Opera Factory Trust
Opera Factory is a training ground for young singers from as early as 10 years old. Many are encouraged by their own singing teachers, others attend at first with a friend. Classes and workshops are at all levels - from the most basic beginners to advanced musical, character and language work for those moving toward a professional opera career. Leading principal roles in Opera Factory productions offer opportunities for advanced singers to build stage skills, performance endurance, and repertoire. As well as singers, Opera Factory is a place for young pianists, musical and stage directors, costume, lighting and stage designers, theatre technicians and stage managers.
The Foundation has supported Opera Factory in various ways since 2004 including a grant in 2008 to financially support a two-year project of workshops and training for senior and advanced students. The ‘Curtain Up’ workshops proved to be very popular attracting 34 aspiring opera singers each year under the expert tutelage of Dame Kiri, Dame Malvina Major, Terence Dennis, Rosemary Barnes, Helen Medlyn and Raymond Hawthorne. The workshops provided the opportunity for the singers to explore a wide range of fundamental opera topics, including vocal presentation and performance, role study, stagecraft, repertoire, characterisation and interpretation.
For more information visit http://www.operafactory.com/