Opera Training for Singers in the UK:
How should it evolve to meet the changing needs of the profession?
Please find below the report commissioned by the National Opera Studio into Opera Training in the UK.
Both the Arts Council and we at the NOS felt it was very important to take a very broad look at the whole ecology of opera talent development, particularly with regard to singers. Hence the ground covered by the report is very wide. As well as making numerous specific recommendations, in many ways the report raises many more questions for our sector. There are fundamental underlying questions relating to music education, talent needs, diversity and indeed the future of opera itself. It is up to us in the opera world to take the lead in answering these questions and charting a course that will ensure that opera in the UK not only is developing the best talent but also does not become increasingly narrow in terms both of supply and audience. So while this report provides useful background in terms of factual data and opinions received, the big issues now have to be shaped and discussed by the opera community itself.
May I personally thank those of you who have contributed to this report. We have had a wide range of contributors within the sector and this would not have been possible without your input.
We hope for a fruitful discussion of this report and would like to enable some collaborative action for our sector.
With all best wishes,
Sir Vernon Ellis
National Opera Studio
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