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.
May 19-27, 2021
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 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
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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.