Head of the Voice Department, Professor Nadežda Kurem
Head of the Opera Studio, Ene Rindesalu
The Voice Department offers classical voice courses dedicated to repertoire from Baroque to Late Romanticism while also studying the respective singing schools. In addition, contemporary voice techniques and 20th and 21st century music are also studied. The focus is on individual lessons, and regularly held concerts at the Voice Department are a practical outlet for the students. It is considered important that the students are given a comprehensive preparation for their future work in professional opera theatres: the curriculum includes acting skills and the theory of theatre, elocution and stage speech, body techniques and stage movement, as well as dance and stage makeup from different eras. In the Opera Studio, roles and excerpts from operas are prepared with guidance from different directors, conductors, choreographers and pianists. Every spring, a full opera with the participation of the most distinguished Voice Department students is performed to the public. Students in the master’s programme can focus on different eras and styles; a teaching module is also available.
At the Opera Studio, which is part of the Voice Department, about fifty operas have been staged over the years, most in collaboration with professional (music) theatres, directors and conductors. Thomas Wiedenhofer and Georg Rootering (Germany), Pekka Saloma and Ilkka Bäckman (Finland), Kim von Binzer (Denmark) and Giorgio Bongiovanni (Italy) have all worked with the Opera Studio students.
The EAMT Symphony Orchestra and students from the Stage Design Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts also collaborate in staging the Opera Studio performances.
Major Opera Studio projects:
Meder "Die beständige Argenia" (2011)
Händel "Rinaldo" (2011)
Mozart "Le nozze di Figaro" (1976, 1988), "Così fan tutte" (1980), "Die Zauberflöte" (1991, 2005), "La finta semplice" (2006), "La finta giardiniera" (2009)
Cimarosa "Il matrimonio segreto" (1984, 1994, 2003, 2013)
Donizetti "Don Pasquale" (1992), "L'elisir d'amore" (1986, 2002, 2015)
Puccini "Suor Angelica" (2007, 2016), "Gianni Schicchi" (2007)
Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin" (2001)
Rossini "La cambiale di matrimonio" (2002), "Signor Bruschino" (2001), "La scala di seta" (2012)
Menotti "Telephone" (2000, 2012), "The Old Maid and the Thief" (2010)
Bernstein "West Side Story" (1993)