Graduate Opera Studies

The Opera Studies Program is open to graduate students, although on rare occasions, with their studio instructor’s permission, an exceptionally gifted undergraduate is admitted. Placement occurs after matriculation. A maximum of two years participation in Opera Studies is permitted for each degree/diploma program.

The Opera Studies Program is a multifaceted ensemble course for singers with coursework in diction, acting, movement, and dramatic coaching. Diction is required in the first year. Acting and movement are required for each year that a student is enrolled in Opera Studies and appropriate assignments will be made after fall auditions which are required of all students and take place during orientation week each year.

Although the focus is training, with an eye to the future, public performance is considered an important component of the training plan. Opera Studies presents two full productions (one each semester), a chamber opera or review in Jordan Hall, an outreach opera, and several opera scenes programs with piano accompaniment every academic year. All full productions are double cast and titles are chosen to feature the particular talents of each new class and to include as many Opera Studies singers as possible.

Recent past productions have included Adamo’s Little Women, Bernstein's Candide, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Cavalli’s Egisto, Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.