I – Introduces students to basic acting techniques and stage terminology that aid the singing-actor in dramatic presentation on the lyric theater stage. Character study through improvisation, observation, word association, sensory recall, and pantomime. Special emphasis given to the interpretation of music and the use of the singing voice as a necessary part of character development. Applying 20th century acting methods (Stanislavski and Meisner) to music sonorities and form is explored through class activities and exercises. An emphasis on the recitative and text analysis (through monologue and dialogue scene presentation) may also be offered.   Offered every fall semester. undergraduate student

6OP 210 (II-2) Introduction to the Lyric Theater II – A continuation of work of the first semester with added emphasis on character development through group projects. Special consideration given to auditioning techniques. The semester focuses on applying the various acting techniques (covered in the first semester) to short musical structures and scenes, culminating in an informal presentation at the end of the semester. Offered every spring semester. undergraduate student

6OP 211 (I-3) Opera Workshop I – Study, through exercises and performances of specific musical forms and acting techniques, that aid the singing-actor in the dramatic presentation of all forms of lyric theater (from Baroque Opera to traditional Musical Theater). Additional musical and dramatic coaching may be required outside the normal weekly class meeting times. Offered every fall semester. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 212 (II-3) Opera Workshop II – Study, through exercises and performances of specific musical forms and acting techniques, that aid the singing-actor in the dramatic presentation of all forms of lyric theater (from Baroque Opera to traditional Musical Theater). Additional musical and dramatic coaching may be required outside the normal weekly class meeting times. Offered every spring semester. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 215 (I, II – 1) Opera Performance Project – Participation and performance in Eastman Opera Theatre’s fall and spring productions, 804 show and Special Projects. Primary meeting time is during the opera ensemble time (3:35 – 6:30 M, W, TH, F). May be substituted for 211-214 Opera Workshop with permission of opera coordinator. OP 215 (1 credits) and 216 (2 credits) may be repeated for additional credit. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 216 (I, II-2) Opera Performance Project – Participation and performance in Eastman Opera Theatre’s fall and spring productions, 804 show and Special Projects. Primary meeting time is during the opera ensemble time (3:35 – 6:30 M, W, TH, F).  Additional outside class coachings and stagings are required. May be substituted for 211-212 Opera Workshop with permission of opera coordinator. OP 215 (1 credits) and 216 (2 credits) may be repeated for additional credit. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 401 (I, II-2) Seminar in Lyric Theater Stage Directing – Study and practice of lyric theater stage direction.   Stage terminology, stage design concepts, the study of historical directors and acting teachers, stage management principals, arts management, preparing a conceptual proposal for a design team and staging a scene are components covered within the course.   Opera 401 and 402 may be repeated for additional credit.  graduate student

6OP 402 (I, II-3) Seminar in Lyric Theater Stage Directing – Study and practice of lyric theater stage direction.   Stage terminology, stage design concepts, the study of historical directors and acting teachers, stage management principals, arts management, preparing a conceptual proposal for a design team and staging a scene are components covered within the course.   Students are required to assist in the direction of Opera Theatre productions or direct a scene in the opera workshop. Opera 401 and 402 may be repeated for additional credit. graduate student

6OP 410 (I, II-2) Opera Production Project: Stage Management – Study of basic concepts and procedures relevant to an opera stage manager. Students are required to participate as assistant stage managers for the Opera Theatre productions. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of OP 209, 210; 2 semesters OP 211-214; and/or permission of instructor. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 411  (I -1) Opera Workshop: For Graduate Students – This course follows the same description as the Opera Workshop 211 course. Permission of primary voice teacher and instructor required.

6OP 412  (II – 1) Opera Workshop: For Graduate Students – This course follows the same description as the Opera Workshop 212 course. Permission of primary voice teacher and instructor required.

6OP 414  (I, II-2) Performance Techniques for the Singing-Actor – Study of stage disciplines that will aid and develop the lyric theater performer. Permission of primary voice teacher and instructor required. graduate student

6OP 415 (I-1) Opera Repertoire – The practical study of operatic literature from Mozart to the present day through the musical preparation of arias and scenes appropriate for the enrollment. Specific attention is given to historic performance practice and the unique challenges of the lyric theater: stylistic interpretation of accompanied and secco recitative, the basics of vocal ornamentation as it applies to the stage, musical/ dramatic score analysis, etc. (Offered in the fall semester concurrently with OP 405 for pianists and designed to musically prepare singers for OP 416 in the spring semester.) Prerequisite: permission of instructor and voice teacher. May be repeated for credit. graduate student

6OP 416 (I-2) Advanced Opera Seminar: Performance Techniques – The study, preparation, and performance of arias and excerpts from operatic literature. Through historical research, character analysis, and dramatic staging, the student prepares excerpts and arias from the OP 415 class for public performances. Special attention given to the preparation of arias for professional auditions. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of OP 209, 210; 2 semesters OP 211-214; and/or permission of instructor. graduate student

ALC 231, ALC 431 VOICE AUDITION SYNERGISM: MAXIMIZING YOUR WINNING POTENTIAL! – This 14 week, one hour course explores the many facets that make up the voice audition process. This includes all types of auditions (the graduate school audition, the concert stage and all forms of lyric theater). Lectures and topics include: realistic repertoire programming, the functional yet noticeable resume and headshot, the completed package – application, dress, rapport, execution, mastering your audition anxiety, techniques to become artistically grounded in the exposing world of the inconsistent audition space, a survey and understanding of apprentice programs and summer institutes, being dynamically different in a world where many are the same, realistic goals and expectations as a maturing singer. The class will culminate with a ‘mock’ audition. This course is open to all seniors and graduate students.

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6OP 213 (I, II-1) Early American Lyric Theater Survey and Performance Practicum – A study of early American Musical Theater and American Operetta.  The survey will include a study of the ‘Princess Theater Musicals,’ with emphasis given to the collaborative works of Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.  Works by Rodgers & Hart and early Cole Porter will also be studied. A survey of American Operetta will include works by Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg.  Students will sing ballads and ensembles from the shows covered within the course.  The course will culminate in a performance of a scenes program or musical review of the works studied in the class. This course may not be substituted for Opera Workshop 211 or 212. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of OP 209, 210; and/or permission of instructor.  Offered every other year. undergraduate student

6OP 214 (I, II-1) The Play Without Music: Performance Practicum for Singers – Exploration and performance of monologues and scene selected from spoken theater.  The monologues and scenes study and rehearsed will be based on course enrollment.  The course will culminate in an informal workshop performance of material studied and rehearsed during the semester.   Emphasis will be given to contemporary theater (20th and 21st Century).  Research and written assignments will be required. The course will culminate in an informal performance of monologues and scenes studied in the class. This course may not be substituted for Opera Workshop 211 or 212. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of OP 209, 210; and/or permission of instructor.  Offered every other year. undergraduate and graduate student

6OP 413 (I, II-1) Early American Lyric Theater Survey and Performance Practicum – A study of early American Musical Theater and American Operetta.  The survey will include a study of the ‘Princess Theater Musicals,’ with emphasis given to the collaborative works of Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.  Works by Rodgers & Hart and early Cole Porter will also be studied. A survey of American Operetta will include works by Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg.  Students will sing ballads and ensembles from the shows covered within the course.  The course will culminate in a performance of a scenes program or musical review of the works studied in the class. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of OP 209, 210; and/or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.  graduate student