The program is limited to twelve singers who will perform at least four major roles in fully-staged productions. Students receive private coaching, intensive actor training and role preparation together with movement, period dance, language, audition and career management classes, and master classes with some of the finest artists in the world of opera.
In one of the few programs of its type in the nation, students develop linguistic, pianistic and coaching skills in the context of fully prepared original language productions. Opportunities are available to study conducting and take a wide range of vocal, stylistic and interpretative classes.
Candidates of proven ability and experience have a program tailored to their individual developmental needs, covering directing theory and practice, as well as acting, musical and foreign language skills, and areas of design and technical theater production. Students work as Assistant Directors on major productions and direct three productions of their own.
The program is designed to promote the development of superior performing musicians and teachers. It offers singers with a high degree of proficiency and artistry a comprehensive selection of classes in music literature, music history and performance practices, with electives covering a broad range of classes in the Opera Department, and numerous opportunities to perform in recital and on the opera stage.
Candidates are offered a wide range of practical and academic classes, including foreign languages and diction, oratorio and vocal repertoire. In the first year, six hours a week of opera training are required, covering movement, acting, and work on opera scenes. In the second year, students can continue with classes in opera characterization, opera coaching, and opera production. Students audition for major roles in mainstage opera productions, and studio and workshop performances.
This four-year program covers a complete range of academic and performance activities. It includes in the senior year a requirement for six hours a week of Opera Workshop, studying movement, acting, role preparation and culminating in a fully-staged performance of opera scenes. Advanced students audition for roles in mainstage opera productions and studio and workshop presentations.