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Stage work and productions 2

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Master’s in opera

Brief course description

The course aims to give students experience with practical work on stage. This is accomplished through various stage-related projects that are carried out in addition to the graduation production that is part of the Independent Master Project course.

The Stage Work and Productions 2 course is integrated into all of the other courses, so that the productions are entirely essential to the programme. The productions shall encompass various stylistic eras and show a certain breadth in regard to musical, vocal and theatrical styles. The choice of repertoire is adapted to the current group of opera students. The productions are led by a team consisting of the theatrical and musical coordinators.

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • be able to embody a larger role and portray this role in a musically and theatrically credible manner on stage
  • demonstrate vocal and theatrical vitality in a varied repertoire
  • be able to initiate and develop a simple stage production
  • display good collaborative skills and an understanding of their own role in the production as a whole

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods are educator-led teaching, supervision and independent work. The instruction is groupbased, with a focus on the individual student’s development.

The productions are either separate projects solely for the Master’s students or projects carried out across several programmes at the Academy of Opera. The productions are adapted so that all the Master’s students are given at least one major part during the programme.

Performative practice at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet or participation in another relevant professional enterprise may be approved as part of the course.

During the Stage Work and Productions 2 course, students shall rehearse and perform a part in a complete opera production.

Coursework requirements:

  • mandatory attendance, minimum 80%
  • active participation in the instruction
  • ongoing completion of the mandatory assignments


All coursework requirements must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment.

The student’s coursework is assessed on an ongoing basis. This ongoing assessment is based on supervision, teacher assessments and the students’ own reflection on their development in relation to the course’s goals. The ongoing assessment is done by the given instructor.

In addition to the ongoing assessment, each student shall hold a final demonstration. During this demonstration, the student’s performance of the role is assessed by an external examiner and the given teacher.

The course uses a pass/fail grading system.