The working style of the course's instructors creates an experience that is at once incredibly intense in instructional detail, yet relaxed and collaborative in atmosphere. The complete (and utterly picturesque) seclusion of the location, combined with the communal-style living with your castmates, stimulates both deep artistic development within your own practice, and allows the whole ensemble to build a level of emotional connection and cohesion in the final product that I don't think would be otherwise possible within a week.
As a student, I wouldn't come looking for manicured schedules and a defined list of topics to be structurally addressed. The course, and through it, the opera, assembles organically. There are limitless opportunities to learn from the instructors' expertise, (as well as from your colleagues' work), and to explore your own abilities, if you come with an open mind, and look for chances to probe.
Above all, doing Armide at Woodhouse was a uniquely fun week of living not just in the music, but in the people I was surrounded by. Plus it's in a beautiful historic cottage. I don't think there's anything else quite like it."
Fiona Gillespie (USA) - Tittle role in Armide - 02/2016
Kieran White (UK) - Renaud in Armide - 02/2016
The academy will happen from June 24th to July 2nd at Woodhouse Copse (Dorking) with performances on July 1st and 2nd.
Each participant will perform at least one performance of an entire role in a fully staged production of the opera in original language with the accompaniment of a professional baroque ensemble.
The course will be ministered by Woodhouse Opera music director Marcio da Silva and baroque specialist harpsichordist Stephanie Gurga. The production will be stage directed by Marcio da Silva. Singers will be coached on style, technique, pronunciation, acting and movement.
We will be performing the 1757 version which can be found on imslp at A = 392hz (full step lower than the written notes).
Please visit the link for reviews from our previous productions..
Course price: £550
Full board: £200 (optional)
Roles (we will be performing at A=400hz):
Hippolyte - Haute-contre/tenor
Aricie - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Phèdre - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Thésée - Bass/Baritone
Pluton - Bass/Baritone
La Grande-Prêtresse de Diane/ Une chasseresse- soprano
Diane/Œnone/Une matelote/Une bergère - Soprano
Tisiphone/Mercure - Low tenor/Baritone