Halfway through my time at Oberlin in Italy I have learned so many new ideas about opera. In one lecture series we focused completely on the acting sequence of opera. The faculty here uses the term singing actor constantly and it definitely changed my perception of opera. The incorporation of acting and singing on a stage with the lighting, costumes, props, staging, an orchestra, and a set. When trying to comprehend everything that is going on, it is no wonder that such a powerful art form has survived the ages.
After having such an intensive study in opera, I had many difficulties to undertake, particularly when it came to staging. I have a very intense choral background and not as much in movement. I found it easier to not analyze my movements/acting as deeply at first and then gradually incorporate more layers of character as time went on. It is a fantastic process and I am so lucky I found something I love.