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An inspiring opportunity to participate in a staged Baroque opera with amazing period costumes and scenery.

STANDARD: UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

Resident: £695 Non-Resident: £550 Code: 20/601

What is the course about?

Our Baroque Opera Project returns in 2020 with more scenes from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. We are delighted to welcome back Ricardo Barros, a specialist in historical dance and Baroque opera, for this production, which will feature scenes from this colourful and vibrant work. Our team of tutors is led by the musical duo of Oliver-John Ruthven and Judy Tarling, with Henrik Persson providing the all-important continuo tuition, and Nick Shaw, our vocal coach. We are seeking competent Baroque instrumentalists (flutes, oboes, bassoons, strings and continuo) and choral singers who are able to learn their lines before the course, and in early 2020 we will be auditioning singers – who must be of a professional standard – for the solo roles. The course begins at 4pm on the Monday and will culminate with a semi-staged performance in French in front of a paying public audience on the evening of Saturday 18 April.

Tutor websites: www.oliverjohnruthven.co.uk www.mercuriuscompany.co.uk

What will we cover?

Playing, acting and dancing in a period appropriate, stylish and dynamic way.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

The course culminates will be a semi-staged performance in French in front of a paying public audience – an amazing challenge to be a part of!

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Upper Intermediate, Advanced

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will involve tutti and sectional rehearsals.  We’ll have a dress rehearsal on the Friday evening before the final performance on the Saturday evening.

You are expected to familiarise yourself with the music before arrival.  Singers should be off-copy by the time of the course.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes music will be sent by post and you are expected to familiarise yourself with the music before arrival.  Singers should be off-copy by the time of the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

We are playing at A=415 and don’t forget to bring your baroque instrument, or if you don’t have one then gut strings and baroque bow.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Everything was amazing. I'm super proud of everything we've done and I've learnt so much about not only singing, but musicianship and baroque theatre and it was all honestly the best.”

“I found the content of the course to be excellent. The tutors, musicians, directors, conductor, dancer, costume person, kitchen, food service, administration, management, and support staff, (and any others involved), all did an amazingly good job. I thought that everyone put in well over 100% effort and commitment, during the week, and also they must have done a huge amount beforehand in preparation for the course. I was astounded that, largely because of all the preparation and obvious love of the music/project, we were able to put together such a great Opera performance in such a short time. Thank you to everyone.”