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Theatre Lovett's Training in Opera Performance
The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang
In partnership with Irish National Opera

In 2020, Theatre Lovett, along with Irish National Opera and The Abbey Theatre (National Theatre of Ireland), co-produced and directed Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. The production was awarded the “Best Opera - overall theatrical experience” Award by The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2020/2021.

Theatre Lovett developed, and presents in association with the Irish National Opera, The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang, an intensive, five-day long training course on performance techniques tailored to opera professionals in order to share our expertise of engaging with audiences of all ages. The course is led by Louis Lovett and a professional piano accompanist.

This course is open to professional opera performers, directors and other practitioners who would like to focus on performance techniques.

Course Content

The Calm before the Sturm und Drang.
Our attitude in an audition or rehearsal room.
How to achieve a calm, focused energy and leave our ‘baggage’ at the door.

Gift us your eyes.
“Where should I look when I sing in an audition?”
At the audition panel, into middle space or at an imaginary moon?
In performance: singing and playing for your audience.

Know thyself.
“I’ve been told my head nods when I sing, does it?”
Stillness and how to take away extraneous movement.

Plant and grow.
“I sometimes go up on my toes for high notes.”
Why tippy toes can trip us up in more ways than one.

Hande hoch!
“What should I do with my hands!?”
Hand gesticulation: hands by my side, in my pockets or weighing melons?

Engaged neutrality.
Sad face, happy face or neutral face – how to relax our furrowed brows!
Facial expression – let our words and actions speak for us. No face pulling.

Float like a butterfly, sing like a bee.
How to move in the space: audition, rehearsal and stage blocking alone or with others.

Choral movement
Moving as part of an ensemble in rehearsal and on the stage.

Aria Work
Spotlighting moments in an aria of your choice through eyes, gesture and thought.

Trouser roles
Exploring playing another gender without going ‘over the top’.
How much or how little?
Acting like a child
Over the top? Make it stop!

Upcoming events

The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang March 2023
Details to be announced soon.

At the moment, we are taking expressions of interest for the 2023 course. To apply, please email your biog and headshot with a brief note outlining why you wish to participate to, adding “The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang 2023” in the subject line.

Please note, a waiting list is operating throughout the year for current and future courses. To be considered, please email your interest to adding “The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang waiting list” in the subject line and we will get in contact with any updates on course dates.


The Calm Before The Sturm Und Drang performance training course is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.