Musical Theatre & Opera Singers

Course Details

Date Saturday 10 June 2017
Time 9:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration 10 – 11 June 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tutor Peter Knapp & Janet Haney
Fee £175.00
Age 16+

The Course

A returning favourite, this is an intensive weekend of professional vocal coaching that will help develop your technique and characterisation, either in opera or in musical theatre. 

Working on repertoire of your choice (opera, song or musical theatre) with very experienced and versatile coaches, you will bring a new dimension to your performance. 

You will benefit from:

  • Physical warm-ups to develop a clear understanding of the muscle process involved in singing and performing
  • Group sessions in ensemble singing and stage movement
  • Tutorials, working in small groups with a coach, on individual repertoire

The course will conclude with an informal performance which will be professionally recorded for your future use.



After graduating from Cambridge, Peter Knapp studied singing in London and Italy. He made his operatic debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Company as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro and then worked for a number of seasons for Kent Opera, singing the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (filmed by BBC Television). He also sang Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva and the title role in Szymanowski’s King Roger at English National Opera and created the role of Maxim in Joseph’s opera Rebecca for Opera North. He has also sung with Scottish Opera and Welsh Opera and appearances abroad have included performances in Frankfurt, Zurich, Bulgaria, St Louis, Hong Kong and Venice, where he sang in Handel’s Agrippina and Britten’s Church Operas. His distinguished career as a concert singer has taken him to Australia and North and South America, and he has sung with many leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic. Peter Knapp has also translated and directed opera and has dedicated himself to the training of young singers. He helped set up British Youth Opera and then established his own company, Travelling Opera, which toured extensively in Britain, giving regular seasons at the Barbican Concert Hall, and also in France and the Far East. He currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Drama Centre in London.

Janet Haney has worked for 20 years as a repetiteur and coach in Opera, a freelance accompanist and Choir Conductor.  She regularly coaches in Iceland at the Songskolinn and soloists at the Islenska Opera.  In 2009 Janet began coaching for WNO and at CIAV, the Cardiff International Academy of Voice run by Dennis O' Neill.  For four consecutive years she has cast, coached and played for the Opera scenes at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Recent repetiteur work has included Wexford Festival Opera "Le Roi malgre lui" and a production of Donizetti's "L'assedio di Calais" for English Touring Opera. In January 2014 she began coaching at The Royal College of Music.

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If you need to stay in Leeds overnight, we can recommend Jurys Inn , which is a 10 minute walk from Leeds College of Music. Other accommodation options can be found at

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"Excellent course and really fabulous teaching and communication.  So much expertise, passion and adapting to the needs of each individual."

Musical Theatre & Opera Singers' Weekend participant


Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.






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