Singing,Acting,and Movement in Opera

Singing,Acting,and Movement in Opera

by Mark Ross Clark, Lynn V. Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253215323

ISBN-13: 9780253215321

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"... a remarkable collection of observations and reflections on past experiences by many excellent artists and teachers that will doubtless help... those interested in creating ‘opera magic.’" —Tito Capobianco

Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera is designed for use in opera and musical theater workshops and by beginning professional singers.

Overview

"... a remarkable collection of observations and reflections on past experiences by many excellent artists and teachers that will doubtless help... those interested in creating ‘opera magic.’" —Tito Capobianco

Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera is designed for use in opera and musical theater workshops and by beginning professional singers. Drawing on years of research, teaching, and performing, Mark Ross Clark provides an overview of dramatic methodology for the singing actor, encouraging the student’s active participation through practical exercises and application to well-known works. The Singer-getics method emphasizes integration of the various dimensions of opera performance, creating synergies among vocal performance, character development, facial expression, and movement on the stage. The book presents important information about stagecraft, characterization, posture, historical styles, performance anxiety, aria, and scene analysis. Excerpts from interviews with performers, directors, conductors, coaches, composers, and teachers offer insights and advice, allowing the reader to "meet the artists." An appendix by postural alignment specialist Emily Bogard describes techniques of relaxation and self-awareness for the performer. This lively book will appeal to students, teachers, professionals, and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253215321
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Contents
Foreword: A Message from Tito Capobianco
List of Interviews
Using the Guidebook

I. PREPARATION
1. Body Awareness: Stretching For Flexibility and Power
2. Postural: Aligning the Body
3. The Expressive Face: Communicating Emotions Onstage
4. Character Study: Decoding the Clues to Character
5. Environment: Setting the Stage

II. INTEGRATION
6. Elements of Stagecraft: Learning the Language
7. Historical Etiquette: Bowing to Tradition
8. Improvisation: Unlocking the Imagination
9. Monologues: Talking Opera
10. Physical Analysis: Moving in Character

III. APPLICATION
11. The Aria: Making Choices
12. The Scene: Putting it all Together
13. The Opera: Preparing a Role
14. Performance Anxiety: Facing Fear
15. Careers in Opera: Stepping Out

Appendix A: Attitude Chart
Appendix B: "Postural Alignment" by Emily Bogard
Appendix C: Literary Background of Selected Operas
Appendix D: Stage Manager's Handbook
Appendix E: Stage Combat: Faints, Falls, and Fights

Bibliography

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