Druid City Opera Workshop

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The 2021 Virtual Druid City Opera Workshop, held May 16-21 in an online format, was a nice success.  16 young artists from 10 states and Canada enjoyed a rewarding variety of experiences and classes in acting, yoga, movement, improvisation, and music business. Click 2021 Program to see what the young artists shared on the final online performance, Friday evening, May 21, 2021.

And now we are very pleased to announce the return of the in-person, live Druid City program:

May 18-26, 2022

Watch this space for a link to the no-charge application on YAPTracker in early Fall, 2022. 

2022 Faculty (Additional faculty artists and interns TBD; watch this space as more details unfold through the Fall.)

  • Dr. Paul Houghtaling – program director and music business (University of Alabama [UA])
  • Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell  – mezzo-soprano; Mezzo Class (UA)
  • Dr. Christy Lee – vocal coach (Mississippi State University)
  • Dr. Linda Lister – yoga for singers, stage director (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Mr. Andrew Livingston – improvisation instructor (Second City Improv., Chicago)
  • Dr. Richard Masters  – vocal coach (Virginia Tech)
  • Dr. Dawn Neely – acting for singers, stage director (University of West Georgia)
  • Prof. David Ronis – acting for singers, stage director (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Dr. David Tayloe – tenor, Tenor Class (UA)
  • Dr. Susan Williams – soprano, Soprano Class (UA)
  • Prof. Amanda Johnston – professor emeritus; artistic consultant

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. (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

Learn More or Apply Now!

Past Workshops

For an idea of what the 2022 Druid City Opera Workshop will look like, please take a look at the schedule and program from 2019.

Druid City Workshop performers
Druid City 2019

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

The 2021 Druid City Opera Workshop was an all-online experience.  See above for details.

The 2020 program was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.