Learn to sing your opera arias with your whole self. The tutors will explore ways of integrating heart, body, mind, soul, imagination, personality and physicality into your performance.


Resident: £480 Non-Resident: £366 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/350

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 9 May 2022. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 13 June 2022. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Experienced soprano and vocal tutor, Madeleine Holmes and pianist Tom Coltman, also an expert coach, join forces in this course to offer participants their experience of working on operatic repertoire. A truly holistic approach that takes account of the individual singer, will focus on how to ‘embody’ your singing, exploring physicality, creativity, character, imagination, performance psychology and vocal expression. By putting your opera arias into the performance space both as an individual, as well as in some group work to enact various operatic ‘scenes’, participants will be able to take their communicative power as singers to a whole new level. Participants should bring 3-4 opera arias that they have learned in advance.

What will we cover?

Warm-ups, vocal technique, acting, movement, languages and communication, characterisation, audition techniques, repertoire choices.

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

It is always obvious when a singer has worked on their singing in a physical space (on stage or otherwise), and thus participants will return to all performance situations (concerts, the opera stage, exams or otherwise) with a new freedom of expression, and confidence, from having pushed the boundaries of their singing experience. On the final afternoon, we hope to perform a selection of scenes made from the arias that participants bring.

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

There is no specific level for this course, however we ask that participants are able to perform their opera arias preferably from memory (without score). That said, the environment will be non-competitive and supportive, valuing all participants at whatever level they present. A shared love of this special repertoire is the most important thing!

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

Participants will work in a group format throughout, so that all participants can sing to and listen to all the others on the course. That said, it is likely that other members of the group will be required (when not singing) to help in creating scenes in the space. Creative input from participants will also be welcome. Participants should bring 3-4 opera arias that they have learned in advance.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Participants choose 3-4 of their own arias in any style and learn in advance of coming on the course. Please bring 3 copies (for themselves and for the tutors). It would be helpful if the titles of chosen material could be given in advance, so that appropriate planning can be made by the tutors. Duets, trios may also be possible should participants wish to collaborate in this way. 

Is there anything I need to bring?

Comfortable clothes and shoes that you can easily move in!

What previous participants said about this course…

“I have learnt a lot a lot about vocal technique. Maddy is encouraging and understands a singer’s complex needs.”

“Maddy is a wonderful tutor and very well-liked by all she teaches; indeed all she meets. As a singer herself, she knows of all the problems singers experience and can hone in immediately on individual needs. She is positive, uplifting, indeed inspirational, with high standards and constructive, understandable ideas for improvement, including excellent technique exercises. It is a privilege to be taught by her.”