Vocal Arts

Opera Theatre

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Opera Theatre, part of MSM's Voice program, is one of the foremost opera training programs in the world.

About MSM Opera Theatre

Voice students at MSM who are cast in opera theatre productions will develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers — while gaining exposure before New York City audiences. The program has a long history of excellence, attracting some of the most talented young singers from around the globe. Cited 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.

Opera Theatre Administration

Carleen Graham, Associate Dean & Director of Vocal Arts, cgraham@msmnyc.edu
Christina Teichroew, Managing Director of Opera and Musical Theatre, cteichrow@msmnyc.edu
Kristen Kemp, Head of Music Staff, kkemp@msmnyc.edu
Kathryn Miller, Assistant Managing Director of Opera and Musical Theatre, kmiller@msmnyc.ed

Opera Theatre Faculty and Artistic Staff

Kristen Kemp, Head of Opera Music Staff
Jeremy Chan, Vocal Coach
Miriam Charney, Music Director, Contemporary Opera Ensemble
Catherine Malfitano, Director, Junior Opera Theatre
Thomas Muraco, Vocal Coach
Djordje Nesic, Vocal Coach
Gordon Ostrowski, Director, Community Opera Ensemble
LeAnn Overton, Music Director, Community Opera Ensemble
Jorge Parodi, Music Director, Senior Opera Theatre
A.Scott Parry, Director, Senior Opera Theatre

Guest Artist Staff (2021-2022 academic year)

James Blaszko, Stage Director, Fall Opera Scenes
Lawrence Edelson, Stage Director, Spring Mainstage
Stephanie Havey, Stage Director, Fall Mainstage
George Manahan, Conductor/Music Director, Fall and Spring Mainstage


Video performance of Our Multiple Voices: Original compositions for unaccompanied voice (Spring 2020)

13 original unaccompanied songs based on the singers’ own personal stories during the pandemic.

Success Stories

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  • Jan 3, 2022 Opera
    MSM Alumna Laquita Mitchell (MM ’01, PS ’02) featured as Opera Wire Artist of the Week
  • Apr 23, 2021 Opera
    Jorge Parodi, MSM’s Music Director of Opera Theatre oversees new take on “Carmen” in Atlanta
  • Apr 14, 2021 Opera
    Poetry by MSM faculty member Tazewell Thompson is featured in the New York Times

Snow Maiden, performed in April 2018

Cosi fan tutte, performed in March 2018

Cosi fan tutte, performed in March 2018

Dangerous Liaisons , by Conrad Suza, performed by MSM Opera Theatre in December 2015.