So, how exactly do you write an opera in just four days?
Completion of Libretto.
Introduction of the concepts of opera and the project to the group. The group will devise their own plot and characters and then write their libretto.
This is done democratically and each student has a voice and a vote.
Completion of most (if not all) music.
Composition of music through the libretto, its words, emotions and situations. Once the methodologies are introduced, students are encouraged to use that method to compose (or begin to compose) scenes within smaller groups as well as working directly with the Music Director as each scene is ready.
A fully cast show and completed sets.
Casting of the opera – decisions are democratically made by the student group. Everyone then builds, designs and paints their sets. The principal cast learn their music with the Music Director and the chorus rehearse their music and choreography.
Final rehearsal for performance day
Rehearsal of show, chorus scenes, choreography and anything else to be incorporated. After lunch a dress rehearsal attended by a supportive audience of other students from the school if available.
After the rehearsal day four we continue to rehearse, remaining at school for a dinner break, then hold a performance at the school that evening.
participating schools 2016
International Grammar School | Jamison High School | Kilvington Grammar School | MLC School | NBSC Manly Campus