The Master of Music (Opera Performance) is a two-year program for opera performers and repetiteurs, including intensive studies in vocal coaching, Italian, French, German and English language for Opera, ensemble singing, role development, acting and music research, together with the opportunity to work as a practising singer/repetiteur, if appropriate, within Victorian Opera.
On completion of this program, graduates should be equipped with the appropriate skills to audition for any professional opera house with a number of fully-learned roles in the original language, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the nature of the role and its delivery, in context, from an operatic stage. Pathways to research masters degrees are also available.
Admission is based on audition and completion of an undergraduate qualification, in any discipline. Applications are sought from artists of the highest calibre who are prepared to commit wholeheartedly to an intensive program of work and who genuinely want a career in opera.
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:
• an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
• an audition.
2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
On completion of this course, graduates will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills and be able to apply them to:
achieve a professional level standard in their vocal performance, acting, movement and other stagecraft skills as well as language and diction skills that are required of an elite professional vocalists undertaking major operatic roles;
become highly-skilled operatic vocalists, with a knowledge of and ability to critically evaluate past and present performance practices and with highly developed stage communication skills to ensure world-class operatic performances;
expand their knowledge, skills and abilities in operatic vocal performance as well as in a range of relevant practical areas including operatic repertoire, role development, concert work including education outreach, stylistic analysis and interpretation, languages and diction, covering of main-stage roles and performing of main-stage roles;
be both personally autonomous and publicly accountable for authentically- and artistically-interpreted stage-role performances through an informed and critically reflective awareness of relevant operatic styles, characterization and interpretation of specific operatic roles;
utilise a range of operatic skills—vocal, acting, stagecraft and movement—that will serve to contribute to the successful realisation of opera performances;
have acquired a knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to performing arts research as well as skills in critical reflection, writing and artistic communication;
plan and execute a series of capstone experiences—such as a major role—in a full-scale operatic performance;
value and participate in operatic performances that demonstrate team-work and collaborative music making;
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