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 great success with La Calisto and L'Incoronazione di Poppea in 2017 Ensemble OrQuesta will again take their opera academy to the John McIntosh Arts Centre in London. This year's first production will be a double bill of probably the two most performed operas from the English Baroque repertoire: Dido & Aeneas and Acis & Galatea. This will be a combination of a third revival of Dido & Aeneas which was created at Woodhouse Opera and taken to Brazil in 2016 with a new production of Acis and Galatea. 

The academy will happen from 29th March to 8th April in London at the John McIntosh Arts Centre with performances on 7th and 8th April.

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 Baroque, 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)

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: 7th January



Dido (soprano/mezzo-soprano)
Belinda (soprano)
Second Woman/Spirit (soprano/mezzo-soprano)
Aeneas (tenor/baritone)
Sorcerer/Sorceress (mezzo soprano/countertenor/baritone)
First witch (soprano/mezzo-soprano)
Second witch (soprano/mezzo-soprano)
First Sailor (tenor)

Galatea (soprano)
Acis - (soprano/tenor)
Polyphemus - (baritone/bass)
Damon (tenor/Soprano)