Pittsburgh Opera proudly announces our inaugural Summer opera camp - Bravo Academy.
If you are an aspiring young singer, have a talent for creating the magic of the backstage world, or are a budding opera aficionado, this is the program for you! Focusing on musical theater, opera, and art song favorites, Bravo Academy ensures that all participants will have a chance to shine in the limelight.
Held in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters and professional performance space, Bravo Academy is a two-week day-camp program where participants receive invaluable hands-on experience with leading industry professionals and performers. Each instructor is a specialist in their field, selected specifically to offer participants a broad and accurate view of the world of opera. All participants will take a number of fun and engaging classes, participate in exclusive workshops with Pittsburgh Opera staff, engage in master classes with industry luminaries and master teachers, and so much more. Your two weeks in Bravo Academy will conclude with a professional showcase performance in Pittsburgh Opera’s iconic George R. White Opera Studio which hosts Pittsburgh Opera season productions.
Date: July 10 to July 21, 2023 - weekdays only
Times: 9:00am-5:00pm • participants bring their own lunch daily
Location: Bitz Opera Factory, 2425 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Final Showcase: Friday, July 21st at 7 pm - George R. White Opera Studio
Program Director: Rebekah Diaz, Director of IDEA Initiatives and Community Engagement
For more information contact Rebekah Diaz via email or by phone at 412-281-0912 x256.
This program is supported, in part, by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council through its Allegheny Arts Revival Grant.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
OPERA FAN FICTION • You might be familiar with some of the most loved stories in opera—but what do you think was really going on between those famous opera characters? Let your imagination run wild as you delve into the tales of beloved operas and take the story to the next level. In Opera Fan Fiction, you become the librettist as you twist the plot in whichever way you like! Learn the plots of operas, create backstories, invent side stories, and devise alternate endings in this fun group that encourages your creativity—the more outrageous the better!
OPERA IN MOTION • All singers know that our bodies are our instruments. In Opera in Motion, we realize exactly how important the physical aspects are in influencing our singing. In this interactive class, you’ll get on your feet as you practice yoga, stretching, and body awareness to ensure that you are ready for the stage. Choreography for Singers will round out this class and ensure that you will be a versatile and well-versed performer.
OPERA CULTURE • Much more than an opera appreciation class, Opera in Infamy gives you an insider’s perspective on exactly why so many people love opera. As you learn about the styles of singing, music, stories, and eras that categorize each opera, you will also get a glimpse into the drama that was happening behind the scenes. Stories of famous opera singers, tragic and hilarious tales of backstage mishaps, and finding the truths behind popular opera mythology will make you look at your favorite operas in a way you never had before.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN • What it takes to put an opera together is nothing short of magical. This class explores all the magic that takes place Behind the Curtain. Each session features a guest speaker/teacher who will share their expertise in a variety of behind-the-scenes occupations – production, costuming, directing, administration, leadership, and so on. You will participate in exclusive experiences that will have you interacting with professionals at the top of the field in hands-on activities and candid discussions.
OPERA ACHIEVEMENT • Why do we call our Vocal Forum class Opera Achievement? Because this class focuses on helping you realize your full potential and builds the confidence you need to achieve your performance dreams. This class is 50% master class, 50% group voice lesson, and 100% about making you feel comfortable and confident singing in front of an audience. Bring that piece you’ve been afraid to try out anywhere else—this venue is a safe and nurturing space where you can leave your fears behind and test the vocal waters in a welcoming environment.
IMPROV ACTING • Our improvisation and acting class not only offers a fun way for you to explore your acting abilities—you will also be trained using well-known acting techniques through specially tailored exercises that reinforce dramatic technique for performers. This highly collaborative, interactive, and fun class will give you everything you need to be comfortable on the stage and will give you the tools to bring your characters to life!
OPERA SCENES • All participants will take part in an opera scenes program where you’ll combine all of the skills you’ve learned during your time at Bravo Academy and put them into practice by performing with fellow attendees. Your scenes will be assigned to you on day one and each afternoon will be spent in rehearsals preparing your scenes. Bravo Academy will conclude with a performance of these opera scenes, fully staged, where you can show off for your friends, family, and Pittsburgh Opera patrons.