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Address:City Lit Opera School
City Lit
Keeley Street
Covent Garden
London WC2B 4BA  
UK
Web:citylitoperaschool.org  
Email:music@citylit.ac.uk  
Tel:+44 20 7492 2630
NameTitle/Function
Linda Elliott**Administrator, Classical singing
Colin BaldyArtistic Director, City Lit Opera School
Peter CrockfordMusical Director, City Lit Opera School
** main contact
 PROFILE
Company type Repertoire Season Location
Opera Training Baroque to modern Showcases: December; March/April; Jun/July London
City Lit Opera School provides training for those interested in applying for entry to conservatoires or for entering the profession. Participants come with a range of backgrounds and experiences: those moving from an undergraduate course and wanting time to consolidate skills before the next stage in their careers, people who have had a break and want to get back into performing, and people who just want a chance to explore their potential.

The course involves vocal production sessions, stage-craft, language coaching and production sessions. Typically, these lead to a workshop performance of scenes at the end of terms one and two. In term three a fuller production is mounted, ensuring that all participants have the opportunity of singing a more substantial role. Longer term plans include taking the final performance with orchestra to a festival outside London.

Module 1 includes improvisation, how to sing recitative, how to work in ensembles (musically and on stage), production of scenes (to include recitative and ensemble work in English). The scenes will involve textual work and improvisation before the actual blocking so that the character and the production grow naturally and easily.

Module 2 builds on module 1. The recitative sessions explore singing recitative in foreign languages (principally Italian). The ensembles are larger and more complicated, sung in original languages. Again there will be a workshop performance of scenes studied throughout the term.

Module 3 draws on the skills developed during the year and leads to a larger production.

 EVENTS, by date
Ethereal intervention
 13, 14 Dec: London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre
 PAST EVENTS, by title
- 2016 -
Shakespeare at the Opera: The Merry Wives of Windsor
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 5, 6 Apr

Purcell: The Fairy Queen
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 22, 24 Jun
Maldon, Promenade Park Amphitheatre: 25 Jun

Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 28 Oct
- 2015 -
Opera Scenes
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 31 Mar, 1 Apr
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 15, 16 Dec

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 7, 8 Jul
Maldon, United Reformed Church: 11 Jul

Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea
London, City Lit, John Lyon Theatre: 7, 8 Jul
Maldon, United Reformed Church: 11 Jul