The academy will happen from July 22nd to 30th at the Mcintosh Theatre in London with performances onJuly 29th and 30th.
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 an adaptation of the one which premiered at Woodhouse in 2015 signed by Marcio da Silva. Singers will be coached on style, technique, pronunciation, acting and movement.
We will be using the Novello edition and will be performing at A=440Hz.
Please visit the link for reviews from our previous productions.
Course price: £550
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
Poppea - Soprano
Nerone - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Ottone - Counter-tenor/Baritone
Drusilla - Soprano
Ottavia - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Seneca - Bass
Littore - Bass
Arnalta - Counter-tenor/Tenor/Mezzo-Soprano
Nutrice - Counter-tenor/Tenor/Mezzo-Soprano
La Fortuna - Soprano
La Virtu - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Amore - Soprano
Valletto - Soprano
Lucano - Tenor
Liberto - Tenor
Soldiers - Tenor