The USD Opera offers training and performance opportunities for students interested in the art of opera. Every semester, students enrolled in opera workshop have the opportunity to study and perform operatic literature from the common practice period as well as contemporary lyric theater.
Students develop and refine their vocal technique, acting and movement ability, musicianship, ensemble skills, knowledge of performance practices and overall artistry through rehearsals and public performances, both on and off campus.
Every year, USD Opera produces a minimum of two productions. The fall production consists of a children’s opera, one-act, or scenes program and includes outreach opportunities in the region. In the spring, USD Opera produces a full main stage opera with orchestra.
Auditions for the fall production occur in the first week of classes in the fall semester. Spring production auditions take place in early December. For most of the auditions, an aria or song of your choice is requested and a pianist is provided. Audition information is posted in the Fine Arts building, but the auditions are open to all students. If cast, students must register for 1 credit of Opera Workshop (MUEN 107/307/707).
Rehearsals take place from 2 - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, however, for some roles, M-W-F or T-Th availability may be acceptable at the discretion of the director. Additional rehearsals may be required in the evening and on weekends, particularly in the spring semester.
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The USD Opera has won national awards and received recognition every year since 2011:
|2017||The American Prize in Opera Performance||Honorable Mention|
|2016||The American Prize in Opera Performance||Second Place|
|2015||The American Prize in Opera Performance||Semifinalist|
|2014||The American Prize in Opera Performance||Finalist|
|2013||The American Prize in Opera Performance||Second Place|
|2012||National Opera Association||Third Place|
|2011||National Opera Association’s national convention||Featured Performers|