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Frost Opera Theater recognizes that today’s opera world is vibrant, eclectic, and ever changing.  Training, experience, and respect for tradition and innovation are central to the curriculum of opera studies at the Frost School of Music.

Performance activities reflect the broad range of programming in the twenty-first century, from Baroque opera to the most progressive works of our time.  Opera productions since 2007 have included The Rake’s Progress and Mavra (Stravinsky), Ainadamar (Golijov), Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, Jackie O (Michael Daugherty and Wayne Koestenbaum), Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro,  Cosí fan tutte, Albert Herring, Strawberry Fields (Michael Torke), Ballymore, Part One: Winners (Richard Wargo), The Beggar’s Opera, L’enfant et les sortileges, Les Malheurs d’Orphée, The Little SweepDido and Aeneas, Bastien and Bastienne, and The Merry Widow.

Highlights

Renee Fleming Master Class – Frost Opera Theater Benefit, 2010 

Opera News - The Best Recordings of 2016, Frost Opera Theater – The Death of Webern (Dellaira/McClatchy)

The Center for Contemporary Opera Gala – 2011, New York City, excerpts from Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus (Libby Larsen) and Mary Shelly (Allan Jaffe/Deborah Atherton)

John Duffy Institute for New Opera Residency Workshops

Previous Awards

South Florida Classical Review

Top Ten Performances of 2016 – Frost Opera Theater, # 3: Mavra (Stravinsky), Ainadmar (Golijov)

Top Ten Performances of 2015 – Frost Opera Theater, # 2: Jackie O

(Daugherty/Koestenbaum)

2012 Honorable Mention - Marriage of Figaro

2011 Honorable Mention – Visions of Orpheus

Quotes

“It would be difficult to imagine a performance of greater musical dedication and refinement than that presented by the Frost faculty forces.”
- Frost Opera Theater brings riveting life to “Death of Webern”

“The double bill’s opening performance on Thursday night was a triumph for the gifted young singers and a top-notch production team headed by director Jeffrey Buchman.”
- Frost Opera Theater serves up outstanding performances in Puccini double bill

The University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater production, which opened Thursday night at Gusman Concert Hall, does full justice to this brilliant comic opera. With a versatile cast and outstanding musical and theatrical direction, this Albert Herring is a high water mark for the Frost Opera Theater.
- Frost Opera Theater triumphs in delightful “Albert Herring”

 

To learn more about Opera Theater Programs, please click here.

Opera is a vibrant music genre in which performers relay a high level of technical artistry within an evolving historical context. The distinctive and expressive genre incorporates a variety of musical and theatrical subgenres for a truly memorable visual and sonic experience. These days, opera performers continue to perform the oldest operatic songs alongside a growing repertoire of contemporary operatic compositions.

What is Opera Theater?

In opera theater, the main actors sing. Traditional plays involve actors reciting their lines in loud voices, but in opera, the actors sing their “lines” (the libretto) in a powerful and emotional manner. Opera is known for its ability to provoke reaction. Many have said that there is no way to hear opera and not feel moved in some way.

A Short History of Opera Theater Programs

Reaching back 400 years, opera is a musical genre that originated in Europe. The genre was an extremely baroque and ornate affair, reflecting the preference of the times for decoration. Many of the most famous historical composers wrote music for the opera: Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini are just a few examples. Contemporary opera is thriving today. Recent years have seen a renaissance in the genre. What is considered opera is broader than ever before, and this is exciting for performers and audiences alike.

How Do I Know If Opera Theater is the Right Career Path for Me?

If you are a strong singer with a flair for theater, opera may be a field you will find to be of interest. Opera singers take vocal performance seriously and spend many years honing the instrument of their voices for the operatic stage. If you decide to become an opera singer, the city you choose to live in might be dictated by your career. You will need to live in a place that accommodates opera theater, or you must be willing to travel.

Job Outlook Predictions in the World of Opera Theater

Many opera singers enjoy professional careers singing in opera houses around the world. Some opera singers enter teaching students or directing musical ensembles. Opera students may end their formal studies after receiving a B.S. in Music, or they may pursue a graduate or PhD degree. Opera singers may spend their careers in music theater, acting, director, or other theatrical paths. Some opera singers enter complementary fields like music engineering, music therapy, or music education. The career options in music are plentiful. Reaching out to an opera theater program is a great way to learn about what’s out there for opera theater graduates currently.

Top Five Characteristics of The Best Opera Theater Programs

When choosing to enroll in an opera theater program, you have many choices before you. Considering the assets and drawbacks of each program will allow you to make a confident decision in a program that is right for you. The following list comprises some of the assets you might want to look for before you begin to apply:

1. A Small Program of Singers

  1. The size of opera theater programs ranges from school to school. Though there are benefits to being part of the largest programs, one of the drawbacks of joining a huge school is that your voice may get lost in the shuffle. Making sure that you choose a school with a small but established program means that you will be sure to receive plenty of personalized attention.

2. Instruction Geared Towards Your Unique Voice

  1. One of the most beautiful things about opera is that no two voices are the same. Every voice also has its inherent strengths and weaknesses, which means that you the singer are charged with the task of continual vocal improvement. The best way to improve your voice is to work one-on-one with trained instructors. By participating in individual lessons, you will learn how to improve your voice without straining or mis-training it.

3. A Cohort of Supportive Peer Singers

  1. It’s important as a singer to have peers who will support you and cheer you on. Though the world of singing may be known to some as a competitive space, there is plenty of room for mutual admiration and encouragement. Choosing a program with a culture of support is an important consideration for any aspiring professional singer.

4. Applied Learning Beyond the Classroom

  1. Whether you end up working as a professional performer, vocal coach, or an academic instructor yourself, your career will benefit from taking part in a variety of applied learning opportunities on- and off-campus. Service-learning, internships, community performances, and other interactions with the public help you take what you are studying and apply it to the real world.

5. A Location Suited to Singing

  1. One of the best ways to get ahead in the world of opera theater is to begin to build connections while you are still a student. If the school you’re applying to already exists in a city with a singing scene, you will be that much closer to landing the opportunities you seek. Before applying, make sure to check out how much the school’s city offers in terms of off-campus opportunities.

What Do I Need to Know Before Applying to a Program in Opera Theater?

Applying to any opera theater program will require an audition. This audition will help the faculty and admissions committee learn about what you will bring to the table. Don’t worry if you have not yet mastered voice: this is what you are entering the school to learn. What the school will look at, however, is your potential, your commitment, and whether or not you’ve already built a strong foundation. Consulting with any current vocal teachers or coaches about your application and audition process is highly advised.

Finding a Opera Theater Program That is the Right Fit For You

Numerous considerations go into choosing an opera theater program for you. The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami takes exclusive advantage of The Frost Method™, a pedagogical approach well-suited to singing or any other musical endeavor. As you work alongside students aiming for similar goals, a professor provides individual and small-group instruction. Learning through practice, feedback, critique, and repetition are some of the best strategies for becoming a stellar opera theater singer. The Frost Method™ allows you to grow as an individual singer and scholar.