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Dramaturgy

In dramaturgy lessons, we focus on the function and the role of dramaturgy within the practice of opera production. What is dramaturgy exactly? In which sense does dramaturgy help opera singers to interpret their roles? What are the tools that can be offered to singers through dramaturgical knowledge and background? 

Apart from knowledge of the repertory and of different styles of staging, these courses focus on similar crucial issues, such as close reading of capital operas from music history. 

 

 

Analysis

The course focuses on the relationship between words and music from the point of view of musical analysis. A number of milestones in the history of opera are used to demonstrate the way the purely musical discourse acts as a conscious (or subconscious), often intensifying but sometimes contradictory counterparts to the textual and dramaturgical message. 

Methodology

Methodology offers an introduction to the inside workings of the world of opera. The course covers the different phases of the creation of a new performance and deals with such topics as production, planning and set-up of an opera house organisation chart. Students will visit the workshops of one of the major Belgian opera houses. Included in this course is a guest lecture on stage management. Other topics include management, self-management (negotiating fees, different types of contracts) etc. 

The second part of the course is focused on the practical side of opera production. Students write CV’s, letters to managers, etc. They are in charge of organising their own series of concerts (planning, production, publicity, raising funds etc.). Through these individual initiatives, students will gain experience, both as artists and as organisers; and they will learn how to create job opportunities. 

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