Ensemble OrQuesta

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"To me, Ensemble orQuesta Baroque Opera Academy might deserve its own category in the realm of Young Artist Program. 
The working style of the course's instructors creates an experience that is at once incredibly intense in instructional detail, yet relaxed and collaborative in atmosphere. 
As a student, I wouldn't come looking for manicured schedules and a defined list of topics to be structurally addressed. The course, and through it, the opera, assembles organically. There are limitless opportunities to learn from the instructors' expertise, (as well as from your colleagues' work), and to explore your own abilities, if you come with an open mind, and look for chances to probe. 
Above all, doing Armide was a uniquely fun week of living not just in the music, but in the people I was surrounded by."

Fiona Gillespie (USA) - Tittle role in Armide - 02/2016

"This course enabled my debut as a haute contre tenor in a french baroque opera, I loved every minute of the process and would highly recommend it to like minded people. The level of tutoring was astonishing, both coaches are superb musicians and accomplished a huge feat of putting on an opera in 5 days. The response from the public was hugely positive and the review from the last night couldn't have been more positive."

Kieran White (UK) - Renaud in Armide - 02/2016

After the huge success of the Marriage of Figaro in 2016 and Don Giovanni in 2017 Ensemble OrQuesta will again take their opera academy to Hastings in partnership with the Hastings Philharmonic. This year's opera will be the last from the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy: Cosi fan Tutte.

The academy will happen from May 24th to June 3rd in Hastings with performances at Saint Mary in the Castle on June 2nd and 3rd. 

Each participant will perform at least one performance of a role in a fully staged production of the opera in original language with the accompaniment of the Ensemble OrQuesta and harpsichord. 
The course will be ministered by Marcio da Silva and specialist Stephanie Gurga. Singers will be coached on style, technique, pronunciation, acting and movement. Professional pictures will be taken from both dress rehearsals.

Course price: £600 (Does not include accommodation)
£800 (with accommodation)
*the accommodation is limited to a number of participants

Applications are now open for all roles. Roles will be allocated by the application deadline, however applications may also be accepted beyond that date.

Application requirements: CV and recording to [email protected]


Application deadline: 4th March


Fiordiligi - Soprano
Dorabella - Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Ferrando - Tenor
Guglielmo - Bass/Baritone
Don Alfonso - Bass/Baritone
Despina - Soprano