Professional Development Projects
XL Arts began facilitating Professional Development Projects in 2014. These projects are designed to help compliment a singer's current stage of development and provide performance opportunities and experiences that are not being provided in their tertiary studies.
The projects involve a series of masterclasses, forums and workshops to help expose the participants to new ideas and help develop and nurture their craft as a performer. Each project runs between 2-8 weeks with the project culminating in a fully staged opera performance with orchestra or concert format. Along with rehearsals for the productions.
2020 Summer Project
JUMP-START your 2020
with an intensive series of Masterclasses from some of Australia's finest.
With world-renowned operatic directors and coaches, as well as classical music experts and Artistic managers, focus on your development with XL Arts inc.
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2019 Summer Project
XL Arts Inc. professional development summer project for 2019 was an Introduction to singing in Russian. The six-week intensive course was conducted by Russian Repertoire Specialist Alan Cook, our Artistic Director Liane Keegan and Repetiteur Irina Cherkasski.
The project gave the participants an introduction to the vast amount of wonderful Russian repertoire in both art song and operatic repertoire, whilst also studying the Cyrillic Alphabet and pronunciation of the Russian language. The project culminated in two concerts for the participants to put into practice what they had learned throughout the course.
the Mozart project 2017
The Mozart Project focused on the recitiative and ensembles from Mozart operas. Participants performed a concert of early art songs and arias in preparation for worshopping the Mozart ensembles. Special guest mentors included: Simon Kenway, Jacqueline Dark, Stefan Cassemenos, Justin Jacobs and Liane Keegan.
the Verdi project 2016
The Verdi Project focused on the connection between text and character and also preparing a role and singing in Italian through Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Special guest mentors included: Margaret Haggart, Nance Grant, Michael Lewis, Dobbs Franks, Liane Keegan and Patrick Burns.
the Purcell project 2016
Our first Summer project focused on singing in English, through the exploration of English Art Song. The project culminated in staged performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas conducted by Sascha Kelly and directed by Liane Keegan. Special guest mentors included: Margaret Haggart, Simon Kenway, Alison Cole, Cameron Menzies, Helga Hill, Liane Keegan and Patrick Burns.
the Rusalka project 2015
The Rusalka Project resulted in a staged production of Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka sung in Czech, in a special chamber arrangement by Fraser Goulding conducted by Patrick Burns and directed by Liane Keegan. This project gave the singers an intense course in singing in Czech with special guest language coach Marta Koval, along with exploring the repertoire of Czech Art Song.
the figaro project 2014
Our inaugural Professional Development Project focused on teaching singers the methods and techniques of how to learn an operatic role. The course was centered around Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with special guests including Dobbs Franks, Janet Perkins, Liane Keegan and Patrick Burns. This project culminated in the participants singing excerpts of the role studied with chamber orchestra, conducted by Patrick Burns.
Masterclass with Margaret Haggart
Dido Chorus Rehearsal Simon Kenway (Guest Artist)
Dido and Aeneas Sitzprobe
Un ballo in Maschera Rehearsal Patrick Burns (conductor)
Dido and Aeneas
Chorus rehearsal with Simon Kenway