Druid City Opera Workshop

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The UA School of Music and Opera Theatre deeply regret the suspension of the 2020 Druid City Opera Workshop due to the ongoing health crisis. We wish our faculty, former young artists, and all of our Druid City friends the very best in these challenging times.

But in the spirit of optimism and looking forward, we will be pleased to host the 11th edition of the Druid City Opera Workshop, begun in 2010.

Virtual Druid City Opera Workshop

May 16-21, 2021 – ONLINE … a virtually explosive week!

Complete the online application to attend the virtual workshop.

A rich and rewarding variety of experiences and training will be offered in an online format for five days. Classes in acting, yoga, movement, improvisation, and music business will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time, with private musical and dramatic coachings on some evenings.

The program begins with a Zoom meet-and-greet on Sunday evening, May 16.

The program ends on Friday evening, May 21 with an online aria concert with all 20 participants performing the aria they coached during the week.

2021 Faculty

  • Kevin Chance (vocal coach)
  • Paul Houghtaling, (program director and music business)
  • Amanda Johnston (vocal coach)
  • Richard Masters (vocal coach)
  • Linda Lister (yoga and dramatic coach)
  • Andrew Livingston (improvisation)
  • Dawn Neely (acting and dramatic coach)
  • David Ronis (acting and dramatic coach)
  • Alexis Davis-Hazell (mezzo-soprano)
  • David Tayloe (tenor)
  • Susan Williams (soprano

Sadly, we are unable to offer opportunities for stage directing and collaborative pianist interns in 2021.

TOTAL COST for the week:  $400

About the Workshop

Directed by Paul Houghtaling, the Druid City Opera Workshop is an intensive opera training and young artists program, offering a range of performance opportunities for singers, apprentice coach/pianists, and apprentice stage directors.

PAID INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ASPIRING COLLABORATIVE PIANISTS AND STAGE DIRECTORS. (NOTE – not available for 2021) (See qualification criteria under “How To Apply.”)

The program includes:  (See above for the 2021 format. Not all activities shown below can be a part of the 2021 Druid City Experience.)

  • Performances (with piano) of repertoire selected from:
    • scenes from opera, operetta, and musical theater
    • staged arias and songs
    • monologues and scenes from plays
    • improvised new works
      (Each participant is assigned two appropriate scenes to study and perform during the week, with possible additional performances of monologues, improvised scenes, dance combinations, and more.)
  • Daily coaching and rehearsal of assigned repertoire
    (carefully selected based on voice type and experience level)
    (Each participant receives at least two coachings through the week; voice lessons are not offered at Druid City.)
  • Daily classes including:
    • improvisation and acting for singers
    • movement (dance combinations, mime, laban and/or M. Chekhov techniques)
    • stage combat
    • audition techniques
    • the business of singing
    • master classes
  • Special sessions and classes which may include:
    • role preparation; score preparation
    • yoga for singers
    • diction for singers

Learn More or Apply Now!

Past Workshops

Druid City Workshop performers
Druid City 2019

The 2019 Druid City Opera Workshop and Young Artists Training Program was held May 22-30, 2019 with participants from 18 states and the Ukraine. States included Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia.

The 2019 program also included two collaborative pianist interns and three stage directing interns.

23 young artists were selected from over 90 applicants. Thank you to all who applied to Druid City 2019, and we hope you’ll consider the 11th season of our program next year.

For a detailed look at the 2018 Druid City Opera Workshop program, please see these two documents:

About UA and Tuscaloosa

Nicknamed the Druid City, Tuscaloosa is home to The University of Alabama, a beautiful campus and surrounding community, located about an hour away from Birmingham. We are easily reached from the Birmingham airport (We can arrange ground transportation if you come to Tuscaloosa without a car. You won’t need one.), and there is plenty to do when you’re not busy with the workshop program — restaurants, museums, cultural events, theater and concerts.