Advanced Opera Studies

Coordinator - Katherine Twaddle

Advanced Opera Studies is open to voice majors enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate and Masters programs. There are 8 places available and acceptance is via audition. Advanced Opera Studies is divided into two courses.


Operatic Repertoire for Performance – Katherine Twaddle and Laura Loewen

In this course, students will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a weekly masterclass on operatic arias in the areas of Baroque, Mozart, Bel Canto, Romantic, Contemporary
  • develop a process for learning arias musically, interpretively, linguistically and dramatically
  • experience a broad range of operatic repertoire as a performer and as an observer

Professional Development for Opera – Katherine Twaddle with guest instructors

Workshops will be held on the following topics:

  • Resumes, headshots and bios
  • Audition techniques
  • Performance anxiety
  • Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
  • Professional Protocol
  • Young Artist Programs

Acting for Singers – Katherine Twaddle

In this course, students will have the opportunity to:

  • explore a variety of acting styles and techniques required for the contemporary opera stage: improvisation, commedia dell’arte, melodrama, Shakespeare, realism, monologues, scene study, stage combat
  • explore different ways to use their body, voice and imagination to create characters, communicate intension, attitude and story
  • explore a variety of theatrical genres used in opera and how and why they have changed throughout history
  • explore acting techniques from both the inside out and outside in

Dance & Movement – Jolie L’Esperance

  • Fall term - 10 one-hour sessions utilizing techniques found in modern dance, yoga, martial arts and contact improvisation
  • Winter term - 8 one-hour sessions in traditional dance steps appropriate to the operatic repertoire

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“The UMOA helped us to discover our potential, not just as singers, but as musical actors.”

Opera 2011

“UMOA's relationship with Manitoba Opera allowed us to have a sense of what being a professional would be like.”

Opera 2011

Opera 2010