A New & Exciting Opera course for aspiring young singers and the more mature talented singer







          Welcome to the Saturday Academy

     at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff.

It is a great honour for me to be appointed  the Director of these new and exciting courses, designed to nurture young talent, and prepare them for Advanced courses and an Opera Career.The Senior course also targets the more mature talented singer, eager to improve vocal & dramatic skills and gain confidence on stage.             

We are now busy taking on singers for the new Academic Year starting on Sat Oct 3rd 2015.Year We are very pleased to announce a continuation of last year's successful new style set -up  ,and alternating every fortnight with the highly successful Youth Course.

 The singers will concentrate on arias in the first term ..2 to be chosen by them and 2 by the staff. They will be coached in these musically , stylistically , vocally and dramatically.There will also be talks on performing skills.At the end of the term  will take part in a Masterclass by a International artist. During the term they will also learn 2 Opera ensembles for use later in the end of year concert.

In the Second Term there will be more aria coaching by visiting staff, 2 more ensembles ,and the scenes and arias set dramatically. Another Masterclass will take place at the end of the term.

The final term will concentrate on the preparing for a concert,in July,and also for preparing to Film scenes and arias for DVD with a professional Cameraman.

There will also be a visit from an Agency to give career advice.

The singers will be coached by an International Visiting staff of Conductors, Coaches & Directors, and will work on Opera Scenes, Audition arias, Ensemble work and Performing skills.

An opportunity not to be missed……. we hope to see you there soon!




Patricia O'Neill Director


Emmanuel Siffert & the Saturday Academy at a Concert with the Welsh Concert orchestra in Cardiff on May 27th 2012


Key Elements



·      Developing the voice and tackling Vocal problems


·      Strong Emphasis on Ensemble work


·      Course features weekly Acting and Performing Training


·      Audition technique


·      Preparation of Staged Opera Scenes for Performance


·      Master Classes by International Performers at regular intervals throughout the course.


·      Camera recording facility


·      Individual coaching

Repertoire for the year 2012-2013 ...Ensembles:

  • Quartet from the 'Ghosts of Versailles'..Corigliani
  • Ice Cream Sextet ...The street Scene..Weill
  • Excerpts from 'the Tales of Hoffmann'...Offenbach
  • Excerpts from 'Die Fledermaus'...Strauss
  • Trio from Impressario' ...Mozart
  • Duet Ensemble : We are Women...Candide..Bernstein
  • Excerpts from la Nozze di Figaro
  • Sextet from La cenerentola'...Rossini
  • Ensemble 'old Joe has gone fishing' .P.Grimes..Britten


  • Concert June 15th 2013. 

 Typical Timetable


10.00-11.00    Warm-ups & Vocal technique Class


11.00-12.00    Approach to an Opera Score,

                          Rhythm training,& Ensemble work


12.00-1.00       Audition aria class




2.00-3.00   Drama & Performing Skills


3.00-4.00    Preparation of scenes for concerts


4.00-5.00   Language skills/Analysis on camera/Movement/

                    Individual Coaching


On Master classes weeks , timetable determined by the Maestro



Cost of course



£250 a term ( payable per term)

Cheques payable to Trinity College St.David's Wales International Academy of Voice


Location :

WIAV, 42, The Parade Cardiff.Cf243AD 


Tel:01656788831; Mob: 07930493302


Patricia O'Neill: Vocal Coach/ Scene Director

Music Staff Repetiteurs

 Sian Davies

Jan Ball

Visiting International Staff

Emmanuel Siffert..International Conductor (Switzerland)

Gail Pearson

Helen Field

Geraint Dodd

Eldrydd Cynan Jones

Patrick Wheatley

 The Welsh Concert Orchestra invited the Saturday Academy to appear in their concert in Cardiff on May27th.

 The Final Concert took place at St. Germans Church in Cardiff  on June 16th 2012


Opera scenes and arias :


SEMBLE - SCENES: (from 5 singers onwards)
Lehar: Finale 2th act Merry Widow
Massenet: Manon: Act 1  "Hola! Hé!  Monsieur l'Hôtelier" (Poussette,Javotte, Rosette,De Brétigny, l'Hôtelier)

Donizetti: Lucia de Lammermoor: Act 2 no.9  "Chi mi frena en tal momento" (Arthur, Henry,Lucy,Bide-the-Bent,Alice, Edgar)

Richard Strauss: Salome: Judenquintett (the Quintett of the Juives)

Bizet: Carmen Quintett no.15 (Carmen, Frasquite, Mercedes, Remendado, Dancairo)

Verdi: Falstaff  Act2, Part2 or " Tutto nel mondo é burla"(3rdterm)

SCENES (up to 4 singers)

Enrique Granados: Goyescas  Third Tableau  (Rosario, Fernando,Pepa, Paquiro)

J.Strauss: Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venica) 

No.6 Quartett "Alle maskiert": (Annina,Ciboletta,Caramello,Pappacoda)

Trovatore: Infida ...Qual Voce  (Leonora,Manrico, Conte Luna)
Donizetti:  Elisir d'Amore (Duetto Adina,Nemorino)

Beethoven: Fidelio: Quartett no.14 ER sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen (Pizarro,Florestan,Leonore,Rocca)


Rossini: Barbiere Trio no.15


Staged Scenes to be announced from L'Elisir Damore, Carmen, Merry Widow ,Fidelio, Alcina, Barber of Seville, Faust,Traviata,& from repertoire above.