Opera Institute

Performance Diploma in Opera

The Performance Diploma in Opera (Opera Institute) is a program for specialized training in the field of operatic performance. The two-year residency offers concentrated instruction in acting, Italian conversation, lyric diction, musical styles, movement, Alexander Technique, ballet, stage combat, and period styles. In addition, private voice lessons and repertoire coaching are provided weekly, along with regular master classes and professional classes with distinguished faculty and guest artists. Annual public performances include two full-scale productions with orchestra, a Fringe Festival of one-act operas each fall, scenes programs, and outreach activities. In the spring of the first year, a professional review will determine if individual progress warrants continuation. At the end of the second year, the student is awarded a Performance Diploma in Opera.

Learning Outcomes

All students graduating with the Performance Diploma in Opera are expected to demonstrate:

  • Ability to establish and maintain a healthy and reliable vocal technique.
  • Ability to master stage techniques related to singing and acting.
  • Facility in lyric diction in foreign languages (Italian, French, and German).
  • Professionalism in preparation, punctuality, and respect for peers and instructors.
  • Capacity for artistic judgment and the skills for navigating the professional world.

Program of Study

ML 507 Applied Voice 4 cr
MP 725, 726, 727, 728 Movement and Alexander Technique I, II, III, IV 4 cr
MP 729 Repertoire Class and Coaching I, II, III, IV 4 cr
MP 732 Production: Rehearsal and Performance I, II, III, IV 8 cr
MP 735 Acting Seminar I, II, III, IV 4 cr
MP 736, 737, 738, 739 Conversational Italian for the Operatic Professional I, II, III, IV 4 cr
Total credits 28 cr

The Performance Diploma in Opera is a two-year program that requires sequential registration once a student matriculates. Students must complete a minimum of 28 semester credits with grades no lower than B– in graduate-level coursework.