Opera singers come to the Academy to develop their vocal and stage skills. The training program allows for the study of different repertoires and roles in individual or group sessions with several highly-specialised teachers including Jean-Marc Bouget, Margaret Singer, Michelle Wegwart, Jeff Cohen, Irène Kudela, and Muriel Corradini.
Movement Director Joseph Alford and choreographer Rodolphe Fouillot offer coaching sessions during which singers work with their bodies learning about gesture and movement through space.
There are also masterclasses with the Paris Opera’s Music Director Philippe Jordan, as well as Ildar Abdrazakov, Luciana d’Intino and Raina Kabaiwanska.
Singers are placed in real-life professional situations, participating in recitals and opera productions as part of the Academy’s programming or in other productions at the Opéra Bastille and the Palais Garnier.
The Academy’s mission is to enable young musicians to supplement their training. Many of them participate in rehearsals and performances of the Paris Opera Orchestra’s opera and ballet productions at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. They also enjoy individual and group working sessions and receive preparatory coaching for competitive orchestra competitions from the Orchestra’s leading soloists. In addition, they have the opportunity to participate in the Paris Opera Academy’s productions and chamber music concerts.
The highly-specialised training offered to pianist-vocal coaches is intended to prepare them for the rigorous demands of their profession. Focusing on several areas of development, they acquire a methodical approach to the different repertoires and gain from individual and group working sessions with the Paris Opera’s own vocal coaches. In addition, they coach the trainee singers during their lessons and rehearsals or during the Academy’s concerts. They also assist the conductor in productions scheduled at the Amphitheatre and during rehearsals of the Paris Opera’s opera and ballet productions.
Directors-in-residence have the opportunity to learn to know the Opera’s unique environment. They follow the process of staging one or two of the season’s productions at close quarters. They also must engage in an in-depth examination of a series of classical and contemporary works by interacting with the Opera’s different protagonists: conductors, costume designers and lighting designers.
The organisation of a workshop at the end of the internship counts among the training's primary objectives.
Costume designers-dressers are immersed in the Paris Opera’s dressmaking studios where they help to create the costumes for the House's opera and ballet productions, as well as the Academy's productions. They broaden their knowledge as they learn about the entire production process and can specialise as a production manager or on a particular technique in the costumes department: tailoring, knitwear, costume decoration, etc.… Their training experience is complemented by specific modules such as textile recognition.
They are also expected to create a period piece which will help to give them an overall understanding of their professional environment.
The Academy offers additional training for young graduates inside the Paris Opera’s wig and makeup studios. Among its many objectives, the training course aims to teach the different techniques specific to creating custom-made wigs, including the art of hair implantation and a knowledge of historical hairstyles. Training experience is complemented by specific modules such as textile recognition, makeup, the creation and fitting of false craniums and dressing room work. All this is intended to give an overall understanding of what becoming a professional wigmaker-makeup artist entails.
Professional expertise in the upholstery workshops is passed on to young master craftspersons in residence at the Academy. Working side by side with the upholsterers of the Paris Opera’s set-building workshops, they receive advanced training in the production methods unique to stage design, and more particularly, the techniques of working with large-scale dimensions. Training is carried out in the workshop where they will also participate in maintaining and safeguarding the Paris Opera’s repertoire. To foster transversality, upholsterers also study stage equipment and the process of creating accessories.
The Paris Opera Academy’s skills programme includes intensive training for a engineer in the design office of the set-building workshops. Whilst there, trainees discover the role of engineering in the unique environment of the Opera and how to create sets based on an artistic project. Working side by side with the Opera’s professionals, they develop skills in technical drawing by using SolidWorks and AutoCAD software, as well as through making structural calculations with SCIA software.
Breaking down inter-disciplinary barriers, technicians also study carpentry and stage equipment.
The carpentry workshops guide young professionals eager to perfect their carpentry skills for the performing arts. In the workshop, they use the knowledge acquired during initial training to develop new skills in reading plans and building large-scale sets. With a view to fostering transversality, carpenters also study stage equipment and the process of creating accessories.
The Academy’s training programme offers young craftsmen and craftswomen the opportunity to specialise in the use of composite materials in the set-building workshops. Working in tandem with the Opera’s professionals, they will learn to construct set components in glass fibre, epoxy resin and polyester. Breaking down inter-disciplinary barriers, they will also study stage equipment, carpentry and the creation of accessories.
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