Recognized as one of the foremost opera training programs in the world, Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theater attracts some of the most talented young singers from the United States and more than forty other countries. Students refine their technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences.
Headed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, the program is internationally known for its excellence. Each year two fully staged productions are presented, which span the classical and contemporary repertoire. Praised by the New York Times for its significant contribution to operatic life in New York, Manhattan School of Music has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the finest artists singing throughout the world today.
Each season Dona D. Vaughn directs one mainstage production, as well as the Senior Opera Theater, which is required of all senior voice majors. Students have an opportunity to work with leading professional directors and conductors in the other production of the season, as well as in the Opera Scenes program that is presented each fall.
Students accepted into the Opera Theater also have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive outreach training program, including Discover Opera! and an abridged classic opera, Amato’s Opera-in-Brief.
Other important elements of the opera program are the Opera Workshop and Opera Lab, which provide appropriate venues for singers to develop stagecraft and dramatic interpretation as well as gain additional performance experience.
Albany Records has released professional recordings of numerous Manhattan School of Music productions
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Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.
La clemenza di Tito, W. A. Mozart
Der Zigeunerbaron, Johann Strauss
The Dangerous Liaisons, Conrad Susa
Persée et Andromède, Jacques Ibert and L'enfant et les sortilèges, Maurice Ravel
Macbeth, Ernest Bloch
Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart
The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson
Orlando Paladino, Franz Joseph Haydn
Thais, Jules Massenet
Aufsteig Und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Kurt Weill
Cosi fan tutte, W. A. Mozart
The Ghost of Versailles, John Corigliano
Summer and Smoke, Lee Hoiby
El amor brujo and La vida breve, Manuel De Falla
Pénélope, Gabriel Fauré
Le nozze di Figaro, W. A. Mozart
Later the Same Evening, John Musto
Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss
Street Scene, Kurt Weill
Griffelkin, Lukas Foss
L’Italiana in Londra, Domenico Cimarosa
Lord Byron's Love Letter, Raffaelo de Banfield, and The Village Singer, Stephen Paulus
Cendrillon, Jules Massenet
A Dinner Engagement, Lennox Berkeley and Riders to the Sea, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Zemire und Azor (Beauty and the Beast), Louis Spohr
A Month in the Country, Lee Hoiby
Mirandolina, Bohuslav Martinu
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten
Béatrice et Bénédict, Hector Berlioz
The Seagull, Thomas Pasatieri
Der Wildschütz, Albert Lortzing
Amelia Goes to the Ball, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Roman Fever, Robert Ward
The Rape of Lucretia, Benjamin Britten
The House of Seven Gables, Scott Eyerly