Opera Studies

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Renowned faculty members in the Department of Vocal Performance play a vital part in opera studies through numerous course requirements and offerings.  These include private lessons, vocal coachings, diction, stagecraft, movement, history, audition technique, media, production, and performance.  Master Classes by guest artists are given throughout the academic year in all areas of opera discipline.  A complete list of Master Class guests can accessed on this website.

Undergraduate Opera Studies

Students register for an opera ensemble each semester through their four years of study.  This stagecraft and movement ensemble meets twice a week:

  • MVP 188 - Opera Theater I, Freshman
  • MVP 288 - Opera Theater II, Sophomore
  • MVP 388 - Opera Theater III, Junior
  • MVP 488 - Opera Theater IV, Senior 

MVP 580 – Opera Production (Frost Opera Theater)

Participation in Frost Opera Theater is arranged in tandem with Opera Theater ensemble.  All students attend casting auditions for MVP 580 productions and may be cast in opera chorus and role assignments.

Frost Opera Theater rehearsal hours are held four times a week, with additional times scheduled in proximity of performance dates:

  • Monday: 2:30 – 4:50
  • Tuesday: 6:30 – 10:00
  • Wednesday: 2:30 – 4:50
  • Friday: 2:30 – 4:50

Graduate Opera Studies 

M.M. and A.D. students register for an opera ensemble each semester during their course of study.  DMA students register for an opera ensemble in two semesters with the option to register in all semesters as an elective.  

MVP 788 - Opera Theater, Graduate

This stagecraft and movement ensemble meets twice a week.

MVP 680 - Opera Production (Frost Opera Theater)

Participation in Frost Opera Theater is arranged in tandem with Opera Theater ensemble.  All students attend casting auditions for MVP 680 productions and may be cast in opera chorus and role assignments.

Frost Opera Theater rehearsal hours are held four times a week, with additional times scheduled in proximity of performance dates:

  • Monday: 2:30 – 4:50
  • Tuesday: 6:30 – 10:00
  • Wednesday: 2:30 – 4:50
  • Friday: 2:30 – 4:50