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MARYLAND OPERA STUDIO CURRICULUM

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.

Master of Music in Opera Performance

First Year of Study

Coursework is devoted to musical coachings and voice lessons, scene study and character exploration through in-depth study and creative exploration. Performance repertoire is selected to further bolster individual strengths and to address areas of weakness. 

 Maryland Opera Studio students performing.

Performance Opportunities

  • New Work Reading
  • Scenes Program

Coursework

  • Applied Lessons
  • Diction (English and Italian)
  • Opera Techniques
    • Acting for Singers
    • Movement for Singers
    • Scene Study
    • Stage Combat
    • Vocal Pedagogy
    • Weekly Coachings

Second Year of Study

Further exploration of skills introduced in the first-year curriculum are further addressed with a multitude of acting classes, all of which further focus on the preparation and performance of two complete roles. Singers do not audition for roles as repertoire is chosen to meet the needs of each class with guaranteed casting in the fall and spring opera productions. 

 Maryland Opera Studio students in costume.

Performance Opportunities

  • Two fully staged roles performed with orchestra

Coursework

  • Applied Lessons
  • Diction (French and German)
  • Opera Techniques
    • Costuming
    • Mask
    • Mime
    • Movement for Singers
    • Opera Repertoire
    • Scene Study
    • Shakespeare

 Additional Required Courses

  • Theory of Form
  • Opera History
  • Seminar in Musical Research

Doctor of Musical Arts in Opera Performance

First Year of Study

Those students earning their D.M.A. begin their first year with a focus on academic course work and join the Maryland Opera Studio for the second and third years of study.

Second Year of Study

In the second year, doctoral candidates join the Maryland Opera Studio. Coursework is devoted to musical coachings and voice lessons, scene study and character exploration through in-depth study and creative exploration. Performance repertoire is selected to further bolster individual strengths and to address areas of weakness.

 Maryland Opera Studio students performing.

Performance Opportunities

  • New Work Reading
  • Scenes Program

Coursework

  • Applied Lessons
  • Diction (English and Italian)
  • Opera Techniques
    • Acting for Singers
    • Movement for Singers
    • Scene Study
    • Stage Combat
    • Vocal Pedagogy
    • Weekly Coachings

Third Year of Study

Doctoral candidates continue with the Maryland Opera Studio for their third year of study. Further exploration of skills introduced in the previous year’s curriculum are addressed with a multitude of acting classes, all of which focus on the preparation and performance of two complete roles. Singers do not audition for roles, as repertoire is chosen to meet the needs of each class with guaranteed casting in the fall and spring opera productions.

 Maryland Opera Studio students in costume.

Performance Opportunities

  • Two fully staged roles performed with orchestra

Coursework

  • Applied Lessons
  • Diction (French and German)
  • Opera Techniques
    • Costuming
    • Mask
    • Mime
    • Movement for Singers
    • Opera Repertoire
    • Scene Study
    • Shakespeare

 Additional Required Courses

  • Theory of Form
  • Opera History
  • Seminar in Musical Research