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


“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