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The Maryland Opera Studio’s curriculum is designed to prepare singers for the future of opera by building vocal and musical skills alongside dramatic and physical skills through practical experience with esteemed resident faculty and visiting artists. Individual attention is a core principle with a select number of graduate students in each class and guaranteed performances in each semester of study, including full roles in two productions with orchestra.

Performance Opportunities

 Maryland Opera Studio students singing.

New Work Reading

Annual commissions are written for and feature all the members of the first-year class.

 Maryland Opera Studio students singing.

First-Year Opera Scenes

Each student is cast in multiple scenes, tailored to the musical and dramatic needs of the class.

 Maryland Opera Studio students performing in the fall opera.

Fall Opera

Each second-year student performs a role in this minimally produced opera with orchestra. The fall opera presents the art at its most elemental—focusing on the singer, the story and the music.

 a production set for the Maryland Opera Studio spring opera.

Spring Opera

This fully produced production with orchestra culminates the final semester of study, providing roles for each member of the second-year studio.

The Program

The Maryland Opera Studio curriculum is designed to prepare students for the current professional environment. During your two years in the studio you will train musically, dramatically and physically to be prepared for work in the ever-changing operatic field.

Classes Include:
Acting | Coachings | Costuming | Diction | Improvisation | Lessons | Mask | Mime | Music History | Scene Study | Shakespeare | Stage Combat | Vocal Pedagogy


Master of Music in Opera Performance

Doctor of Musical Arts in Opera Performance

Faculty & Guest Artists

In addition to esteemed resident faculty who guide weekly study throughout the Maryland Opera Studio curriculum, a robust roster of guest faculty and artists join the studio each year to further enhance the curriculum through masterclasses and individual sessions. Guests regularly include world renowned singers and master coaches focusing on breath work, language, stage direction and movement. Each of these artists work regularly in the industry and provide crucial perspective to students entering an ever-evolving profession.

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Current Students & Alumni News

Current students and recent grads spent their summers at:

  • Wolf Trap Opera (Jeremy Harr ’20, Jazmine Olwalia ’20)
  • Central City Opera (Jesse Mashburn ’20)
  • Opera NEO (Shafali Jalota ’19, Michele Currenti ’20)
  • Opera North (Charlie Calotta ’20)
  • Seagle Music Colony (Collin Power ’21)
  • Aspen Opera Center (Dallas Gray ’19)
  • Brevard Music Center (Andrew Boisvert ’19)
  • Chicago Summer Opera (Zyda Culpepper ’19, Amanda Staub ’19)


  • Véronique Filloux ’18, Central City Opera, Music of the Baroque and Chicago Opera Theater
  • Chelsea Davidson ’16, Merola Program, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera and Sarasota Opera
  • Amanda Palmeiro ’14, Washington National Opera and Washington Concert Opera
  • Patrick Kilbride ’14, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Opera Lafayette and Aldeburg Festival
  • Brian Wallin ’14, Glimmerglass Festival, Palm Beach Opera and Minnesota Opera
  • David Blalock ’11, Metropolitan Opera, Madison Opera and Opera Hong Kong
  • Andrew Owens ’10, Irish National Opera, Theatre an der Wien and Opera Philadelphia
  • Colleen Daly ’07, National Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera and Prototype Festival