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Opera Department Classes

The Opera Department offers the following courses for singers (there are others for pianists and composers). They are listed in approximate order of the level to which each is aimed:

Movement for the Stage

Techniques for attaining intellectual and physical control to achieve greater security and facility onstage in general, and to use movement as a tool in characterization. Required for participants in any production who have not already taken it. Connie Dinapoli and Olivia Sabee

Acting for Opera

An approach to dramatic characterization though the development of the actor’s imagination and expressive range, with special emphasis on the ensemble and projection techiques of the lyric stage. Required for participants in any production who have not already taken it.

Opera Styles and Traditions

Musical performance practice in opera and musical theater. Topics will rotate on a semester-by-semester basis to include such subjects as the Fach system, operatic recitative, musical theater, and career development. Enrollment by audition. JoAnn Kulesza, Eileen Cornett, and others.

Dramatic Text

A more advanced acting course combining an intense improvisation workshop with work in classical and modern spoken drama, and contrasting the styles and techniques appropriate to each. Enrollment by audition. Faculty (Not offered Fall 2013)

Professional Opera Coaching (POCP)

Individual musical and dramatic coaching for advanced Voice students seeking a career in opera. In regular weekly coachings, students may work on preparing audition material, role study, or other professional needs not covered by the regular courses and productions. Opera Certificate students only. Faculty

Departmental Master Classes

Classes taught by the entire faculty are offered at intervals throughout the year. These are required of POCP students, but open to others on a space-available basis, for performance, discussion, and experiment. Faculty

In addition to the above classes, a wide range of literature and repertoire courses are offered by the Voice faculty on a rotating basis. These include both a general survey of opera literature and special topics such as Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Strauss. Some specialist courses may also be offered by the Musicology Department.


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