he Course for Opera Coach / Assistant Conductor, offered since 1994, trains musicians to perform the various functions needed to prepare an opera or ballet performance.

As rehearsal pianist, the opera coach accompanies the singers, chorus and dancers on piano during rehearsals and assists the conductor and director during the actual performance. As prompter, working alongside the director and stepping in for the conductor as necessary, the coach directs the group and dress rehearsals and assists the conductor during performances. As stage manager, he or she gives cues to singers, the chorus, dancers, mimes and technicians according to the director’s notes on the score and may conduct the off-stage orchestra. The lead instructors, some of whom contribute to the Teatro alla Scala productions, are: James Vaughan, Enza Ferrari, Umberto Finazzi, Alberto Malazzi, Dante Mazzola, Alessandro Melchiorre, Vincenzo Manna, and Vincenzo Scalera.

Course participants also receive intensive practical training through participation in the Academy Project (an opera on the Teatro alla Scala program fully staged by students). As part of the Music Department courses, they will also take part in master classes, provide accompaniment to the singers in the Opera Academy during their lessons, take part in the Academy Course for Orchestra Musicians, the Course for the Ensemble of Modern and Contemporary Music, the Chorus and the Children’s Chorus. Furthermore, during the course, the students will have the opportunity to watch rehearsals of operas and concerts on the Teatro alla Scala program.

Course details

Beatrice Benzi, Nelson Calzi, Enza Ferrari, Umberto Finazzi, Alberto Malazzi, Dante Mazzola, Pietro Mianiti, Bruno Nicoli, Vincenzo Scalera, Marcelo Spaccarotella, Paolo Spadaro, James Vaughan
I year, from 5th of November 2018 to 31st of October 2019; II year, from 2nd of November 2019 to 31st October 2020 (= 1400 total hours, divided into 500 hours of classroom lessons and practical exercises and 200 hours of internship for each year).
mandatory, from Monday to Friday, approximately from 10 to 18.30. During the internship period, the presence may also be required during the evening or at the weekend.
Prerequisites for admission
between 18 and 29 years old (Bachelor's degree in piano, obtained at a Conservatory of Music or a Similar Music Institute (or equivalent).
admission is subject to passing a selection test divided into a practical part and a motivational interview. For all the details, refer to the course brochure.
Accademia Teatro alla Scala | Teatro alla Scala | Associated Institutions.
here is a registration fee of € 85, to be paid by credit card, and a fee to be paid by SDD only.
Application deadline
30 September, 2018.
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