The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma launches an innovative ‘on-the-job-training’ programme for the main professional figures involved in the production of opera and musical theatre: composers, librettists, directors, set designers, costume designers, lighting designers, répétiteurs and singers.
Fabbrica (literally, the factory) is the first Young Artist Program that offers Italian and foreign new talents the chance to enter the world of theatre after their training in conservatoires and academies.
Participants will be able to enrich their own artistic and professional baggage through meetings with artists of the contemporary scene, auditions with agencies, rehearsals, lessons and many hours of practical and creative work alongside the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma guest artists.
Fabbrica will reward talent, and has no set age limits for potential participants. While we will take into account each candidate’s career to date, we will be especially interested in his or her potential. We will thus identify and set personal goals for each participant, so that the Fabbrica can help them achieve these.
The Fabbrica will exist in symbiosis with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and so the physical location will be the actual Theatre. Most of the students’ study and practical activities will be guided by guest artists of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Participants will take an active role in each production of the Theatre’s programme, acting, for instance, as assistants to the creative teams or as covers for the guest artists, or even actually performing a secondary role.
Fabbrica is a practical workshop: each composer will see his or her work staged by the directors and singers of the Young Artist Program. Each singer will receive a personal study programme, indicating the secondary roles he or she is expected to learn and the main roles to cover. Each pianist will be entrusted with a certain number of singers to guide and assist as they prepare for their assigned roles.
Fabbrica will be split over two years (January-July 2016 and January-July 2017). A maximum of 17 participants can be accepted for each biennial course: 1 composer, 1 librettist, 1 directors, 1 set designers, 1 costume designers, 1 lighting designers, 3 répétiteurs and 8 singers.
Fabbrica will be the only Young Artist Program of a theater that actually commissions and stages new operas to young composers. To enhance our heritage, costume designers will be asked to organize exhibitions of historical costumes, while set designers will study historical Teatro dell’Opera set designs. Throughout the program, all Fabbrica students will take part in the educational and promotional activities organized by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. At the end of the program, at least one opera will be entrusted to Fabbrica singers and direction team.
Salary range (January – July 2016 + January – July 2017) : 14000€