Stage Directing

Participants will receive tutorials and hands-on experience directing scenes and arias, under the close supervision of acclaimed stage directors David Walsh and Roberto DeSimone. Topics will include: research and preparation, style and setting, characterization, blocking, and acting exercises. A step-by-step guide to the rehearsal process will be provided, as well as a discussion of organization and appropriate repertoire.

Directing students will also participate in all of the other activities of the Opera Viva! program, including daily Italian language classes, observing and/or taking voice lessons and coaching, tickets to the Arena di Verona opera performances, and a host of other educational and networking opportunities.

The Daily Schedule for Stage Directing Students

9:00 – 10:00   Italian Language Class

10:00 – 11:00   Private lesson with Master Teacher

11:00 – 12:00  Recitative/stage directing (alternate days)

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch

1:00 – 3:15   Observing student scene rehearsals

3:30 – 5:00   Stage Directing Lab (Stage directing students coach arias and scenes