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Professionalization course for students
with audition training and 3 theoretical modules on the subject of theater systems, audition/interview techniques and legal aspects in theater.

Time unit: 6 days or 3 weekends

BLOCK I                                                          

Coaching: Personal position ascertainment (What is my situation? What are my abilities?)

Basic Questions

Theater systems (German speaking region, Europe, USA)

Ensemble theater, repertoire – and seasonal (Stagione) system

Audition Training 1: First audition training and collaborative Analysis (including Video)

Emphasis on: basic behavior aids, objective and subjective assessment criteria of the singer’s performance abilities through teachers, opera directors, agents etc.

BLOCK II                                                          

Coaching: What is my path?

Possibilities in career planning

Building personal skills for personal marketing

Using the Bühnenjahrbuch

Artist agencies (Description of responsibilities of european Agents, brief view of legalities in the artist/agency relationship … )

Improving self-assessment

Professional application/résumé preparation

The Vocal Competition as opportunity for visibility among opera directors and agents. Introduction to the most important competitions in Europe

Opera Studio – further studies or first career opportunity? Introduction to the most important Opera Studios in Europe.

Audition Training 2: Second audition training and collaborative Analysis (including Video)

Modifying audition repertoire based on the potential position/opera house and respectively refining one’s personal audition repertoire

BLOCK III                                                          

Coaching: The first goal within reach

The first engagement – which aspects are important to consider? Guest engagement or fixed contract (1 or 2 years ex.), pre-assigned roles, number of performances, salary…

The first contract – Analysis of typical fixed contracts for singers (NV Bühne). Analysing a typical guest contract in the European system

Analysing a typical guest contract in the European system.

How a professional theater functions

The singer’s duties and responsibilities (Introduction to procedures in a typical opera house) with situational examples

Singer’s rights – what are one’s subjective and objective boundries? Potential problem solving with situational examples

The development of an opera production from conception to completion

Audition Training 3: For audience or agents, Video analysis

Final individual analysis and discussion, with possible re-evaluation of personal position ascertainment

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.”
Moshé Feldenkrais