For 14 to 21 year olds
Scottish Opera Connect gives aspiring singers and orchestral musicians a unique, practical introduction to the skills and experience neededto perform opera. The programme offers the chance to develop knowledge, technique and creative skills under the expert tutelage of Scotland’s top opera professionals. We've also added a new strand of the programme for aspiring stage managers.
Our Connect Chorus meets throughout the year for a programme of evening and weekend workshops, running from September to April. During the year the group works with a range of professionals involved in making opera in Scotland. Composers, conductors, voice coaches, stage directors, choreographers and designers come together to lead sessions on everything from singing and stagecraft to Alexander Technique and stage management.
Like Connect Chorus, our Connect Orchestra follows a programme of evening and weekend sessions running from September to April. Professional players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera work with the group as mentors throughout the course, helping to develop the musicianship needed to play for opera.
Connect Stage Management - new for 2015!
Following the successful pilot in 2014, this season there will be opportunities for those aged 16 to 19 to join the stage management team, providing technical and stage support for the Connect Company’s concerts and productions throughout the season.
Successful applicants will attend a varied programme of evening and weekend workshops and work with a range of opera professionals, as well as observing the rehearsal process of the professional Company. Participants will then put their newly acquired skills to use stage managing a fully-staged production at the end of term.
Auditions for Connect 2016/17 will be held in January 2016. Look out for information this Autumn.
Funded by Alliance Trust, Arts and Business Scotland, The Carntyne Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, and Rowena Goffin Charitable Trust.