Music dramatic performance - language, audience

This module is offered in collaboration with the European Opera Academy.

Description of the module

In this module the students explore further methods for acting and singing on the opera-stage. Special emphasis is made on performing in a language which is not your own. How does this affect your performing and interpretive abilities? What doet is take to communicate with your co-singers on stage and with the audience when singing in a foreign language? During the course the students will receive Italian language coaching. The students will also give a live concert with the Academy Orchestra of the Royal Institute of Technology.

Course content:

  • Practical exercises in music dramatic performance
  • Practical role analysis
  • Theory and method for stage performance
  • Exploration of the affect of language on stage idea, action and performance
  • Discussion and practical exercises surrounding the significance of language in the communication with the audience

Instruction takes place in the form of exercises in a group and discussions of the students’ development.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Perform an operatic role in Italian, German or French in stage scenes and arias
  • Discuss the problems of the connection between language and performance
  • Independently and in interaction with others build up a role character in a foreign language

Total of ECTS: 25 

Study level:  Master

Main language of instruction: English

Study pace: Fulltime

Responsible unit: University College of Opera

Term dates

This module runs from 28 August  to 15 December 2017 (16 weeks)

Exchange applications are only for this period of studies. We encourage applicants to stay the whole period.



Applications are handled through The European Opera Academy .The deadline for submitting your application is  18 April 2017. To apply, click on the green "Apply"-button on the top right corner of this page.

The following documents will be required:

  •     Personal Development Plan (Letter of Motivation)
  •     CV (résumé)
  •     Photo and Passport Scan
  •     Web links to a recent audio recording and a  recent video recording. Each recording should be maximum 10  minutes

Additional required documents: If you are applying to the module as an Erasmus Exchange Student, we also need  the following documents:

  •     Your latest Transcript of Records
  •     Certificate assuring that you are registered at a higher education institution
  •     Letter of recommendation from a tutor or teacher  at your institution
  •     Nomination letter from your institution

These specific documents are to be sent separetely by e-mail to:


For information and details regarding the contents of the module, please send an e-mail to

For other general information about the application or  Erasmus related matters, please contact our International Coordinator