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Classical Singers' Workshop Series: Opera

Master the classical sound and adapt it to opera

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Today’s opera singers need to know how to create a real, credible character on stage. They need to have excellent diction and make the bravest colour and dynamic choices all while having an acute awareness of what the orchestra is doing.


This practical and inspirational workshop will help you to master the classical sound and adapt it to singing opera.


We will do this in the context of Estill Voice Training, a revolutionary vocal development program that offers classical singers unique, precise tools to continuously balance, modify and control their voices throughout their career. 

Led by professional opera singer and voice teacher Stefan Holmström, it is a safe space for learning and experimentation with opportunities for individual coaching throughout the session. With a working singer’s experience of performing operatic roles in different languages at both traditional and unexpected venues, Stefan will share his passion for opera and his experience as a performer and musician, including practical advice on sound, phrasing and acting.


Saturday 3 December 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm GMT




£70 for this session

£175 for 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:

  • Opera Workshop

  • 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series

As part of an overview of the Estill Model, we will identify and explore the vocal structures that play an important role in classical singing. This will give you a deeper understanding of how your voice works and how you can produce an opera sound.

Before the workshop, participants will need to learn one or all of five sections of operatic arias which we will use throughout the session to put into practice the tools we will explore. 


The songs are:


  • Soprano: Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, Omio babbino caro (first 20 bars)

  • Mezzo: Bizet, Carmen, Habanera (first 12 bars)

  • Tenor: Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore, Una furtiva lagrima (first 8 bars)

  • Baritone: Mozart, Marriage of Figaro, Non più andrai (first 13 bars)

  • Bass: Mozart, Magic Flute, In diesen heil’gen Hallen (first 10 bars)


You can sing the excerpts in any key that is comfortable for you. Please feel free to explore all of them even if they are not usually performed by your voice type. Sheet music will be emailed to you after you have registered.


What you'll learn

  • How your voice works with an overview of the Estill Model

  • Chiaroscuro balance for opera, singing with squillo

  • How to bridge the passaggio

  • Breathing and support

  • Natural phrasing

  • Tongue and lip control for clear diction

  • How to work with an orchestra

  • Acting in opera

  • How to practice these tools moving forward



Saturday 3 December 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm GMT




Who it's for

Classical singers, choral conductors and voice teachers. 


£70 per person

£175 if purchased as part of the 3-part Classical Singers' Series Workshops (Early Music, Art Song and Opera).

About the trainer

Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher. He trained at Sweden's Malmö College of Music and at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Stefan is an experienced operatic performer. Following a career at venues including Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of singers and speakers from his studio in central Brighton. 


About Estill Voice Training

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific, evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you effective tools to improve your craft. With EVT, simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (i.e. throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. 


It offers speakers and singers solutions to realise their full vocal potential (e.g. overcoming breaks in the voice, controlling dynamics and vibrato, increasing range, belting safely and more). It’s a scientific approach with emphasis on training structures of the voice in isolation for maximum artistic freedom.

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:


If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

Register for Opera Workshop

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