Barefoot Opera is all about training – on many levels and in many situations.

If you are a young singer trying to get into the profession or into postgraduate courses, Barefoot Opera has several options for you.  Equally, we can be found workshopping with amateur choirs and drama groups, as well as in schools and a range of community engagements.

Barefoot Opera: Handel Workshop


Pop-up Workshop: How can I create more resonance?

Wednesday 1st July, from 6 – 8 pm

Barefoot Opera team leaders Penelope Randall Davis, Jenny Miller, Alexandra Baybutt, and Evelyn Miller will take it in turns to explore this question using detailed exercises with movement and breath.

By responding to each other’s work, they will create a more seamless and varied experience for our participants.

We are keeping the cost very low, £10, to enable access.  This will also be a little taster for our late summer on-line course – info here!

Praise for our last workshop:

“So generous! Was such a powerful experience please ask jenny to do another session”

“Thank you so much for a fascinating session last Wednesday! I very much enjoyed your teaching and your philosophy. ” 

“I really enjoyed the session” 

For this workshop it would be great to familiarise yourself with the first two pages of O Del Mio Dolce Ardor – by Gluck – found in 24 songs and arias of the 17 and 18th centuries (Schirmer) or easily found on-line. 
It is NOT necessary to memorise – and if you are not comfortable with Italian just become familiar with the melody.

(O del mio dolce ardor)
Download link:  http://artsongcentral.com/wp-content/uploads/1ais103.pdf

Barefoot Opera Late-Summer Online Course

Monday 31st August – Thursday 3rd September  
2 – 4 pm 5 – 7:30 pm Daily

Classical voice training for integration

Barefoot Opera challenges us to rethink methods of training the classical voice.  We begin by stripping our voices down to basics: body, breath, movement, and sound.  We reconnect with basic human responses: laughing, sobbing, sighing – the elemental tone qualities that signal our ceaseless human interaction with our environment.

This “responsive breath”, reaction and action, is the keystone of Barefoot’s work, refining and evolving into singing and the operatic tradition.  In our online summer course this year, we bring together our expert team of professional singers, movement specialists, and coaches, and we train our participants in responsive breath work, physical theatre techniques, and somatic movement practice, connecting emotional and physical responses to classical voice training.

Our course is for advanced, serious students of voice, whether they are following a professional journey or not.

On our course expect to:

  • find exercises to balance your breath, sound, and sense of personal resonance
  • develop ways to tune into the space around you, which help you produce your optimum sound
  • find exercises to free your sense of your body in space and action (our alternative proposal for ‘postural’ work)
  • have one on-line individual spot in a masterclass with either of our coaches, and either of our voice specialists and movement trainers feeding in
  • have one on-line individual spot in a masterclass with either of our singing specialists* 
  • participate in our uniquely evolved body/voice/movement group lessons and exercises
  • participate in detailed acting classes, text work, leading to sung repertoire work
  • individual feedback and consultation

*singers will be invited to bring one piece of their own choice to work on throughout the week and will have a prior consultation on-line, mutually arranged, with a team coach, to make a recording or ‘backing track’ for each singer’s choice

The cost is £175 with an early-bird price of £160** (deliberately kept low to enable access in these very uncertain times).

 ** Closing date for bookings (paid in full):  Aug 1

Early birds to pay in full by July 15

Full refunds up to July 15, no refund thereafter

Young Artists Tour

Dates to be confirmed in relation to government policy with regard to Covid-19.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Coming Summer 2020

Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour is an advanced training programme well-known for its strong production values and demanding educational rehearsal structure. In the Summer of 2020, we will be touring a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.