The UA School of Music and Opera Theatre are pleased to host the
tenth anniversary edition of the Druid City Opera Workshop
May ____, 2019.
(exact dates to be announced shortly)
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. (See qualification criteria under “How To Apply.”
The program includes:
- 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
(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, mime)
- 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
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The 2018 Druid City Opera Workshop and Young Artists Training Program was held May 16-24, 2018 with participants from 15 states and Canada. States included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia, along with Ontario, Canada.
The 2018 program also included two collaborative pianist interns and two stage directing interns.
22 young artists were selected from over 100 applicants. Thank you to all who applied to Druid City 2018, and we hope you’ll consider the tenth 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.