Hear about Opera Studies at NEC from the students and faculty members who drive the department
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 are made after fall placement auditions.
Opera Studies presents two full productions, a chamber opera or review in Jordan Hall, an outreach opera, and several opera scenes programs every academic year. All full productions are double cast and titles are chosen to feature the particular talents of each new class.
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.
Opera Studies chair Joshua Major talks about the program in this brief video
In April 2013, New England Conservatory presented the U.S. premiere of the critical edition of Rossini's little-known opera La gazzetta, including this dazzling "lost" quintet.
NEC Opera mounts two fully-staged operas each year in major Boston theatres, and supports the productions with television ads like this one for Massenet's Cendrillon.
"If you like the work, it will be fun!" Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker on how NEC has had an impact on her career, and her love for opera.