Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera: A Guide to Singer-getics

Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera: A Guide to Singer-getics

By: Mark Clark (author)Paperback

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... 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.

About Author

A singer and teacher, Mark Ross Clark has taught opera workshop for 20 years and has directed and produced over 50 operas in professional and university venues. He holds a doctorate in opera production and degrees in vocal performance, and is currently Associate Professor in the Indiana University School of Music and IU Opera Theater Production Director.


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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780253215321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780253215321
  • weight: 286
  • ISBN10: 0253215323

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