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Graduate and undergraduate students in all degree programs, including the Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Administration degrees, are eligible to participate in the opera program and receive the training and performance experience it offers. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates may also obtain experience in stage direction or opera workshop curriculum and administration through the teaching of classes and workshops in areas of their specialty or interest including, but not limited to, acting, audition techniques, movement and dance, and role preparation.  An official secondary concentration in opera stage direction and pedagogy at the DMA level is in the planning.


SUMMER 2017 – Last summer (2016), every graduate student and senior in the opera program either worked professionally as a young artist or participated in workshops or programs for advanced training throughout the country including Opera Saratoga, Ashlawn Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Greensboro Light Opera & Song, Birmingham Music Club Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Druid City Opera Workshop, and the Russian Opera Workshop.  In the summer of 2017, our students will represent UA at College Light Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Birmingham Music Club, Miami Music Festival, Red River Lyric Opera, BayView Music Festival, Spotlight on Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Blooming Voce Opera Workshop, Univ of Miami’s Salzburg Program, and others.

NEWS ON OUR COACHES – The UA Opera Theatre was pleased to welcome three renowned coach/conductors who were in residence in the 2016-2017 school year.  Thomas Bagwell visited in late October for a residency of coachings and Laurie Rogers returned to UA in December to prepare and conduct Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Amanda Johnston, author of German and English Diction: A Comparative Approach, was in residence to assist with preparation for Die Lusitgen Weiber von Windsor along with coach Wei-Han Wu.  In 2017-2018, the Opera Theatre welcomes Maestros Caleb Harris and Christy Lee for the fall production; Maestro Laurie Rogers returns for Amahl; and Amanda Johnston returns in the spring along with Dr. William Hudson, baroque ornamentation specialist.