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Artist Diploma in Opera

Offering a small number of especially gifted performers a remarkable combination of mentorship, study, and performance opportunity, the NEC Artist Diploma in Opera takes full advantage of NEC's incredible educational and musical resources.

The program typically admits one singer each year, following a rigorous selection process. The small size of the program allows the Opera Department to invest significant time and personal attention into the training, development, and nurturing of each Artist Diploma singer, according to each singer's unique talents and needs.

  • Full tuition scholarship plus $10,000 annual stipend
  • At least one principal role with orchestra in a mainstage NEC production per year. There are at least two fully staged NEC opera productions each academic year.
  • Showcase performances in historic Jordan Hall
  • Given the highly selective nature of the program, Artist Diploma candidates are typically NEC’s first-call vocalists for additional performances of opera scenes, outreach programs, and special events.
  • Exceptional NEC faculty and visiting guest artists
  • Individualized, two-year program

Learn more about recent AD Opera students.

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