Why Study Opera at Alabama?

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Opera at Alabama Is Exciting

Our training program includes opera as well as musical theater styles ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. We perform Verdi and Sondheim, Monteverdi and Cole Porter, Mozart and Bernstein, side by side because we believe versatility leads to marketability.

We study the art of the singer-actor, applying skills to the rehearsal process to bring music and theater to life on the stage.

We offer students the tools needed to have a career in the business today and the chance to find who they are as performers. Join us in the pursuit of excellence in our craft, and start your career at The University of Alabama!

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Opera at Alabama Is Comprehensive

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The UA Opera Theatre is an opera and musical theatre training program encompassing:

  • Workshop classes appropriate to all experience levels
  • Individual attention and personalized career guidance
  • Directing experience for graduate students and upperclassmen
  • Aria/song audition class
  • Improvisation using various styles and techniques
  • Dance, including period dances, and movement classes
  • Stage combat classes
  • Stage makeup classes
  • Music business classes (resumes, headshots, websites, promotion, and marketing)
  • Technical theatre experience
  • Scenes, one-acts, and full productions with piano and orchestra
  • Visiting artists and instructors including coaches, singers, managers, conductors


For information about studying opera toward a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree, visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

Learn more about graduate programs (master’s and doctoral) in opera in the UA Graduate Catalog.

Doctoral Secondary Concentration in Opera

We are excited to offer a DMA secondary concentration in Opera Workshop Pedagogy and Stage Direction.  Courses in opera stage direction are now in the catalog and additional directing opportunities are available.

Designed for students who wish to include Opera Workshop in their teaching careers, or begin a professional directing career, (or both!), the opera direction concentration will offer aspiring directors and opera teachers the opportunity to design and implement their own curriculum, teach a variety of skill sets, learn fundraising and other administrative duties, and direct scenes and full productions.