In 2020 I began presenting my 5-Session Role Preparation Master Class Series Online for companies like San Francisco’s Merola Program, dell’Arte Opera, MassOpera, NYSTA, the Resident Artist Programs of Minnesota Opera and Orlando Opera among others. Because individual freelance singers also want to participate in these Master Classes, I am producing this series myself so you can gain these skills, too. I continue to be sensitive to the financial challenges we are all facing with Covid-19 restrictions on our industry and so I am offering these expanded 120-Minute Sessions very affordably.
What to Expect
Mining the Text for Character and Action
A simple 6-step technique to mine a libretto for clues to create Character and Action.
We train actors to read a script not simply for storyline, but for Character and Action. Reading “the story” is like me having a complete orchestral score in front of me and only reading the melody line. I am missing a huge percentage of the orchestration. It is the same with the libretto of an Opera.
Acting Bigger-an Online Movement Master Class
A particular challenge for presentational forms of performance like Opera and Musical Theatre is “making things bigger”. Directors love what you do in rehearsal, but when you move onstage and they want you to “be bigger,” and you lose touch with the dramatic truth you had before. Learn how to “make the invisible visible” without “acting it out.”
Creating the Character’s World
Imagery is everything for creating character and action. This session teaches you another simple 6-step technique to generate that Imagery and to use it. Learn how to flesh out the Given Circumstances and to combine them with 3 Pairs of Opposing Environments, allowing you to create THE WORLD OF THE OPERA in specific detail.
This session takes the mystery out of Acting and makes it easy as pie to generate a logical sequence of actions you can play moment to moment, rather than trying to play an emotion that can interrupt your ability to sing well.
Arias and Action
Auditioning with Arias demands that a singer generate a multidimensional “performance” when they will not have the production elements and context of a performance on stage. The Cube of Space Technique is designed to “sculpt the space” around solo performance and I have successfully employed these concepts with singers over the past 20 years. It is the “bang for the buck” part of my instruction that helps the singer to stand out from the herd, to gain control over their audition arias no matter where they are performed, and to truly enjoy performing them again.