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Intensive 4-Day Course

Classical voice training for integration

Thursday Nov 4th – Sunday Nov 7th
9:30am – 6:00pm

Tutors 

Jenny Miller: Voice & Movement
Penelope Randall-Davis: Voice
Lesley Anne Sammons & Nicholas Bosworth: Repetiteurs/Coaches
Ali Baybutt & Evy Freebury: Movement Specialist
& Guest Tutors TBC


“The traditional mechanistic view of anatomy, as useful as it has been, has objectified rather than humanised our relationship to our insides.”

Thomas Myers

Descartes described the human body as a ‘soft machine’.  As singers, we know this to be true on one level, but the machine analogy very quickly becomes inadequate. How can we find working methods that genuinely connect the machine to our sense of self, and allow both vocal competence and artistry to flourish?  

About Barefoot Opera

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,sighing, calling – 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.  

About the Course

On our four day Intensive Course this November, 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.

Singers will be invited to bring at least two pieces of their own choice to work on throughout the four days, and will pre-agree with our tutor team an opera duet or aria which will be staged and performed on the fourth day of the course.  In the previous days singers will study and perform songs of their own choice, and will be given movement and theatre work in close connection to their voice work. 

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 free your sense of your body in space and action 
  • Find exercises to balance your breath, sound, and optimal personal resonance
  • Develop ways to connect to the space around you 
  • Have  individual time in masterclasses 
  • 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

Student Feedback

“Great stuff!” 

“Great course!”

“It’s been a truly wonderful week. Thank you for giving of yourselves”

“The course has been a fantastic experience! Many thanks for a wonderful week”

Course Participants

Jenny Miller: Voice Training

Fee

The cost is  £240 with an early-bird price of £200**,
(deliberately kept low to enable access in these very uncertain times).

 ** Closing date for bookings (paid in full):  October 15 2021
Early birds to pay in full by Sept 5th 2021
Full refunds up to October 5th  no refund thereafter

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