Course Leader:          David Sulkin, NOS Director of Artist Development

Other coaching staff include

Della Jones,  Vocal Coach
Maria Koripas, Physical Theatre and Movement Specialist.
Seb Harcombe, Stanislavsky Specialist
Kate Maravan, Meisner Technique Specialist. 
Répétiteurs/Coaches from the NOS talent pool

Course Description

There is an increasing demand that as well as being excellent musicians, opera singers are also outstanding actors. The Opera Intensive short course will provide a basis to explore committed and high-quality singing combined with a meticulous exploration of stagecraft.

The course will provide participants with a toolbox of acting techniques to help them survive in any rehearsal where the director and conductor are calling for authentic singing and authentic acting. 

The course will lay equal stress on musical and dramatic preparation, on both individual characterisation and working as a team.  In order to cover a great deal of ground in a week, each day will be meticulously planned with a demanding schedule. 

There will be a chance to show your work at the end of the course to an invited audience. 

The course will include at least the following:

  • Text and interpretation masterclasses with the course leaders;  
  • Stagecraft and communication with the course leaders;
  • Stanislavsky training with Seb Harcombe;
  • Meisner coaching with Kate Maravan;
  • One-to-one coaching with Della Jones;
  • Movement with Maria Koripas;
  • Language coaching in Italian and/or German (as required);
  • Rehearsal time with a pianist to prepare your arias;
  • An in-house performance as a culmination of the course to which you can invite friends, singing teachers and family;
  • An individual meeting with senior members of the NOS Artistic Team to discuss the course and your future plans;
  • Daily lunchtime talks and career guidance sessions with NOS staff;  
  • Access to the NOS Opera Library; 
  • Access to our suite of practice rooms.

Repertoire and texts will be agreed/sent out in advance of the course, in order that all participants are fully prepared.

Number of places:      16


  • You must have attained, or be studying for, a postgraduate-level degree or diploma in singing; OR
  • Be singing professionally

Please note each participant will need to organise their own accommodation during the course.

By booking for a National Opera Studio short course, you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.

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