Organization of the Opera Operation 2

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110OOP2 ZK 1 2T Czech winter

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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

lectures, analysis of economic indicators, analysis of practical experience.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Students have a general knowledge of the opera environment in the Czech Republic and abroad and have comleted „108OOP1.“

Course contents

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

  1. Creation of the dramaturgical plan and performance plan - creating a model plan according to assigned parameters.
  2. Schedule of opera staging preparations - planning, contracting, securing production
  3. Seasonal and repertoire theatre - common practices, advantages and disadvantages, particulars.
  4. Internal communications in an opera ensemble and multi-ensemble theatre.
  5. External communications - promotion, marketing, sponsorship
  6. Co-production performances.
  7. International co-operation - guesting abroad, festivals, hosting artists.
  8. Promotion, marketing, sponsoring
  9. Attendance - the audience member, subscriber, marketing research, audience structure, societal demands, competition environment.
  10. Publications and exhibitions activities
  11. Training activities - projects for children and youth, school performances, opera studios

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.

Nekolný Bohumil a kol. Kontext provozování divadla v ČR. AMU Praha.2018. ISBN 978-80-7331-501-6

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 during the lectures and development of the semester paper.

Overal grading is comprised of 20% for activity in lectures, 50% for the written and 30% for the oral parts of the exam.

Conditions for successful completion of the course: active participation in classes 60%, visit of an opera performance, development and presentation of the course work.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room TR1-4024
Učebna 4024 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)

(Tržiště 18, Praha 1)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 10:20–11:50 Ingeborg RADOK ŽÁDNÁ Učebna 4024 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)
Tržiště 18, Praha 1
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans