Prepare for opera

In London

£ 249 VAT inc.


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These ongoing workshops will introduce you to both operatic repertoire and the vocal skills and knowledge necessary to perform opera on stage successfully. Through these classes you will discover how acting and communicating through the operatic medium affects your singing and you will gain an overview of operatic voice-types and their repertoire. Tutor: Håkan Vramsmo [external website]
Accompanist: Clive Pollard.




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Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA


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To take into account

- Show improved listening skills and aural perceptiveness - Perform studied arias and recitatives competently and from memory - Demonstrate a greater knowledge of the operatic repertoire and its suitability - Understand your voice type in an operatic context - Show an understanding of the skills needed to perform this repertoire.

You must bring prepared aria to the first session which you can perform to the class. Futher repertoire choices will be made in conjunction with your teacher. You will also need to source your own copies of music to be studied during the course. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from

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Course programme

- Vocal coaching and guidance on technique with reference to the operatic repertoire
- Guidance on suitable repertoire for auditions and productions
- Performance technique and the art of communicating with an audience in the dramatic context
- The classification of voice types in opera.

The class begins with a short vocal “warm up” and specific technical exercises (not that you may wish to book a practice room at City lit before your class if you need more time to warm-up than this lesson allows). Each class follows a practical workshop format, like a masterclass: this includes experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress, allowing tutor and student interaction and the exchange of ideas. Repertoire will be directed by the tutor for the most part and may include a variety of styles. Please let the tutor (and accompanist) know in advance if you have specific repertoire you would like to sing in class. Demonstration and lecture. You will be expected to experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared. You will be expected to practise for a minimum of one hour daily.

Additional information

You may take Prepare for opera modules as long as you wish; we recommend at least a full year of study at this level. You may then wish to consider City lit opera studio, or Advanced singers’ workshops. Please also consider acting or voice classes in our Drama department. General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00. See the course guide for term dates and further details

Prepare for opera

£ 249 VAT inc.