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  • 10/28/17 Faculty Recital: Berri Garver, piano in Rochester at Hatch Hall
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Courses Offered

Required Undergraduate Opera Courses

OP 221: Body Awareness, Movement and Dance (1 credit)
In Body Awareness, Movement and Dance, students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of their bodies as instruments and sources of creativity for character and performance. Through a variety of psycho-physical acting exercises (including but not limited to yoga, Viewpoints and Laban Movement Analysis), they will explore the limitations and possibilities of their own bodies and of the group body of an ensemble.

  • Students will learn a vocabulary for communicating about bodies in space (e.g. basic anatomy, stage directions, etc.).
  • Students will have an introduction to basic lyric theater dance forms and stage combat.
  • Students will keep physical and online journals to document personal progress through the course as well as observations of bodies-in-action in daily life and performance.

By the end of the semester, students will demonstrate the ability to apply their tools in practice and articulate their process. The course culminates with an in-class public performance of originally devised physical theater that incorporates the concepts and techniques learned over the semester.
Offered: Freshman year, spring semester

OP 222: Acting Seminar (1 credit)
In the Acting Seminar, students add to their performer’s tool kit, by building a foundation of psycho-physical acting techniques and stagecraft. Throughout the semester we will discuss, explore, experience, and develop a variety of skills for becoming a strong, sensitive, flexible and expressive performer. By the end of the semester, students will demonstrate the ability to apply their tools in practice and articulate their process. The course will culminate with an in-class public performance of student work.

Psycho-physical acting exercises will come from a variety of methodologies (including but not limited to Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Viewpoints & Composition, etc.). Stagecraft will include both stage terminology vocabulary and workshops with guest instructors in stage makeup and stage combat in order to introduce students to additional skills helpful to the singing actor. Students will learn how to analyze a dramatic text in order to develop characters for performance. They will work independently, with partners, and in small groups as they prepare and stage a variety of texts including dialogue scenes. Additionally, students will each keep a journal that documents personal progress through the course as well as observations of (singing) actors in performance.
Prerequisite: OP 221
Offered: Sophomore year, fall semester

OP 223: Text and Music (1 credit)
Text and Music is designed to explore the marriage of music and text both on the page and in performance. Through individual and group exercises, class discussion, and interactive lecture, the aim of the course is to build upon previous coursework in movement and acting in order to empower the singing-actor when the element of music is added to performance. The semester will be divided into four units of curricular focus: monologues, recitative, un-sung operatic scenes, and a final art song project.
Prerequisites: OP 221 & 222
Offered: Sophomore year, spring semester

OP 224: Lyric Theatre Workshop (1 credit)                                               
Lyric Theatre Workshop Is a performance-based course designed to improve the skill level, confidence, and self-awareness of the singing actor. Through individual and group exercises, class discussion, and interactive lecture, the aim of the course is to help bridge the gap between the singing actor and the acting singer. Curricular focus includes: character development through improvisation and observation, opera dialogue scenes, audition technique, and a stage directing unit.
Prerequisites: OP 221, 222 & 223
Offered: Junior year, fall semester

OP 230: ESM Opera Theatre Practicum (3 credits)
Students, after auditioning and being cast in an Eastman Opera Theatre production (leading role or chorus), are to register for the ESM Opera Theatre Practicum twice, for a total of six credits.
Prerequisites: OP 221
Offered: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and/or Senior years, fall and spring semesters

OP 232: ESM Opera Theatre Practicum – Opera Scenes (3 credits)
This course is for senior voice majors not cast in two opera productions, or for those who would like to participate in a scenes program. Those cast in the spring EOT production their senior year may not register for this course.
Prerequisites: OP 221, 222, 223 & 224
Offered: Senior year, spring semester

 

Graduate Courses

401 – 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.
Offered: fall semester

402 – 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.
Offered: spring semester

410 – 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.
Offered: fall semester

416 – 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: 1nd year of MM PRL study and permission of instructor.
Offered: fall semester

414 – Fundamentals for the Singer-Actor
Offered to Graduate students only. This course explores specific forms in lyric theater through study, exercise and execution (The recitative, the aria, scene work, opera, musical theater).  Stage terminology, exploration of acting methods, analyzing text, character development, monologues. Exercises exploring body awareness (self & group) and techniques that aid coordinated movement within an ensemble.  Can be used as elective credit. It is strongly encouraged that graduates students register for this class during their first semester. Prerequisite: none 
Offered: fall semester

430 – Eastman Opera Theatre Practicum                           
Offered in both the fall and spring semester. Credit given to an undergraduate student for opera main stage production. Leads and chorus receive equal 3 hr. credit for participation and successful completion. An undergraduate student cast in an opera may register for this course at any point in their degree track. Graduate students cast in the spring opera may only use the credit of this course for main stage opera participation.    
Offered: fall and spring semester

432 – Opera Theatre Practicum – Scenes                             
Offered in the spring semester. This course will be offered to second semester seniors and Graduate students interested in the course who have not been cast in the Spring production.   Undergraduate students cast in a second man stage opera fulfill this credit.  For undergraduate students who have not been cast in a second opera, this course will function as an additional performance project.  Combined with graduate students who will be taking this course as an elective credit (not for participation in the opera), the course will focus on selected scenes and/or chamber works (depending on the available singers) presented in a workshop setting.
Offered: spring semester

 

All graduate students are expected to participate in professional work of the department such as attending and recording auditions and masterclasses, assisting during competitions, preparing scores for performances, and cataloging and organizing music collections. Students will participate every year in which they receive a graduate stipend. The department views the service requirement as integral to the degree and critical career preparation, in that it provides experience working with visiting artists, auditionees, conductors and coaches, as well as, organizing public performances, opera productions and auditions.