Music at Woodhouse 

15 anniversary year

credit: Rob Tyson Knights

"...a fantastic little show that needed no allowances, it was at least as good as anything you'd find in a significant London conservatoire."
Michael White -
2014 Les Indes Galantes

"To me, Woodhouse BaroqueOpera Academy might deserve its own category in the realm of Young Artist Program.
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

"This is my second time at Woodhouse as I appeared in a summer opera a couple of years ago. Woodhouse is a sociable and hard working environment in which to produce a fully staged opera in a week of rehearsals and tweaking. As I'm extremely interested in the French Baroque style, this course helped to solidify many vital components of which I need to sing in French convincingly. Even then, the french baroque style is a completely different kettle of fish. It has specific rules and stylistic qualities that other music doesn't possess. 
This course enabled my debut as a haute contre tenor in a french baroque opera, I loved every minute of the process and would highly recommend it to like minded people. The level of tutoring in a barn in the middle of nowhere was astonishing, both coaches are superb musicians and accomplished a huge feat of putting on an opera in 5 days. The response from the public was hugely positive and the review from the last night couldn't have been more positive."

Kieran White (UK) - Renaud in Armide - 02/2016

After yet another 4-star production with the opera Armide by Lully Woodhouse Opera and Ensemble OrQuesta announce the second 2016 Baroque Opera Academy with Dido & Aeneas by Purcell in a double-bill with the rarely performed opera by Hasse Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra.

The academy will happen from May 29th to June 5th at Woodhouse Copse (Dorking) with performances on June 4th and 5th.

Each participant will perform an entire role in a fully staged production with the accompaniment of a professional baroque ensemble.

The course will be ministered by Woodhouse Opera music director Marcio da Silva and baroque specialist countertenor Victor Soares (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis).

Please visit the link for reviews from our previous productions.

Course price: £500
Full board: £200 (optional)

Applications are now open to all roles. Roles will be given based on audition, recordings and/or experience. If interested please send your cv, a picture and a recording to [email protected]

Marc'Antonio (mezzo-soprano or countertenor)
Cleopatra (sop or mezzo)
Dido (sop or mezzo)
Belinda (soprano)
Aeneas (Baritone or Tenor)
Second woman/Spirit (sop or mezzo)
Sorcerer/Sorceress (mezzo, baritone or countertenor)
1rs and 2nd witches (sop or mezzo)
First sailor (tenor)

credit: Rob Tyson Knights

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