Organization of the Opera Operation 1

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110OOP1 Z 1 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Introduction to the particular environment of Opera
  2. Introduction to the structure and organization of an opera house.
  3. Introduction to the economic operation of Opera and various types of financing
  4. Introduction to running of an opera institution in relation to the prepration and implementation of an opera staging.
  5. Enable students to get an overview of opera institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Mode of study

Lecture, moderated discussion, analysis of attended opera performances, analysis of model budgets, analysis of recommended texts.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No knowledge requirements necessary.

Course contents

The organization of an Opera is a complex process which must respect artistic, economic and practical viewpoints vertically and horizontally.

  1. Opera - The genre of Opera and its particulars
  2. An opera house's structure - artistic and non-artistic professions, management.
  3. Opera house organization
  4. Opera ensembles in the Czech Republic - brief characteristics, artistic direction, finance, mulit-ensemble theatre, perspectives in theatre with opera.
  5. Opera houses in Europe and the USA - function, financing, repertoire
  6. Opera festival in the Czech Republic and abroad
  7. Artistic elements of an opera ensemble
  8. Non-artistic professions and elements
  9. Opera house dramaturgy - criteria, requirements, dramaturgic plan
  10. Planning - production, weekly and monthly planning, year plans, multi-year plans.
  11. Economic aspects - budget, income and expenditure, sefl-sufficiency, professional fees
  12. Labor and monetary relations.

Recommended or required reading

Agid Philippe, Tarondeau Jean-Claude: The Management of Opera, an International Comparative Study, ISBN 978-0-230-24726-0, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Bing Rudolf. 5000 večerů v opeře. Editio Supraphon, Praha, 1988.

Conte David M., Langley Stephen: Theatre Management, ISBN 0-89676-256-4,EntertanmentPro, 2007.

Johnová Radka. Marketing kulturního dědictví a umění. Grada, 2008.

Gregorini Bedřich, Gregorini Jindřich, Srstka Jiří: Základy divadelní činnosti, ISBN 978-80-7331-093-6, Nakladatelství AMU, 2007.

Kaiser M. Michael. Strategické plánování v umění: praktický průvodce. Institut umění - Divadelní ústav, 2006.

Nekolný Bohumil a kol. Divadelní systémy a kulturní politika. Edice Box, Divadelní ústav, 2006.

Orrey Leslie. A Concise History of Opera. Thames and Hudson, LTD London, GB, 1972.

Pallin Gail: Stage Management – The Essential Handbook, ISBN 978-1-84842-014-4, Nick Hern Books, 2018.

Rhine Anthony: Theatre Management – Arts Leadership for the 21st Century, ISBN 978-1-352-00174-7, Palgrave, 2018.

Šesták, Jiří. Divadlo-kultura-podmínky (Osobní zkušenost). Edice Disk velká řada - svazek 20. KANT, Praha, 2012.

Webb Duncan M.: Running Theaters, ISBN: 1-58115-393-7, Allworth Press, 2004.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on activity in lectures and completion of the semester paper.

Independent reading is required during the semester. The overall grade is comprised from 20% for lecture activity, 30% for the written and 50% for oral sections of the grade.



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